What are vegan almond protein powders?
Vegan protein powder is a type of protein supplement made from high protein plants. Almond protein powder is a type of vegan protein powder made from California almonds. The nuts are harvested from the tree, hulled, and shelled. They are then sorted, pasteurized, roasted, and ground into a paste, which is pressed to remove most of the oil. The defatted paste is finally milled into a fine powder, which can be added to protein shakes, smoothies, oatmeal, and other recipes. Almond protein powder is a great source of protein for people on a plant-based diet.
Almond protein powder is arguably the most natural vegan protein powder, as it requires less processing to make than any other type of vegan protein powder. Nearly all other vegan protein powders are made with protein concentrates and/or isolates, which are products of significant mechanical and chemical processing. Basically, most naturally-occurring sources of dietary protein do not have enough protein content to be used as a protein supplement. They must be stripped of their non-protein components, which means what you ultimately consume looks nothing like real food. This is one of the reasons why other protein powders are not good for your gut, which is designed to digest only minimally-processed or unprocessed foods.
Are almond protein powders good for you?
Research shows that plant protein supports muscle mass and body composition improvements just as well as whey (the gold standard of protein supplementation). In other words, you are by no means holding yourself back by using vegan protein powder. There is no denying that animal proteins have some nutritional advantages over plant proteins, but any type of protein can help you reach your wellness goals as long as you are eating a balanced diet.
What are the benefits of almond protein powders?
Gut-friendly – We prefer almond protein powder to other plant protein powders because it is easier to digest. Our customers have experienced fewer digestive issues with our almond-based protein powders than with any other plant-based protein powder. This is in part because nearly all other vegan protein powders are made with plant protein concentrates and/or isolates. Protein concentrates and isolates have been stripped of enzymes and natural digestive aids, making them harder to digest than real foods. Almonds also have probiotic qualities, meaning they foster the diversity of the gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food. They are a good source of fiber too, promoting regular and healthy bowel movements.
Delicious – Almond protein powder has a rich, nutty flavor and smooth texture that far surpasses the chalky aftertaste gritty texture of most plant proteins. Our customers frequently tell us that our almond protein powders are hands down the best tasting vegan protein powders that they have ever had. It is perfect for making protein shakes and adding to smoothies, and can give almost any recipe a delicious protein boost.
Which almond protein powder is best for you?
The best almond protein powder for you will depend on your dietary restrictions (if any) and preferences. Continue reading to find out which of our almond protein powders is the best option for you.
Vegan vanilla almond protein powder – Vegan vanilla almond protein powder is the most gut-friendly of our flavored vegan almond protein powders. It is made with real Madagascar vanilla beans, and is a great addition to smoothies and baked goods. If you have gut issues or a sensitive stomach, we recommend starting with vegan vanilla protein powder.
Vegan chocolate almond protein powder – When blended with milk and ice, vegan chocolate almond protein powder makes a crave-worthy protein shake. That said, vegan chocolate almond protein powder is made with Ecuadorian cocoa, which can trigger heartburn for some people. If you have GERD or acid reflux, we recommend trying samples of our vegan chocolate almond protein powder, or choosing another flavor.
Unflavored almond protein powder – Unflavored almond protein powder is the most gut-friendly almond protein powder. That said, unlike our flavored almond protein powders, unflavored almond protein powder does not taste good when mixed with just milk or water. If you want to make protein shake, we recommend blending our unflavored almond protein powder with ingredients like banana and almond butter. You can also add it to smoothies, oatmeal, and other recipes.
How to use almond protein powders?
1 serving of almond protein powder can be mixed with 1-2 cups of cold milk or water to make a protein shake. It can also be added to smoothies, oatmeal, and recipes for an easy protein boost. Check out our high protein recipes for more ideas. If you choose to make a protein shake, use a blender or shaker bottle. Unlike other companies, we do not use food additives to help our vegan almond protein powders dissolve. One final note – our unflavored almond protein powder, unlike our other almond protein powders, does not taste good when mixed with just milk or water. It is meant to be added to smoothies, oatmeal, and other recipes.
When to use almond protein powders?
The best time to add almond protein powder to your diet is in the morning. Eating lots of protein breakfast will keep you full until lunch, discourage overeating, and reduce snacking later in the day. Higher protein intake at breakfast is also associated with higher total daily protein intake. In other words, a high protein breakfast, despite its satiating effects, allows you to maximize the amount of protein that you consume over the course of the day.
Plant protein vs whey?
Some people will tell you that plant protein does not measure up to whey protein, which is misleading. From a nutritional standpoint, whey protein powder has advantages over plant protein powder. First of all, it is more bioavailable, meaning it is easier to absorb and use. It is also a complete protein – it contains all of the amino acids that the body needs, but cannot produce on its own – whereas most plant proteins are not. That said, if you eat a balanced diet, neither of these advantages make a difference. As long as you are getting protein from a variety of sources, whey protein cannot help you any more than plant protein. In fact, research shows plant protein supports muscle mass and body composition improvements just as well as whey protein.
Nutrition aside, plant protein has the edge over whey protein. For starters, most plant proteins are easier to digest. This is because dairy-based proteins like whey, contain lactose. One third of adults lack the enzymes needed to digest lactose, and therefore experience digestive distress when they consume whey.
Plant protein is also better for your skin. Whey protein indirectly stimulates insulin production, which regulates sebum production. Sebum, an oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands, can clog your pores and cause pimples. It can also hinder your ability to process blood sugar efficiently, causing inflammation in your skin.
Finally, plant protein also has a considerably smaller environmental impact than whey protein. Dairy cows and their manure produce enormous amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, the poor handling of manure and fertilizers pollute local water resources, and dairy farming and feed production can lead to the loss of ecologically important areas such as prairies, wetlands, and forests
Are there any almond protein powder side effects?
Unless you have a sensitivity or allergy to almonds, almond protein powder causes fewer side effects than any other type of vegan protein powder. It is safe for nearly everyone, including pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children. If almond protein powder has caused side effects in the past, the other ingredients, not the almond, are probably the problem.
Where to buy almond protein powders?
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