The Best High Calorie Vegan Protein Powder

What is the best high calorie vegan protein powder?

drink wholesome is the best high calorie vegan protein powder. It is made with stomach-friendly real foods. Order samples to see for yourself.

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drink wholesome is the best high calorie vegan protein powder. 

Why drink wholesome

We make two flavors of vegan high calorie protein powder. Each flavor has 170+ calories per serving. For reference, Orgain and Vega, the two most popular brands of vegan protein powder on Amazon, have only 150 calories per serving. Why do our protein powders have more calories? 

Unlike most protein powder companies, we use real food ingredients, not protein concentrates or isolates. Protein concentrates and isolates are foods chemically or mechanically stripped of everything but the protein, and are listed as “pea protein” and “soy protein” as opposed to “peas” and “soy.” Unlike real foods, they are missing the nutrients that contribute most of the calories. If you are looking for a protein boost and nothing else, protein concentrates and isolates are great. If you are looking for something that is nutritious and high calorie, however, they are not.

Instead of protein concentrates or isolates, we use almonds. Almonds are simply roasted, pressed, and ground before becoming protein powder. Unlike protein concentrates or isolates, they still contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, and other nutrients like calcium and vitamin E. They also taste good. Protein concentrates and isolates, on the contrary, are missing the nutrients that make food taste good. If you have ever had a protein shake with a chalky aftertaste, you know exactly what I am talking about. Moreover, as unpleasant as the chalky aftertaste is, the real problem with protein concentrates and isolates is that they make manufacturers use food additives to mask the chalkiness. Xanthan gum and sunflower lecithin, for example, are added to many vegan protein powders to create a creamy mouthfeel. 

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Avoid food additives.

Again, many protein powders are full of food additives. Although not necessarily bad for you in small quantities, additives can add up quickly (especially if you drink a protein shake every day) and cause gastrointestinal (GI) side effects like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, gas, and stomach pain. This is because food additives are, generally speaking, hard to digest. They sit in your gut for longer than food should, which gives your gut bacteria more time to eat. As they eat, these bacteria produce gas, which causes bloating and stomach pain. Gas also slows colonic transit (the amount of time it takes food to travel through the colon), which can lead to constipation.

In the long term, food additives can disrupt regulatory pathways in the intestine, which can result in the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and systemic inflammatory disorders. Artificial sweeteners are among the most harmful additives in the long term as they alter the composition of your gut microbiota (the collection of microorganisms that help you digest food). This can lead to serious, chronic GI problems and widespread inflammation. Some sweeteners, especially sugar alcohols like xylitol, are also poorly absorbed by the gut (meaning they feed those hungry gut bacteria) and cause diarrhea because they draw water into your intestine. Now you finally have something to blame for those post-protein shake trips to the bathroom!

Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein powder:

acacia gum, acesulfame potassium, artificial flavors, aspartame, carrageenan, cellulose gum, dextrin, dextrose, erythritol, gellan gum, guar gum, gum arabic, inulin, locust bean gum, “natural” flavors*, maltodextrin, rice syrup solids, soy lecithin, silica, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, xanthan gum, xylitol

When it comes to identifying food additives, go with your gut. 😉 As a rule of thumb, they are the ingredients that you cannot pronounce.

our ingredients: 

almonds, coconut, cocoa, monk fruit

the alternative:

Protein Matrix Comprised of (Whey Protein Concentrate,  Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate, Egg Albumen, Glutamine Peptides), Polydextrose, Sunflower Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids,  Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols), Natural and Artificial Flavor, MCT Powder (Medium Chain Triglycerides, Nonfat Dry Milk, Disodium Phosphate, Silicon Dioxide), Lecithin, Cellulose Gum, Salt, Yellow 5, Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Papain, Bromelain.

*This is the actual ingredient list of one of the best-selling protein powders in the United States.

Again, drink wholesome is the best vegan high calorie protein powder. It is made with simple, easy to digest ingredients. Order samples to see for yourself.

drink wholesome is the best vegan high calorie protein powder.


Hi, my name is Jack. I created drink wholesome because I was sick of protein powders that upset my stomach. drink wholesome is handmade in Plymouth, MA. 

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