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Whether you eat a plant-based diet, have food allergies or just want to enjoy a protein shake without the risk of digestive trouble, try the following protein powders, which are both vegan and gluten-free and work well when used in a morning or post-workout smoothie.

Choosing gluten-free and plant-based protein powders doesn’t mean you have to skimp on protein and flavor. There are plenty of alternatives that boast at least 20 grams of protein, proving you really can get beefy without the meat. They taste best when mixed with fruit, peanut butter or even cacao powder in a rich smoothie.

A few nutrient dense options to consider are:

Nutribiotic Rice Protein Chocolate: A high-quality, gluten-free, vegan and low-carbohydrate powder with 80% vegetable protein. It’s also easily digestible and contains natural occurring amino acids.

Hemp Protein Powder: Nutrient-dense hemp seed is naturally vegan and gluten-free, and also one of the “richest plant sources of protein, omega-fatty acids and fiber.” Its nutty flavor tastes great in protein smoothies and even in snacks and baked goods.

Life’s Basics Lean Plantein Plant Protein Vanilla: A delicious combination of nutrient-rich and a highly digestible plant protein. Lean Plantein protein mix gives you 23 grams of lean plant protein per each 8-ounce serving, and is packed full of amino acids thanks to yellow pea protein isolate, hemp, rice and chia seeds.

Try the following recipes for even more deliciousness.


Blueberry Banana Protein Shake

  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 large, ripe banana

Method: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.

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Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons cacao powder

Method: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.