If you’re looking for a completely personalised take on nutrition, it doesn’t get better than Nutri-Genetix (NGX) – the world’s first genetically personalised nutrition shake, tailored to your own DNA. After a super quick and easy swab test (inside the cheek), we sent off our DNA and then received a personalised blend of NGX “bodyfuel” based on our own genetic make-up. You’re also given a very detailed report of your results – explaining how you metabolise and process different nutrients. Turns out we have reduced levels of vitamin B12, who knew?
When it comes to protein powders, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed. There are loads of different brands and flavours to choose from and each comes with its own list of rather unfamiliar ingredients. So, how do you find the right one for you (that tastes OK too)?
The first thing you need to decide is whether you want an animal or plant-based protein powder. Of course, this comes down mainly to dietary preference.
Animal-based protein powders are usually made from whey protein, which comes from cow’s milk. If plant-based protein has your preference, you’ll need to look out for powders that have “vegan” on the label or are made from pea protein. The debate around which is best, and whether vegan protein shakes are as effective as regular ones, is a topic for another day. But the best vegan protein powders seem to be the ones composed of a variety of protein sources, from pea and rice to hemp and algae.
Next, you need to choose a flavour – and you’ll be surprised by how many different options there are out there, from chocolate and vanilla to toffee and coffee.
Personally, we tend to prefer to disguise the often chalky texture of protein with as many ingredients as possible – and whizz up a protein shake with milk or yoghurt, oats, frozen berries, bananas and even a little bit of peanut butter in a blender. Or, if we’re feeling fancy, we’ll bake with unflavoured protein to make protein-packed flapjack or banana bread.
How we tested
For this taste test, we tried some of the leading vegan protein powders with just water, as per packet instructions. They were all tested primarily for flavour, with nutritional information taken into account.
For the best results, we’d still recommend blending protein into a fruit smoothie, but if you’re in a rush straight out of the gym and you’ve only got a water bottle at hand, they’re ideal for that post-workout boost.
The best vegan protein powders for 2023 are:
- Best personalised vegan protein powder – NGX bodyfuel: £159.47, Nutri-genetix.com
- Best award-winning protein powder – Innermost health protein: £29.95, Liveinnermost.com
- Best vegan protein for women – Free Soul vegan protein blend: £24.99, Herfreesoul.com
- Best for rehydration after exercise – Indi build: £35, Indisupplements.com
- Best value for money – Misfits protein powder: £15, Ocado.com
- Best for easy digestion – Bulk vegan protein powder: £8.21, Bulk.com
- Best for nutritional value – Form performance nutrition: £26, Formnutrition.com
- Best for smoothies – Neat Nutrition vegan protein: £29.95, Neat-nutrition.com
- Best protein powder to cook with – Tribe cocoa shake: £17.50, Wearetribe.co
- Best smooth vegan protein powder – Foodspring vegan protein: £29.99, Foodspring.co.uk