In recent years, as the popularity of vegan diets and food sensitivities have increased, plant-based protein powders have been gaining the edge as an excellent, natural protein source over animal-based sources. Among protein sources, pea protein stands out for its excellent nutritional profile, as well as the versatility and protein attributes of the humble pea.
Plant-based protein, including pea protein, is a great option for individuals or families who have food sensitivities. Plant-based protein is naturally free of common allergens such as gluten, dairy, wheat, and egg, so it may be one of the safer protein options available.
Pea protein is also ideal for weight maintenance support. Research has shown that pea protein can subdue ghrelin, a substance produced in the stomach that sends hunger signals to the brain. So that scoop of pea protein that you add to your breakfast smoothie may help keep your hands away from those snack bars until lunchtime!
Interested in trying out a tasty vegan pea protein shake? Here’s one of our favorites courtesy of Detoxinista.com:
Chocolate Pea Protein Shake
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (alcohol-free, if desired)
- 2 tablespoons pea protein powder
- 1 cup ice cubes
Combine the water, banana, cacao powder, vanilla, and protein powder in a blender and blend until completely smooth. Continue to add ice and blend again until the smoothie is nice and thick. Serve immediately.