Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Berry, Coconut Almond, Unflavored, Tropical
Vega Protein and Greens is one of a few different plant based protein powders that Vega sells. I’ve enjoyed those other products, and they rank relatively well on my list of the best vegan protein powders, so I was eager to review this one as well.
As usual, this review has 4 main sections, each with a score out of 25 (higher is always better).
The scores are calculated objectively whenever possible to remove any bias (full methodology here).
The nutrition score measures what percentage of a calories in a serving come from protein.
I’ve created the formula below to calculate the nutrition score for all the protein powders I review. It tells you if the powder has a relatively high or low protein content compared to other protein powders (e.g. 0 is bad, 12.5 is average, 25 is the best you’ll find).
We can get the protein content and total calories from the nutrition label:
Technically, Vega Protein and Greens is sold as a “nutritional protein powder”, kind of a mix between a nutritional shake and protein shake.
That being said, it still scores quite decent here, and better than many protein powders.
With 20 grams of protein (80 calories), and 120 total calories, it gets a respectable nutrition score of 19.
This is slightly above average for protein shakes.
Here’s the full ingredients list, note there are a lot of ingredients that are just meant to provide vitamins for the most part:
- Pea Protein, Natural Flavors, Organic Alfalfa Grass Powder, Pea Starch, Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Sacha Inchi Protein, Spinach Powder, Broccoli Powder, Stevia Leaf Extract, Papain Powder, Organic Kale Powder, Xanthan Gum.
Vega Protein and Greens comes in 3 sizes.
- 521 g / 1.15 lb
- 618 g / 1.36 lb
- 814 g / 1.79 lb
But I need some way of evaluating price across all protein powder reviews.
Since almost all protein powders come in a 1 kg/2.2 lb size, I chose to compare that cost, with shipping for that single product added in.
This is the formula that I developed to score each powder.
Plugging in the price per 100 grams (I update this occasionally to keep it accurate), this protein powder receives a pricing score of 16.7.
It’s a bit cheaper than average.
The mixability score gives you a way to compare how well a protein powder mixes compared to other vegan protein powders.
A perfect score of 25 means that it fully mixes, while a score of 0 means that it mixes terribly.
To test this, I follow a few simple steps:
- Put 450 mL of almond milk in a shaker bottle.
- Add 35 grams of protein powder.
- Shake for 45 seconds.
- Pour the shake through a strainer and weight the “remnants”.
Then I plug the weight of the clumps (remnants) into this formula:
In this case, there was 1 gram of remnants, shown below in the strainer:
This is still very good, and you don’t taste it much when you drink the shake, which is why it gets a mixability score of 21.88.
Unless you absolutely hate the taste of clumps, it’s not going to be a big deal.
Finally, we have the one subjective part of the review.
Obviously my taste preferences come into this, but I try to assign scores based on the descriptions in the table below, and to be as consistent as possible.
|25||Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.|
|15||Drinkable, not really good or bad.|
|10||A bit of a struggle to get down|
Keep in mind that there are many flavors available. I had chocolate, as that’s usually my favorite.
I thought this protein powder taste very good overall, and reminded me almost of a milkshake taste.
It was a bit chalky, which is a common issue with vegan protein powders. There was also a bit of an almost dark chocolate aftertaste (not terrible, but definitely there).
According to the table descriptions, I feel like it ranked somewhere between 15 and 20, but much closer to 20 than 15. Therefore, I gave it a taste score of 20.
Summary and Overall Review Impressions
Overall, Vega Protein and Greens gets a solid score of 75, with very consistent scores in each category.
It’s above average in nutrition, price, mixability, and taste. However, it doesn’t do amazing in any single category, which makes it difficult to find specific situations where it’s the best vegan protein powder to choose.
To conclude this review, I’d say that Vega Protein and Greens is a good choice when all 4 factors matter to you about evenly.
If you care about any specific factor (like price or taste) more than the rest, I’ve reviewed other top vegan protein powders by taste that are likely a better fit for you.
My Top Alternatives to Vega Protein and Greens
Here are some other plant-based protein powders I’ve reviewed that you might also be interested in:
- Vega Sport – While the overall ranking of Vega Sport is very similar to Vega Protein and Greens, they are best for different people. Vega Sport has a higher protein content, but it costs a fraction more and doesn’t mix quite as well. Here’s my Vega Sport review if you’d like to see how I calculated its scores.
- Purely Inspired Organic Protein – If you like Protein and Greens because of the extra nutritional benefits, Purely Inspired is a good option as well. It has a fruit and veggie blend, as well as a probiotic blend and digestive enzyme blend. I’ve gone over the specifics in my Purely Inspired review.
- PlantFusion – If you’re most concerned about taste, there is one protein powder that I tried that is clearly the best tasting: PlantFusion. It’s above average in every other category as well. Take a look at my PlantFusion review for more details.