Building muscle mass while bodybuilding or training as a vegetarian can be a bit tricky. Taking protein shakes or powders is not everyone’s cup of tea, and you have to check the labels to ensure you can take that supplement.
In this post we take a look at our top five protein powders that are great for vegetarians. Now you can rest assured that you will be able to build those muscles and not waste any time by taking any of these vegetarian powders. Let’s take a closer look at them.
1. Pea Protein Powder
Made from garden peas, pea protein powder can be compared to brown rice protein powder. It does not contain all the amino acids that’s essential for building muscle mass, but it’s a perfect option for those who are vegan or are lactose intolerant.
Whether you want to add it to your smoothie, or to one of your meals, pea protein powder packs a punch and is a great way to supplement your protein intake. It’s also easily digested and doesn’t have an overwhelming taste as some powders do.
2. Casein Protein Powder
If you are a lacto-vegetarian, you might want to opt for Casein protein powders. It’s very similar to whey protein and has up to 80% of the protein in cow’s milk. This makes it perfect for building muscle mass and getting more out of your workout routine.
The best time to take your casein supplement? At night before bed. Why? Drinking your shake at night will ensure that no muscle breakdown takes place while you sleep and allows your body to recover in time for your next workout session.
3. Whey Protein Powder
Whey protein repairs and strengthens your lean muscle mass and accelerates your recovery after every workout. You’ll be able to choose between isolate, concentrate or complete whey when opting for whey protein as your protein powder.
The best option of the three? We would recommend whey isolate as it has a lower fat content and the protein content is purer.And, if you are a bit lactose-intolerant, you won’t have a problem with it as it contains less lactose.
4. Hemp Protein Powder
Hemp protein powder is a great option as you will have the benefit of getting all the amino acids that most vegetarian-friendly protein powders lack. It’s also very easy to digest and a perfect option to consume before you hit the gym.
The downside of hemp protein powder is probably its high calorie and fat content. It is however a great option if you are looking at building some muscle mass but if the fat and calories are off-putting, a better option would be whey or casein.
As you can see there are loads of options for vegetarians when it comes to protein powders. The main reason why athletes and bodybuilders take these supplements is to ensure recovery and that they build muscle mass. Which protein powder are you using, and why?