Vega Sport Performance Protein Powders (New Formula!)

Vanilla, Chocolate, Mocha, Berry
$54.99 per 29-ounce tub

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On March 4, 2016
Last modified:March 4, 2016


To our pleasant surprise, it blended seamlessly into just water or milk beverage with a smooth, very creamy - practically unheard of for any protein drink! Both the high protein formulation (pea, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, and alfalfa) and the flavor, mild and not overly sweet, are a perfect match for post-workout (when taste buds are heightened). The rich Vanilla was my favorite, particularly when blended with a frozen banana. Tony of course preferred the Chocolate.

New Formula: 2016 Update! We aren’t triathletes, nor are we training for anything but … well, life. Nonetheless, Tony and I hit the gym regularly and like to reap the benefits of our labor. Which is why I’ve been thinking more about post-workout eats, and trialing products like Vega Sport Performance Protein Powders.

Vega Sport Performance Protein (new formula!): dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan & no sugar added! 30 grams of plant protein per scoop.

I usually have my smoothie in the morning, but in reading about recovery, I’ve been second-guessing the timing of my daily creamy shake. Vega Sport Performance Protein Powders are intended for post-exercise, with a high protein mix of pea, organic pumpkin seed, organic sunflower seed, and alfalfa protein powders. All said, each sizable serving packs in about 30 grams of vegan, plant-based protein (up from 25 grams in their prior blend) with 18 different amino acids (now over 6 grams of Glutamine) and probiotics + enzymes to tame your active tummy.

Vega Sport Performance Protein (new formula!): dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan & no sugar added! 30 grams of plant protein per scoop.

The 2015 / 2016 formula transition for Vega Sport Performance Protein (now a silver label) was quite substantial, which is why I swapped out my prior pictures. Before, it was more of a tan brown rice protein base, while pea and seed powders now take center stage for a slight greenish hue, grain-free status, and a consistency that is far creamier and completely smooth. The new formula also has turmeric (along with black pepper extract to up the bioavailability) and tart cherry to combat post-fitness inflammation, but they are not notable in the look or taste.

Things I love about the new Vega Sport Performance Protein formula:

  • The taste is more seamless and I love a creamy smoothie. I blend the Vanilla (wonderful flavor!) with a frozen banana and unsweetened almond milk. Dreamy shake bliss! It is also fantastic in this easy, mineral-packed Mighty Molasses Shake Recipe.
  • It’s immensely filling. Even with just half a scoop of the Vega Sport Performance Protein Powder, the smoothie above stuffs me!
  • It costs less! They’ve reduced the price.
  • The ingredient list is so darn clean. It is easy to read with relatively few ingredients including just a touch of natural flavors, stevia (not too much!), and xanthan gum.
  • Specifically that they cut the brown rice protein. For some reason, this type of protein wasn’t working well with digestive systems in our house – the pea protein base seems to be much better.

Tony gave the Chocolate and Mocha flavors a thumbs up (I’m a vanilla girl, so I stuck with that container), but wished he had known before sampling how thick, creamy and filling they would blend up.

To note, like many supplements, Vega Sport Performance Protein Powders may seem pricey (even with the cost reduction), but those tubs are BIG. And though the servings say 23, I used just half of a jumbo scoop each time (this is my standard for testing all protein powders that we review), allowing it to last for a couple months of near-daily enjoyment.

Vega Sport Performance Protein (new formula!): dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, vegan & no sugar added! 30 grams of plant protein per scoop.

Certifications: Vega Sport Performance Protein Powders are Non-GMO Verified. They are labeled as gluten-free and vegan, but we did not note certifications for these.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Vega Sport Performance Protein Powders are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Vega Sport website at

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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