Trying New Things in 2015: Vegan Plant-Based Protein! #GNCPlantProtein #sponsored

This post is brought to you by GNC and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

It’s a fresh year! I know a lot of you guys are as stoked about that as I am. There’s nothing better than a fresh, blank slate at the start of a new year. And of course, one of the ever-popular resolutions is to lose weight. Work out more. Eat better.

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I’m vowing to eat better, and to pay closer attention to what I put into my body, including my protein shakes! GNC has introduced new plant-based protein powder that promises 20g of protein and 10g of aminos from five plant-based sources with no soy, gluten or dairy. BOOM. Plant-based proteins are perfect if you’re already adhering to a vegan or vegetarian diet, or  even if you’re just looking to build and support lean muscle and total body health.

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I’ve been drinking GNC PUREDGE Complete Vegan Plant Based Performance Protein in Natural Vanilla, and as a girl who’s had her share of protein shakes, this one is just as good if not better than others that I’ve had. It isn’t wildly chalky, although I would absolutely recommend either blending this in a blender, or using almond or cashew milk instead of water. I tried it with cashew milk, and it was much creamier, obviously, but it took away a bit of the earthy taste as well. It’s not overpowering, but subtly noticeable. I had a girl friend recommend a few shakes of cinnamon, and I can’t wait to try it with that! If you had no option but to mix it with water, you would not be disappointed. However, the addition of milk makes this taste like a treat!

Bonus: two scoops contains a full serving of veggies, and 20g of protein derived from five different plant-based sources: pea, navy bean, chickpea, whole grain quinoa and brown rice, as well as 5g of fiber to keep you full. GNC PUREDGE Complete Vegan also contains no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, and is available in two flavors: Natural Chocolate, using real cocoa, and the one I’ve tried, Vanilla.

So what’s next? Protein pancakes, I’m thinking. I have always loved banana egg pancakes, but have trouble with their fragility when you flip them in a pan. I bet a scoop of this would help immensely, and pack a lot more protein into breakfast!

The verdict:

I’m absolutely going to enjoy this protein powder. I think I’ll use unsweetened cashew milk instead of water, but it won’t be the end of the world if I have to mix it with straight water. It’s not overly chalky, and milk helps quite a bit. Personally, I’d avoid using vanilla flavored milk so as not to make it overly sweet. I LOVE that I can share this with my kids without a second thought, as my son totally loves protein shakes. No artificial colors is a big bonus, too! I’d definitely recommend this to a friend (I already have, in fact!), and this is going to be used in some of my favorite recipes in the future. Overall, 9 out of 10 stars.

Buy it:

You can pick up GNC PUREDGE Complete Vegan in Natural Chocolate or Vanilla at a GNC store near you, or online here. You can see what other bloggers think by checking out the #GNCPlantProtein hashtag on social media.

More info on plant-based protein is below. I’d love to hear what you guys think, and if anyone has tried a vegan approach to protein! (Click to enlarge)

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