When a friend told me the single biggest impact I could have on my carbon footprint was to adopt a vegan lifestyle, I sat up and begrudgingly paid attention. He’d told me – simply – that eating a hamburger would have a greater impact on the planet than driving a Humvee around for a week. I was shocked and deftly changed my eating habits. Enter Vega Organic Protein Powder… my favorite vegan protein supplement that happens to come in a gigantic plastic container! It’s plastic-free 2019 and I must bid this friend adieu.😞
Vegan food options can be a challenge because so many vegan protein sources are wrapped in plastic (tofu, seitan, field roast sausages), but I’ve finally found some great plastic-free alternatives!
1. Bulk Vegan Protein Powder at PCC
Hard to believe they have this, but they DO!! They also have a soy and dairy alternative. Highly recommend the vegan protein first, then soy and finally the dairy version, hence the recommendation above to go vegan as much as possible.
2. Chocolate Magic, PlanetProtein:
Thanks to the handy “plastic-free discussion board” on myplasticfreelife.com, I’ve found an alternative, but have yet to receive my shipment! In PlanetProtein’s defense, I think they were low on supplies. Stay tuned (2/2019)!
Comes in a bamboo bag and even includes a bamboo serving spoon!
I’m not a big fan of chocolate powder, but my options are limited so I’m diving in.
3. Shelled hemp seeds.
Tasty nutty flavor and a nutritional power house! Great in smoothies.
4. Chia seeds.
Must try. Another nutritionally-packed power house! Add 1/2 cup of your favorite milk alternative to 3T of chia seeds, let it sit 8-10 mins and discover an incredibly healthy pudding-like snack!
5. Flax seed.
Also great in smoothies and YET ANOTHER nutritional power house!
6. Make your own vegan protein patties. These take some time, but a good option if you’re so inclined!
5. Eat out! I dig the Happy Cow app for finding great vegan and vegetarian options in my area.
Have any other suggestions for plastic-free vegan protein options? I’d love to hear all about them!