We’re not going to address the “protein question.” It’s tired and old and we know that the vast majority of people get enough protein simply by eating enough calories. However, there is another question of particular concern: What is your favorite source of protein? Beyond pure plants, there is an entire world of high-quality and delicious vegan protein products out there. From powders that help you get seriously swole to convenient protein-packed bars and cookies for snacking, here are six stellar vegan protein products you need to know about.


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1. FLTbar
Shelve that pre-workout drink. FLTbar will get you pumped for that 5:45am Crossfit sesh and give you some fuel to flip those tires. These bars contain as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, and unlike many workout bars and beverages, they’re low in sugar. Of course, you don’t have to be a “box” member (aka Crossfitter) to enjoy these whole food-based bars. With 210 calories, 12 grams of protein, and half of the daily recommended amount of fiber, they’re great for powering through that afternoon slump or dashing out the door. Unlike coffee, you can’t spill these on your lap while driving!


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2. Raw Rev Glo Bars
Rethink raw food. This female-owned business produces eight deliciously gooey and sweet bars made from completely raw ingredients, following the “let food be thy medicine” principle. The dessert-like flavors include Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Peanut Butter & Sea Salt, Double Chocolate Brownie Batter, and more. Despite these tempting tastes, all flavors are wholesome and nutritious, delivering 10-12 grams of protein and 12-14 grams of fiber per bar. Nosh on one for a dessert you can feel good about!


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3. Munk Pack Protein Cookies
For those who aren’t into bars, there are protein cookies. Indulge your sweet tooth while also getting in a good amount of protein with a Munk Pack treat. Each big, soft and chewy cookie contains 18 grams of protein! They are also soy-free, gluten-free, and certified kosher. They come in four distinct flavors, but our favorite is the Coconut White Chip Macadamia. It tastes like a Mrs. Fields! It just happens to be vegan, protein-packed, and much better for you.


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4. 22 Days Nutrition Protein Powder
Over the past few years, Beyoncé has flirted with veganism, and she’s used 22 Days Nutrition to keep her on track. In fact, she and her husband Jay-Z are investors in the company, which also offers a meal delivery service. The company-branded protein powder is specifically targeted toward athletes or those who need a breakfast shake they can run out the door with. No doubt it helps Beyoncé power through her grueling workout and choreography sessions. The two smooth flavors, chocolate and vanilla, contain 20 grams of soy-free protein and don’t carry any artificial aftertaste.


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5. Dale’s Raw Foods Protein Bars
These raw bars are the next best thing to homemade; each box is made fresh every week to ensure optimal flavor and nutritional integrity. Flavors vary from mouthwatering Carrot Cake to Lemon Meringue Pie, yet none contain any processed sugar or bad-for-you ingredients. Most flavors pack in a whopping 22 grams of plant-based protein at around 250 calories per bar. Stock up!


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6. Clean Machine Protein Powder
This protein powder is designed with serious athletes in mind. It is higher in BCAA’s (amino acids used for muscle growth and recovery) than any other plant protein on the market. It also contains over half of the daily recommended amount of iron, omega-3 fatty acids, 20 grams of protein, and other essential micronutrients. One scoop is essentially a vitamin and protein powder in one! Shake up the Vanilla Chai flavor after your next Leg Day.


Becky Brooks is a writer, plant-based athlete and wanderlust based in NYC.

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