Flavors: Chocolate, Vanilla, Berry, Coconut Almond, Unflavored, Tropical
Vega Protein and Greens is one of a few different plant based protein powders that Vega sells. I’ve enjoyed those other products, so I was eager to review this one as well.
As usual, this review has 4 main sections, each with a score out of 25 (higher is always better).
The scores are calculated objectively whenever possible to remove any bias (full methodology here).
The nutrition score measures what percentage of a calories in a serving come from protein.
I’ve created the formula below to calculate the nutrition score for all the protein powders I review. It tells you if the powder has a relatively high or low protein content compared to other protein powders (e.g. 0 is bad, 12.5 is average, 25 is the best you’ll find).
We can get the protein content and total calories from the nutrition label:
Technically, Vega Protein and Greens is sold as a “nutritional protein powder”, kind of a mix between a nutritional shake and protein shake.
That being said, it still scores quite decent here, and better than many protein powders.
With 20 grams of protein (80 calories), and 120 total calories, it gets a respectable nutrition score of 16.7.
This is slightly above average for protein shakes.
Here’s the full ingredients list, note there are a lot of ingredients that are just meant to provide vitamins for the most part:
Vega Protein and Greens comes in 3 sizes.
|Size||Cost (USD)||Cost per 100 gram|
|521 g / 1.15 lb||23.37||4.49|
|618 g / 1.36 lb||27.69||4.48|
|814 g / 1.79 lb||28.49||3.5|
But I need some way of evaluating price across all protein powder reviews.
Since almost all protein powders come in a 1 kg/2.2 lb size, I chose to compare that cost, with shipping for that single product added in.
This is the formula that I developed to score each powder.
With a price per 100 grams of 3.5, this protein powder receives a pricing score of 16.7.
It’s a bit cheaper than average.
The mixability score gives you a way to compare how well a protein powder mixes compared to other vegan protein powders.
A perfect score of 25 means that it fully mixes, while a score of 0 means that it mixes terribly.
To test this, I follow a few simple steps:
Then I plug the weight of the clumps (remnants) into this formula:
In this case, there was 1 gram of remnants, shown below in the strainer:
This is still very good, and you don't taste it much when you drink the shake, which is why it gets a mixability score of 21.88.
Unless you absolutely hate the taste of clumps, it’s not going to be a big deal.
Finally, we have the one subjective part of the review.
Obviously my taste preferences come into this, but I try to assign scores based on the descriptions in the table below, and to be as consistent as possible.
Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.
Drinkable, not really good or bad.
A bit of a struggle to get down
Keep in mind that there are many flavors available. I had chocolate, as that’s usually my favorite.
I thought this protein powder taste very good overall, and reminded me almost of a milkshake taste.
It was a bit chalky, which is a common issue with vegan protein powders. There was also a bit of an almost dark chocolate aftertaste (not terrible, but definitely there).
According to the table descriptions, I feel like it ranked somewhere between 15 and 20, but much closer to 20 than 15. Therefore, I gave it a taste score of 20.
Overall, Vega Protein and Greens gets a solid score of 75, with very consistent scores in each category.
It’s above average in nutrition, price, mixability, and taste. However, it doesn’t do amazing in any single category, which makes it difficult to find specific situations where it’s the best vegan protein powder to choose.
To conclude this review, I’d say that Vega Protein and Greens is a good choice when all 4 factors matter to you about evenly.
If you care about any specific factor (like price or taste) more than the rest, I’ve reviewed other vegan protein powders that are likely a better fit for you.