Vega Protein and Greens Review

75

vega protein and greens packaging

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Nutrition
 
Price
 
Mixability
 
Taste
75
17
17
22
20

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).

Nutrition

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).

Protein powder nutrition score formula

We can get the protein content and total calories from the nutrition label:

vega protein and greens 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:

Pricing

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.

Protein powder pricing score formula

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.

Mixability

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:

Protein powder mixability score formula

In this case, there was 1 gram of remnants, shown below in the strainer:

Vega protein and greens strainer picture

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.

Taste

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.

Taste Score Meaning

25

Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.

20

Very good.

15

Drinkable, not really good or bad.

10

A bit of a struggle to get down

5

Quite bad

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.

Summary and Overall Review Impressions

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.

Want alternatives? Find the best vegan protein powder for you.