Dr Jay Insights: Pea Protein, the newest protein on the block!

Pea protein powder can give a vegan boost to snacks or smoothies. If you’re looking for a vegan protein boost, look no further than the newest protein power on the block.

Pea protein, derived from yellow peas, is a good alternative to whey or soy sources. “It’s hypoallergenic, which is a major plus for those with sensitivities or allergies to whey or casein, “It’s also a good option for people who want to avoid soy.”

The powder’s pea-like flavor makes it a natural for adding to savory foods. It works especially well with hummus, says Gannon. Try a scoop of pea protein powder with half a cup of hummus, plus a little water. Or just add peas — the power of the pea is the pea, whether in whole or powder form.

On the sweet side, try half a scoop of pea protein powder with oatmeal, fruit and cinnamon. For smoothies, include sweet fruits such as bananas or mangoes to balance out the flavor of the pea protein. Start with half a scoop per eight-ounce smoothie and add more if the flavor suits you. Power up on peas today!

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