I'm currently training for a marathon this fall and one of the big things I'm working on is dialing in on my nutrition. I'm working with my Stronger U coach for macro guidance as my workouts get more intense each week. I'm also trying to make sure I'm taking in enough protein since that's key for helping my muscles recover from long runs.
My goal is to take in 135g of protein a day and to help me get there I've been trying out different protein powders. I recently had the opportunity to try out Ascent Protein's Plant Protein and in this post, I'll share with you my review and experience with the new protein powder.
Ascent did provide me with samples of their plant-based protein powder, however, all opinions are my own.
What is Ascent Protein?
Ascent Protein is a protein powder that comes in both Whey and Vegan Plant Protein. Both of the protein powder mixes are clean and easy to absorb and contain 25g protein and 0g added sugar.
In this post I'll focus on the one I tried - the Vegan Plant-Based varieties, but did want to mention they also have Whey. The macros for the vegan plant-based are 3g fat, 4g carbs, and 25g protein for chocolate and vanilla, and the chocolate peanut butter is a little higher with 5g fat, 9g carbs, and 25g protein.
In addition to being completely vegan protein (through a blend of organic sunflower, pea, and pumpkin protein powders), the protein powder is also dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and doesn't contain any added sugar.
My Review and Experience
I was sent samples of a few of the Vegan Plant-Based protein powders in a few different flavors - Vanilla Bean, Chocolate, and Peanut Butter. I was instantly impressed with the minimal ingredient list and lack of any added sugars. I'm not vegan, but I was interested to see how this protein powder would compare to whey-based powders that I've used in the past. I like that instead of using just one type of plant based protein, Ascent has a blend of organic pea protein, organic sunflower protein and organic pumpkin protein to give you a complete amino acid profile.
The first one I decided to try was the Chocolate Peanut Butter. I'm simple when it comes to protein powders and don't like to add much more than just water. I mixed one scoop of the protein powder with 12 oz water into a blender bottle and shook it up. It only took a few shakes before the protein powder blended evenly and was ready to enjoy!
My first impression was just how thick the protein shake became. I'm not used to much thickness unless I add almond milk, but just with water, the protein shake was thick - almost like a milkshake! The flavors were perfectly balanced in each sip of chocolate and peanut butter and it tasted like I was drinking dessert. I didn't get any protein aftertaste like some other protein powders I've tried.
The protein powder was also super easy to digest! I like to drink my protein shakes right after working out in the morning and found that it kept me full until lunchtime. I also like that it's pretty minimal in macros (I can't stand protein powders that are high in carbs and fat!) - the chocolate peanut butter one is the highest with 4g fat / 9g carbs/ and 25g protein, but the other ones are only 3g fat / 4g carbs / and 25g protein.
Overall, I was really impressed with the Ascent Protein powder and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a clean, vegan protein powder! It's become my go-to protein powder during this marathon session.
Where to Buy
You can. find Ascent Protein on their website, on Amazon, and at grocery stores like Whole Foods. Each bag is sold on their website in a few different sizes: packets (10 servings), medium bag (18 servings), and a large bag of 36 servings. The only exception to this is the peanut butter chocolate shake which is only available for a limited time, and is sold in one size: medium bag with 18 servings.
If you're looking or a clean, vegan protein powder I highly recommend checking out Ascent Protein. It's easy to mix and taste delicious and has quickly become my go to recovery drink!