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Why Protein?

Fuel your body with clean energy with our plant-based protein powder, packed full of protein and delicious flavours. It blends silky smooth so you can simply add it to your favourite milk, water, smoothies, or even baking for a little nourishing treat on the go. 

Why Protein?

Protein is a macronutrient that is essential for your body and good health. It provides your body with energy (around 4 calories per gram) and is vital for many processes such as building, repairing and maintaining the body's muscles, tissue and bones when part of a healthy, varied diet.

Your body needs protein in order to stay healthy and work the way it should. Put simply, protein is an essential macronutrient.

For vegetarians and vegans, it can be difficult to get enough protein in your diet which can lead to health issues.  The Nutrition Foundation here in New Zealand recommends the following daily intake of protein:  


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As you get older, you can start to lose muscle mass and you may need more protein as you get older. Other factors may also impact the amount of protein you may require for example physical activity or pregnancy. 

Protein's role in the body

Making up around 15% of our total body weight, protein is found in our skin, hair, nails, cartilage, bones, muscles and organs. As part of a healthy, varied diet it contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass, normal bones as well as tissue building and repair. There are, in fact, over 10,000 types of protein found in the body.

The building blocks of protein

Amino acids are tiny molecules which are basically the 'building blocks' of proteins. When we eat protein through our diet, it is then digested and broken down into amino acids which are then used for energy or for purposes like growth and repair of muscle tissue and a number of other bodily reactions.

Essential and non-essential amino acids

There are 20 different amino acids that we need for our body to function properly, nine of which we can only get through food, called ‘essential amino acids’. While our body naturally makes the other 11 ‘non-essential’ amino acids, times of high stress or illness can mean that our body requires more to keep up with demand. When we’re not getting enough protein in the diet, this can result in changes like muscle loss.

Complete protein sources

Complete sources of protein which include all nine essential amino acids can be found in fish, eggs, chicken, red meat, cheese, milk, buckwheat and quinoa. For vegetarians, vegans or those who might not be getting enough complete protein in their diet, pea protein is a fantastic option as it includes all nine essential amino acids, including branched chain amino acids for muscle growth and repair, and additionally provides a good source of iron.

Why pea protein powder?

There are many different types of protein supplements available on the market and all offer different benefits. At Two Islands, we wanted to focus on a natural, vegan-friendly protein supplement as an alternative to animal protein sources like fish, eggs and chicken. As well as being a high-quality protein, our pea protein powder is also a good source of iron and can aid muscle growth and repair when part of a healthy, varied diet.

One of the biggest benefits of a pea protein powder versus whey protein powder for example is that it is naturally vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and does not contain any of the top eight food allergens – peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, cow’s milk, wheat or soy. 

Learn more about the different types of protein in our guide to choosing the best protein for you

Do vegans need protein powder?

Going vegan means giving up protein sources such as chicken, fish, dairy and eggs. Vegan-friendly protein powders like Two Islands Pea Protein Powders are a great way to supplement a vegan diet but there are plenty of other protein-rich food options to help you reach your recommended daily allowance of protein.

Protein-rich plant foods include tempeh (31 grams of protein in one cup), lentils (18 grams per cup) and hemp seeds (11 grams in three tablespoons). Another popular source is peanut butter which provides 8 grams of protein in two tablespoons.

Whilst vegans can get enough protein without the need for supplements, they are a great way for people on the go, or those who work out a lot, to boost their protein intake by adding vegan-friendly protein powder to shakes or smoothies so it’s always a good idea to have some on hand.

Two Islands Pea Protein Powder is one of the best natural vegan protein powders available in New Zealand. Available in four flavours, find out more about the benefits of pea protein powder.

What is the best tasting protein powder?

One of the biggest drawbacks of any protein powder is the ‘chalky’ or ‘gritty’ texture which can often make it difficult to consume. We've formulated our protein powders to be smooth (no one likes grit!) and sweet enough that you can drink just with water after a workout or as a snack to get you through the afternoon (because not every meal has to be a party).  There are lots of flavours to choose from and the most popular include Chocolate, Vanilla, Salted Caramel and Peanut Butter. Whether added to your favourite baking recipe, in a smoothie or enjoyed with your favourite milk, there’s something for everyone.

When it comes to the best tasting protein powder, it’s hard to pick a winner. Looking at our recent reviews, it seems they are all a winner!

“Vanilla and Peanut Butter are both delicious.” – Emma M (3 February 2021) – Vanilla & Peanut Butter

“Salted Caramel is lovely, especially with PB, almond milk and banana!” – Olivia M (3 February 2021) – Salted Caramel

“This is the best flavoured powder with no yuck after taste. You can enjoy it by itself with milk and in smoothies without it totally overpowering.” – Katie B (30 January 2021) – Salted Caramel 

“As a shift worker sometimes I need quick meal replacements and this product is the absolute best. Tastes delicious 😋 Highly recommend 👌 – Tia W (18 December 2020) – Chocolate 

If we had to pick one outstanding favourite for the best tasting protein powder, we would have to go with Salted Caramel looking at the feedback. The good news for you? If you’re unsure of which flavour to choose, why not try our Protein Sachet Box (10-pack) which you can select as a mix of flavours or pick your go-to favourite. These single-serve sachets are a great way to try our delicious pea protein powder for the first time.