I’m always recommending smoothies and shakes to my clients. I also love them myself, I have one for lunch or breakfast almost every day. The protein part of the shake can come from dairy sources like yogurt, milk or even cottage cheese, but most people prefer a powder of some kind. Indeed, the protein you choose can make all the difference in taste and texture. I’ve tried many, and like a select few. Below are some of my favorites:
Teras Whey is a great choice for an organic whey protein powder. Although a bit pricey, it tastes great and mixes well. They also offer a rBGH-free/hormone-free line…all made with ethically treated cow milk sources, paired with high antioxidant super fruits like wolfberry, acai berry, and yumberry (sweetened with stevia). They also have a goat milk option.
Jay Robb whey protein is a good pick if you’re looking for great taste. He claims his product is the “best tasting protein powder on the planet” and I usually recommend it for those just starting out with protein powders. Also sweetened with stevia, Jay uses cold-processed cross-flow microfiltered whey protein isolate from farm-raised, pasture-grazed, grass-fed cows not treated with hormones. He also has an egg protein powder in his line.
Manitoba Harvest makes a lovely Hemp protein for those looking for an easy to digest, single ingredient, plant based protein (also soy and gluten free). Hemp Pro 50 is perfect for blending in smoothies, adding to cereal or to your homemade energy bars! It also contains 4 grams of fiber and 1200 mg of omega 3.
Vega One is also a plant-based protein powder but it’s got much more in the formulation than just protein powder. It’s protein blend includes pea, hemp, and brown rice and contains fiber, omega-3, antioxidants, probiotics, digestive enzymes, and a shot of greens. It’s an all-in-one shake that tastes great with little added to it. Lots of flavors, too.
Sun Warrier makes a great raw, vegan protein powder using bio-fermented raw sprouted whole grain brown rice protein. Great for those who have issues digesting protein, need a hypoallergenic formula, and want to eat a clean, raw food diet. It’s also very low calorie at just 70 calories/15 grams protein.
I’m always finding new brands to try and will keep you posted. All of these powders can be found on my Amazon.com online store, and a few of them can be found at Whole Foods, Wegman’s, and WOW Organic Markets, although I find them much less expensive online.
Tell me, what’s your favorite protein powder?
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