Friday Food Finds: My Favorite Protein Powders

by Danielle Omar on April 6, 2012

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?  

Danielle Omar

Owner, Registered Dietitian at Danielle Omar Nutrition
Danielle creates personal eating strategies for busy men and women through individual nutrition counseling, cooking classes and digital programs. She inspires working parents, busy families, and stressed out professionals to change the way they think about food. Danielle is also a cookbook author, nutrition and culinary spokesperson, and recipe developer. Click here to sign up for her popular weekly newsletter.

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1 Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian April 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Thanks for sharing!
These are great options! I have been looking to try a whey powder so I will keep that in mind. :)

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2 Eleanor Hoh May 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

What do you think of Jarrow whey protein. I personally don’t like flavored protein powders and it’s so hard to find with less sugar and carbs.

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3 Danielle Omar May 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Just keep in mind that Jarrow uses a soy and whey protein blend!

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4 nicole Biancucci May 19, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Jay Robb is my FAV!!! I brought the individual packets with me on my vacation to Aruba. I had the bartenders whip me up a yummy protein shake with fresh fruit in one of their fancy blenders twice a day. They even put an Umbrella in it for me. It “looked” like I had a few frozen drinks each day… my little secret! :)

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5 Danielle Omar May 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Now that just might be a genius idea. :-)

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6 Gisele Bigelow June 10, 2012 at 7:24 pm

My very own special vegan recipe is creamy broccoli soup. Yesterday i cooked for my best 4 friends. They really like my vegan cooking.

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7 Tammy February 2, 2013 at 2:57 am

Nutiva makes a great hemp powder and it also comes in chocolate. Makes great shakes but I ‘ve also used it to make “waffles” and other goodies!

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