I'm an open protein-oholic. I just love protein bars and powder. As a trainer and fitness nutrition specialist though, I know my love of protein crack isn't the best. It's always best to get your protein from whole food sources things like:
- Meat (chicken, fish, steak ect)
- Greek yogurt
- Cottage cheese
- Eggs (specifically the whites, as the yolk is a fab source of healthy fat)
However, sometimes a protein shake is just necessary (well, sorta). Whether you're time crunched, can't keep food cold, have a hard time reaching your protein intake for the day ect, a shake or bar is a great thing to have on hand to get the protein you need if you're lacking it.
With SO many protein powders on the market it's hard to know which is best for YOU and your goals/body. Not all protein powders are made the same way. Just like with the meat or veggies you buy, you want a protein that is good quality and not a cheap one that is created with more fillers than it is protein.
My Top 5:
Below are my top 5 favorite protein powders, I've chosen five in all different price ranges and I explain why I like them!
1. Jay Robb
Jay Robb is by far my favorite protein powder on the market as far as ingredients goes, and overall high quality. 100% natural, no funky ingredients coming in with 25g of protein per serving.
Pros: Great "clean" source of protein.
Cons: Most expensive on the list. Amazon sells it for $37.00 for 23 servings BUT you can find it at your local grocery store for $25-27. Also, this is NOT good for baking.
Overall: If you're looking for a clean and natural protein powder solely for drinking, you won't find one better than this.
2. Quest Protein
Quest is an awesome protein! The first time I tried this and I had vanilla, my initial reaction was that it was too sweet for me. I used it to make fruit smoothies and it was perfect though. Fast forward a few months and I got my hands on chocolate and it's PERFECT. Quest is a high quality protein blend and is phenomenal for cooking with. It's good mixed with water, baking or a blended shake. It's thick JUST like ice cream (though you can water it down to a consistency you like). This is the only protein powder I will bake with now because it's that good.
Pros: Taste is 10/10, great for baking/pudding, moderately priced for such a high quality, good no matter what it's mixed with (water/milk). 22g of protein per serving!
Cons: Honestly, can't think of any.
Price: $$ Can be bought on www.questnutrition.com OR at your local supplement store.
3. Metabolic Nutrition: Protizyme
I'm a huge fan of all of Metabolic Nutrition's products. My body responds really well to their whole line and their flavors are on point! I've tried the peanut butter cookie and it's hands down my absolute favorite flavored protein powder out there. This tasted great mixed with water and milk and baked really well too.
Pros: Taste is 10/10, comes in multiple flavors, is well priced per serving, 26g protein per serving! They also have a great digestive enzyme complex that makes this protein powder easier on your body to digest.
Cons: The ingredient list is a little bigger than the ones I've listed, however this doesn't rule it out for me as I trust the company and the ingredients aren't foreign to me.
Price: $$ Rounds out to be $1.90 per serving. $49.00 for 2lbs, with 26 servings. Supplement stores carry this for a cheaper price though!
4. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey
This was one of the first protein powders I ever used and it's always my go to if I can't decide. It's a high quality protein that tastes great. Simple and to the point with buttloads of flavors to choose from.
Pros: Can be found at all supplement stores, high quality, flavor is 9/10 and is one of the more inexpensive protein powders I like.
Cons: Not as great to bake with.
Price: $ This is pretty much always on sale at supplement stores or on www.bodybuilidng.com
Cellucor is probably one of the most popular protein powders out there. I love it because the flavors are 10/10, it tastes great and again this is another great protein to bake with.
Pros: Easy to find, inexpensive, great flavor, 25g protein per serving!
Cons: None that I have.
Price: $ Can be found on their site, or www.bodybuilding.com