Protein powders have become such a hype these days. With so many choices, it leaves it confusing when shopping!
Why use them? Do you know what the ingredients are? What type should you buy?
I am a believer in getting as much as we can from whole foods, but I do like to incorporate clean protein powder in my diet when it means that I am adding in cups of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables that I normally would not be eating at breakfast time. Smoothies are super easy on digestion too! I start everyday with a delicious vitamin-packed smoothie.
If you have protein powder at home, check your ingredients. Is the list longer than 5 things? Do you know what the ingredients are? There can be a lot of harmful and unnecessary ingredients added just like with anything else you buy that is processed.
I have tried a TON of different powders and have to say Tera’s Whey is my all time favorite! It has a clean ingredient list and is made in a very pure way. The cows are not treated with anitbiotics and they are raised on a grass-fed diet. The whey is organic and non-gmo. There could be trace amounts of lactose but I am lactose intolerant have no problems with it. It does not contain casein (which is one of the proteins found in milk) that some may have allergic reactions to. It is low in sugar (2g) and lightly sweeten with stevia. It has 20g of protein to help sustain you through the morning. I love that it only has 4 ingredients. It is not fortified with vitamins but I load my smoothies up with tons of fresh or frozen produce. You can buy online, at Whole Foods and some Targets.
Whey is made as a by-product of cheese and yogurt production. It is a complete protein – containing all 9 essential amino acids. It is an excellent way to promote lean muscle mass and will help your muscles recover post-workout.
Whole Foods Plant-Based Nutritional Shake (I only like the chocolate) is tasty and is loaded with vitamins and nutrients and is sweetened with stevia extract so it only has 1g of sugar. The protein is made of pea protein, hemp and brown rice protein. I mix with almond milk sometimes mid-afternoon for a little pick-me-up! I also like giving this one to my kids!
I also recommend Juice Plus Complete Protein Powder which is made with non-gmo soy, pea protein and chickpea protein. It is 100% plant-based and has a lot of fiber (8g) to keep you full and has 13g of protein. It has been fortified with some vitamins to help kick start your day. The negative of this powder is the sugar content (10g per sugar). On a positive, because it is sweetened, many children will drink these shakes. You can purchase online through my Juice Plus website.
If you are uncomfortable with adding protein powder to your smoothies, I would suggest adding in some type of whole food containing protein (ex: greek yogurt, cottage cheese, hemp seeds, nuts or tofu). The protein will help sustain your blood sugar and keep your body satisfied for a longer period of time.