Here's a question from one of our readers and a current Glamour Girl:
"What is the best kind/brand of protein powder that I can blend with my morning kale and banana smoothies?"
We all know that eating whole, unprocessed, and balanced meals is the best nutrition for our bodies. However, our busy schedules don't always allow for such healthy choices.
One way to stay on track is to buy a high quality protein powder. Whether you are looking for a quick breakfast, lunch or post workout meal, having a good quality shake is key. With so many protein powders on the market it's hard to know which one is best.
For this post I'll focus on whey protein powders. Whey is the byproduct of milk and cheese. It helps to stabilize your blood sugar and ups your insulin production. It also helps with the production of glutathione, which is a major antioxidant in our bodies. As with any source of protein, whey helps your body keep the muscle you have.
Since there are so many brands of whey protein powder you must really be selective and read the labels. A lot of protein powders are loaded with chemical sweeteners, toxic substances and heavy metals. You want to find whey protein that is from organic grass-fed cows, so your shake is free of hormones and pesticides. It should be sweetened naturally and cold pressed (heat will destroy the whey structure. Make sure that your shake is high in fiber (5 grams or more) and low in sugar (under 8 grams)
*This seems to be the best protein powder I could find...so far :)
Mercola Pure Power Protein Powder:
Amount Per Serving
Dietary Fiber 8g
15 CFU billion probiotics
*For a 3 canister pack it is almost $120, 22 servings per container, which is about $1.82 per shake
You can click here to see the product, more info and to purchase. I wasn't impressed with some of Dr. Mercola's other protein powders because they lacked fiber. Fiber is what helps to keep you full.
There were also great reviews for Idealshape shakes, but it is not certified organic. However, it is about $1.50 per serving and is low sugar, high fiber. This shake has great reviews and is a favorite among many.
Here are a few protein powders to avoid:
Sadly, I used to buy Isagenix and used to recommend it to my clients, but after further research it's about $3.75 per shake, has too much sugar, and about 100 more calories than the other shakes. :(
Kirkland (Costco's brand) protein powder, way too much sugar...38 grams per serving.
Myoplex has sugar substitutes, and taurine which is like caffeine on steroids.
Hopefully, this helps with the shake confusion. I'll write a few more posts on different types of protein for those of you that prefer soy protein, hemp protein or a vegan option.