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Best Protein Powders

With so many options for protein powders, It seems like choosing the right supplement requires just as much skill as a wine connoisseur. I am not a wine connoisseur but I did do a post about wine for weight loss If you are Interested In reading how you can drink wine, lose weight and stay on your fitness journey click Here

Today I am going to talk about some protein powders that I consider to be the best protein powders on the market today. Yesterday I gave my list of the top 5 worst protein powders on the market today. If you are Interested In reading what made my naughty list before you read my good list click Here
Disclaimer: I will be providing links to Amazon for some of the protein powders that I will be mentioning today. I In no shape, way or form will get paid any type of commission for you clicking the link. 

Today my list will consist of animal bases protein and plant protein. So If you’re vegan, vegetarian or a meat person read on for today’s list. First, know this: Plant protein Is more slimming than milk-derived proteins. Because whey Is a dairy derivative…and many commercial preparations tend to contain all manner of funky chemicals…protein powders that use this source as a base can lead to bloat and skin conditions. However, If you find you’re not terribly lactose Intolerant, milk proteins are some of the best sources of amino acids out there. Milk proteins such as whey and casein have the ability to preserve lean muscle mass and Improve metabolic health during weight loss, according to research published in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism.


When you’re looking for the proper animal-based powder, look out for words like cold processed, concentrate (Isolate only If you’re sensitive to lactose), hormone-free, grass-fed, tested low for heavy metals, and does not contain sucralose or any artificial color, flavor or sweetener.

Promix Grass-Fed Whey Protein

If you want a “fast acting” protein that will stimulate protein synthesis (Protein synthesis is the process whereby biological cells generate new proteins; it is balanced by the loss of cellular proteins via degradation or export.) after a workout, go with whey. While a whey protein concentrate has a lower percentage of protein than whey Isolate, It contains more bioactive compounds (are extra nutritional constituents that typically occur in small quantities in foods.) found In the milk fat that positively Influences metabolism and Immunity—just make sure It’s low-temperature-processed (raw or cold-processed). This method allows the mix to retain many of its fragile immune factors and nutrients leaving It loaded with the Ideal blend of easily-absorbed amino acids, anti-Inflammatory compounds, essential fats, energy-replenishing carbs, metabolism-boosting peptides, potent antioxidants, and alkaline minerals.

You’ll get even more of these nutrients when your powder Is made from pasture-fed cows, which have a higher concentration of Inflammation-reducing omega-3 fatty acids and two to five times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) (Conjugated linoleic acids are a family of at least 28 Isomers of linoleic acid found mostly in the meat and dairy products derived from ruminants.) than their corn and grain fed counterparts. CLA provides a variety of health benefits like burning fat and maintaining lean body mass. Besides toning your body, these two sources of dietary fat will also improve absorption of key vitamins and carotenoids. Not to mention, grass-fed cows are less likely to be treated with antibiotics than grain fed cows, meaning you’ll have a lower risk of building up antibiotic resistance or gaining unnecessary weight.

~Protein source: Grass-fed whey protein concentrate
~Protein payoff: 25 g per serving

~Because of all of the healthy properties, this contains It does contain a price tag of $75.99 broken down Is roughly $1 per scoop.

Flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Vanilla, Unflavored, and Peanut Butter

Ounces It comes In: 1 lb, 5 lb, and 10 lb

Found at GNC

Naked Casein

If you’re looking to repair and regrow muscle, take some Naked Casein Powder before bed. Casein, as opposed to whey, digests more slowly (It’s the same principle as low-glycemic-index “slow carbs”) and stays In the system longer to nourish muscles. This makes It a good option If you need a nighttime snack on workout days: It’ll help kick-start recovery and build fat-burning muscle. This option has 26 grams of protein and zero grams of fat per serving. (If you do want to drink whey, you can do It In the PM as well: active men who consumed whey at night increased their next-morning metabolism.)

~Protein source: Micellar Casein from U.S. dairy farms
~Protein payoff: 26 g per serving

This has a hefty price tag of $91.00 Found at GNC

Flavors It Comes In: Unflavored, Vanilla, and Chocolate

Ounces It comes In: 1 lb and 5 lb

This breaks down to roughly $1.20 per scoop

Mercola Pure Power Protein

This product Is designed to boost both your fitness levels as well as your overall health. It contains a unique blend of high-quality whey protein, muscle-fueling coconut triglycerides, pre-biotic resistant starch, endurance-boosting and blood-sugar-stabilizing chia seeds, and probiotics. Not only can probiotics keep your gut healthy, but when they’re combined with high-quality whey protein, they can enhance muscle development: Probiotics help your body synthesize leucine, a particular branched-chain amino acid (BCAA), which you need for muscle building.

~Protein source: Grass-fed whey protein concentrate
~Protein payoff: 20 g per serving

This has a smaller price tag of $49.00 Found at GNC

Flavors: Vanilla, Banana, and Chocolate

Ounces It comes In: 1 lb and 14 packets

Since the bag Is smaller the serving per scoop Is a bit higher at $2.20

Paleo Protein Pure Egg

Whey tends to be the first word when it comes to protein supplementation. But as we’ve mentioned before, it can cause belly bloat. For a better option that’ll help you bulk up only in desirable areas, try egg-white protein, which Is naturally low-carb and no-fat. Just like whey, egg white protein such as a complete essential amino acid profile, which promotes optimal recovery from challenging workouts. Want to boost the flavor without artificial additives? Paleo Pure provides a blank slate (It’s only egg whites and sunflower lecithin) ( When you Include lecithin In your “Diet”, you are nourishing your brain and helping to support your nervous system. … Lecithin Is a type of phospholipid found In pure sunflower seeds and Is a natural source of phosphatidylcholine, a natural constituent found In your brain and nervous system.) Sunflower Lecithin Is a great option for anyone with a soy Intolerance or sensitivity. Add a tablespoon of raw cacao powder to boost your Intake of brain-boosting flavanoids while curbing your chocolate cravings.

~Protein source: GMO-free egg whites
~Protein payoff: 25.2 g per serving

I have only found this on Amazon for the price tag of $45.00 which breaks down to around $1.50 per serving.

Flavors: Blueberry Tart, Chocolate, and Plain

Ounces It comes In: 30 servings, 1.85 pounds, and 60 servings

If you want to purchase this here Is the link where you can check It out  

Link ~~~> Paleo Protein Pure Egg

Mt. Capra Products Double Bonded Goat Milk Protein

This powerful protein combines the best of both worlds In protein supplementation through a natural blend of casein and whey proteins. Using a combination powder allows whey to trigger muscle building stimulation while casein Inhibits factors that lead to muscle breakdown. Mt. Capra Is a small, family-run farm In the Pacific Northwest who uses milk from their own pasture-grazed goat herd in their powders. If your body doesn’t agree with cow milk, goat milk Is a great alternative. Even though goat milk still has lactose, the goat milk proteins are smaller and are thus absorbed by the human digestive system In a far superior way to that of cow protein.

~Protein source: Grass-fed goat milk protein
~Protein payoff: 20 g per serving

This has a price tag of $66.00 and It breaks down to $2.20 per serving

I have only found this on Amazon If you want to purchase this yourself here Is a link so you can check It out for yourself.

Mt. Capra Products Double Bonded Goat Milk Protein

Designer Whey, French Vanilla

Like a good pair of designer shoes, Designer Whey lives up to Its name. The blend is made up of natural GMO-free whey protein concentrate and GMO-free whey protein isolate. All of the whey from milk is made free of artificial growth hormones and antibiotics. Unlike most animal-based protein powders, this option also provides 3 grams of prebiotic veggie fiber which is beneficial to help suppress any hunger between meals. Although these ingredients are great for you, Designer Whey adds in taurine — an amino acid commonly found in the brain and used in many chemical-crammed energy drinks. the additive may operate more like a sedative than a stimulant.

~Protein Source: Whey full spectrum peptides, whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate
~Protein payoff: 20 g per serving

The price tag for this Is $45.00 which breaks down to about $0.77 per serving

I have only seen this at Target

Flavors It comes In: Chocolate Mocha, Vanilla, and Double Chocolate

Ounces It comes In: 12 ounces, 2 lb, and 4 lb

Plant-Based Protein Powders

Plant protein powders won’t lead to bloat like whey powders will, and they’re also less likely to Include nasty artificial sweeteners. (Although recent science Indicates they’re not carcinogenic, as feared, artificial sweeteners have been shown to actually increase your appetite.) Those looking to build muscle shouldn’t shrink In fear: It has been recently studied that rice protein was just as effective as whey In building muscle and strength among men who worked out frequently.

Tip: Look for pea, hemp, soy or rice powders, ideally in blends. Because many single plant-based varieties aren’t complete proteins (A complete protein (or whole protein) Is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of an organism.), consuming a blended plant-protein powder (one that contains both pea and rice, along with a variety of sprouts) will ensure you’re getting more amino acids and thus the most bang for your supplement buck.

SunWarrior Warrior Blend Raw Protein Powder

A great raw protein option, this GMO-free powder derived Its muscle-building power from raw organic pea, cranberry and hemp seed protein—It’s even tasty enough to take on Its own! What’s more, there are no sugars, gluten or artificial sweeteners to cause a metabolism-confusing midday crash. If you down some pre-workout, the branched-chain amino acids can give your gym session a boost by helping to target energy directly to your muscles.

I’ve found this at whole foods for the pricey price tag of $65.00

~Protein source: Pea, hemp, cranberry protein, brown rice and more
~Protein payoff: 19 grams per serving

Flavors It comes In: Vanilla and Chocolate

Ounces It Comes In: 40 servings

Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake

Loaded with six servings of greens, probiotics, antioxidants and 50% of your daily intake of food-based vitamins and minerals, this super clean option Is difficult to turn down. With tasty flavors like vanilla chai and berry, water alone Is enough to create a tasty shake you’ll actually like sipping. If you have more time, combine a scoop—which doles out 20 grams of protein—with unsweetened milk alternatives and a frozen banana for an Irresistible milkshake-like creation. Created by a former Ironman triathlete, this balanced protein also tastes great In homemade protein muffins as a post-triathlon—or post-regular run—treat.

~Protein source: Pea protein and hemp protein
~Protein payoff: 20 grams per serving

This Protein powder has a price tag of $50 It breaks down to roughly $2.45 per serving

Flavors It comes In: Coconut Almond, French Vanilla, Mocha, Chocolate, Vanilla, Berry, Vanilla Chai, and Plain Unsweetened

It also comes In Organic but for Organic the flavor Is just plain unsweetened

Garden of Life Raw Protein

This complete protein showcases 13 raw and organic sprouts, with 17 grams of protein per serving, all the essential amino acids your body needs, plus tea and cinnamon extract. Just make sure you whip up a smoothie using a healthy fat like nut butter or avocado. Makers of this powder load It with fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, which can only be fully absorbed by your body when paired with a healthy fat. Their original unflavored powder works In any post-workout shake, but satisfying chocolate versions.

When you’re looking for an option with rice, make sure the brand uses sprouted brown rice (like Garden of Life does), not just “rice protein.” Sprouting the rice reduces the number of carbs and heightens the amount of protein, which lowers the glycemic effect (minimizing blood sugar spikes) and Increases the nutritional profile. Plus, when rice protein Is sprouted, It changes In genetic makeup to make Its nutrients more bioavailable to the body.

~Protein source: Organic sprouted protein blend (brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, millet and more)
~Protein payoff: 22 grams per serving

This has a price tag of $32.00 and that Is broken down Into $1.56 per serving

Flavors It comes In: Chocolate, Unflavored, Vanilla, and Vanilla Chai

Found at any health food store

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein

We love the post-workout high—no, not that kind of hemp high—we get with this hemp-based, organic tub. Hemp protein Is derived from the less-fun parts of the hemp plant, offering a substantial amount of fiber (here, 8 grams) that’s easy to digest, making It a great pre-workout powder to keep you from cramping up at the gym. On top of 15 grams of complete protein per serving, hemp also boasts heart-healthy doses of anti-inflammatory omega-3s. This option Is an Ideal mix-In for oatmeal or smoothies (or brownies If that’s your thing); the fiber will make you feel fuller longer, and It contains eight essential amino acids to build muscle.

~Protein source: Hemp
~Protein payoff: 15 g per serving

This Is one of the cheaper protein powders on the market It has a price tag of $10.73 and It breaks Into 0.73 cents per serving.

Flavors It Comes In: Chocolate, Hemp Protein, Hemp-High-Fiber, and High Fiber

Found at any health food store

Garden of Life Sport, Chocolate

Designed for an athlete to use post-workout, Garden of Life took the amazing plant-based powder game one step further. This powder Is NSF Certified for Sport and Informed-Choice for Sport Certified, meaning there are zero banned athletic substances and only whole clean nutrients. Their unique array of protein products delivers a full profile of essential amino acids: 5.5 BCAAs and 5g glutamine, all of which are essential when It comes to cutting down your body’s recovery time after exercise and maximizing the benefits from your hard work In the weight room.

~Protein Source: Organic pea protein, organic sprouted navy bean, organic sprouted lentil bean, organic sprouted garbanzo bean, organic cranberry protein (seed.)
~Protein payoff: 30 g per serving

This has a price tag of $37.00 and that breaks down Into $1.92 per serving

Flavors It comes In: Chocolate and Vanilla

Sunwarrior Classic Protein

Sunwarrior gets their claim to fame by using an abundant amount of amino acids. It’s also free of GMOs, soy, gluten, dairy, and unnecessary calories. For just one scoop of this flavor-packed drink, you get 80 calories and 16 grams of muscle-molding protein. For a more filling and nutrient-packed meal, double it up! Start your day right with two scoops of this deliciously satisfying chocolate drink for 160 calories and 32 grams of the satiating macronutrient.

This protein powder has a price tag of $45.00 and It breaks down Into 0.95 cents per serving

~Protein Source: Raw whole grain brown rice protein
~Protein payoff: 16 g per serving

Flavors It comes In: Chocolate,Vanilla, and Plain

Again this can be found at most health food stores

Final Thoughts

This list Is pretty much are my top picks for animal-based protein and plant-based protein. There are tons of other companies for plant-based that I didn’t add to the list because the list would be way too long. Here are the names of the other plan-based companies that are worth a try.

~Garden of Life Sport ~Orgain Organic Protein, Sweet Vanilla Bean ~Amazing Grass Protein Superfood, Chocolate Peanut Butter

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