Vegan Protein Powders

Whether you’re vegan or mostly plant-based, a common misconception is that it can be challenging to get enough protein in your “diet”. Enter: vegan protein powders. Made with brown rice, quinoa, hemp, pea protein, soy, or a blend of plant proteins, the latest vegan powders supply anywhere from 14 to 22 grams of the muscle-building macronutrient per scoop. And if you choose a vegan protein powder blend, they’re more likely to have a more complete amino acid profile.

To compare, the average animal-based protein powder contains 20 to 25 grams of protein per scoop. Even if you’re not vegan, you should still consider making whey for plant protein powders in your “diet”. Plant-based protein powders are packed with fiber, which takes longer for your body to digest so you stay fuller for a longer period of time. And unlike powders made with casein, whey, and eggs, vegan protein powders might be easier to digest for some people. Moreover, a scoop of the plant-based stuff delivers essential nutrients, like magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium.


How to Find the Right Vegan Protein Powder

Woman with protein shake

To help you pick out the best tub on the shelf, we rounded up the best vegan protein powder brands you can find at the grocery or nearest health foods shop. A good bet is to find one that’s organic because you know it’s also non-GMO.

Since I’m talking about plant protein, you don’t need to worry about synthetic hormones, but you do still want to know that the ingredient (soy, hemp, rice, etc.) wasn’t grown with a bunch of chemical pesticides and fertilizers either.

Some protein powders have a laundry list of ingredients, so go with one that has ingredients you know and understand. If you’re OK with artificial sweeteners or Stevia or monk fruit, that’s fine, but lots of folks want to avoid those. In that case, look for one with less than 10 grams of added sugar per serving.

Bob’s Red Mill Hemp Protein

Bobs red mill hemp protein powder

Protein source: Hemp protein

Protein payoff: 14 g per serving

While the protein count is much lower for hemp seeds than other plant-based sources, they contain 20 amino acids, including all nine of the essential ones. They’re also an excellent source of fiber and heart-loving omega-3 fatty acids. At 14 grams of protein and eight grams of fiber per scoop, Bob’s Red Mill’s powder has a mild flavor that you can easily blend into post-workout smoothies, energy balls, and baked goods.

$29.97 per 2-pack on Amazon


Aloha Plant-Based Protein Powder

Aloha plant based protein powder

Protein source: Pea protein, hemp seed protein, pumpkin seed protein

Protein payoff: 18 g per serving

Certified USDA Organic, non-GMO, and soy-free, Aloha is one of the cleanest vegan protein powders out there. Thanks to the powerful blend of pea protein, hemp seed, and pumpkin seed, you’ll get 18 grams of the muscle building blocks along with six grams of fiber and a generous dose of magnesium and iron. Aloha sweetens its powder with coconut sugar and monk fruit extract as well as adds pink sea salt, vanilla bean, and Madagascar cinnamon for a bold vanilla flavor that goes great with overnight oats and pancakes.

$29.99 on Amazon


Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Plant Protein Powder

Optimum nutrition gold standard plant protein powder

Protein source: Pea protein, brown rice protein, Sacha Inchi protein, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, chia

Protein payoff: 24 g per serving

Optimum Nutrition’s plant-based protein powder has one of the highest amounts of protein and provides all nine essential amino acids per serving. It also has four grams of naturally occurring BCAAs, which are branched-chain amino acids that help reduce muscle breakdown post-workout. In addition, each two-scoop serving offers vitamin B12, a generous dose of fiber-rich ancient grains, and beet powder for recovery.

$29.99 on Amazon


Amazing Grass Protein Superfood Protein Powder

Amazing grass protein powder

Protein source: Peanut flour, pea protein, hemp protein, chia, quinoa

Protein payoff: 20 g per serving

If you’re on a quest for efficiency, look no further than Amazing Grass’ protein powder, which combines greens, like spinach, spirulina, broccoli, and wheatgrass with pea protein, hemp protein, chia, and quinoa. It has a fruit blend of acai, banana, goji, sweet potato, pineapple, and raspberry, too. Bake with this protein powder to sneak some greens into your breakfast muffins.

$21.99 on Amazon


Ora Superfood Protein Powder

ora superfood protein powder

Protein source: Pea protein, rice protein, hemp protein, Sacha Inchi, amaranth, sprouted quinoa

Protein payoff: 21 g per serving

In addition to its excellent protein profile, Ora’s superfood protein powder also delivers a variety of anti-inflammatory foods, including blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, kale, and turmeric. It also packs in some prebiotic benefits with Jerusalem artichoke. And with flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and vanilla chai, how could you resist?

$54.99 on The Vitamin Shoppe


Plnt By: (Plant Protein)

Plant protein powder

Protein source: Pea protein isolate, cranberry seed, chia seed, and Sacha Inchi seed

Protein payoff: 19 g per serving

With a complete amino acid profile, you can’t go wrong with Vitamin Shoppe’s Plnt protein powder, which comes in vanilla and chocolate. Free of GMOs, soy, nuts, and artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, or sweeteners, a scoop serves up 5 grams of iron, 40 grams of potassium, and 40 grams of calcium.

$17.99 on The Vitamin Shoppe 


Vega One Organic All-In-One Shake

Vega all in one shake protein powder

Protein source: Pea protein, quinoa sprouts, sunflower seed protein, chia seed powder, pumpkin seed protein, spirulina, Sacha Inchi powder,

Protein payoff: 20 g per serving

Three words: All. In. One. This protein powder gives you 20 grams of plant-based protein plus 50 percent of your daily value of eight different vitamins and minerals. Not to mention, it also packs gut-boosting probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids. Go for the plain, unsweetened variety if you want something simple or satisfy your sweet cravings with chocolate mint, chocolate, French vanilla, coconut almond, mocha, and berry.

$49.99 on Amazon


Garden of Life Plant Protein Powder

garden of life protein powder

Protein source: Pea protein, sprouted brown rice protein, amaranth sprout, buckwheat sprout, millet sprout, buckwheat sprout, garbanzo bean sprout, quinoa sprout, chia seed sprout, lentil sprout, adzuki bean sprout, lentil sprout, flax seed sprout, sunflower seed sprout, pumpkin seed sprout, sesame seed sprout

Protein payoff: 22 g per serving

Made with 13 sprouted proteins and a complete profile of all the essential amino acids, Garden of Life’s raw organic powder will help you meet all of your “get swole” needs. It also contains probiotics to support your digestive health and vitamins A, D, E, and K. From vanilla to chocolate cacao to vanilla spiced chai, these flavors will make your smoothies sing.

$32.89 on Amazon


Espira by AVON Plant Power Protein Powder

Espira by avon plant protein powder

Protein source: Pea protein isolate, artichoke protein, sprouted amaranth powder, sprouted quinoa powder

Protein payoff: 21 g per serving

Espira by Avon’s newly launched non-GMO plant protein powders for women are designed with 4,500 milligrams of BCAAs to help your muscles recover post-workout. It’s also infused with an enzyme blend that includes bromelain, which helps with reducing swelling and muscle soreness from exercise.

$36.94 on Amazon


NOW Foods Organic Plant Protein Powder

now foods organic plant protein

Protein source: Pea protein, brown rice, and quinoa

Protein payoff: 22 g per serving

Following the keto diet and want to keep your carb intake to a minimum? A scoop of NOW Foods organic plant protein powder has just three grams of carbs (and only one gram of net carbs) and zero sugar. Blend some into an avocado smoothie to ensure you’re getting ample amounts of healthy fat to maintain ketosis.

$34.99 on Now-2-U.com


Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Protein

Genuine health fermented vegan protein

Protein source: Fermented pea protein isolate, brown rice protein, hemp seed protein concentrate, quinoa sprouts, alfalfa herb top protein, spirulina, and mung bean sprouts

Protein payoff: 15 g per serving

While some protein powders can cause bloating and digestive issues, the high-quality blend of fermented plant proteins in this powder makes it easy to break down and absorb the nutrients. The best part is it also has all nine essential amino acids that help repair and build muscles.

$29.99 on Amazon


SunWarrior Protein Classic Plus

Sunwarrior plant based protein

Protein source: Pea protein, brown rice, quinoa, chia seed, amaranth

Protein payoff: 18 g per serving

The powerhouse protein blend of pea, brown rice, quinoa, chia seed, and amaranth in this powder will keep you energized to take on your day long after your a.m. sweat session. What’s more, it has a complete amino acid profile, BCAAs, and MCTs to help your body recover after some muscle-burning HIIT.

$36.71 on Amazon


Manitoba Harvest Hemp Yeah! Plant Protein Blend

Manitoba harvest plant protein

Protein source: Hemp and pea protein

Protein payoff: 20 g per serving

From hemp toppers to bites to protein powder, Manitoba Harvest has got us high on hemp—and we don’t mean the psychedelic kind. With two grams of omega-3 and 6 and three grams of fiber per serving, this Hemp Yeah! powder will restore your energy post-run and make you feel more satisfied after sipping on a green smoothie. It blends well with any dish you add it to and is also certified organic, non-GMO, and kosher-friendly. That’s pretty hemptastic!

$26.99 on Amazon


Nutiva Hemp Protein

Nutiva hemp protein

Protein source: Hemp protein

Protein payoff: 15 g per serving

Your zucchini bread, smoothies, oatmeal, and pancakes will instantly get a nutrition upgrade with the addition of this hemp protein powder. In addition to serving up 15 grams of hunger-curbing protein, it also boasts 8 grams of waist-whittling fiber as well as omega-3s, iron, magnesium, and zinc.

$16.99 on Amazon


Moonjuice Mushroom Adaptogenic Protein Powder

Moon juice mushroom protein

Protein source: Brown rice protein

Protein payoff: 20 g per serving

Unlike other protein powders on this list, Moon Juice provides a powerful dose of adaptogens, which are medicinal herbs and mushrooms that help your body manage stress and boost immunity. Cordyceps mushrooms, reishi, and ashwagandha can help improve cognitive function and fight off inflammation from high cortisol levels. Prepare a refreshing latte with a scoop of the powder to give you the mental stamina to take on your day.

$55 on Amazon


Naturade VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional Shake

Naturade vegan protein powder

Protein source: Pea protein isolate, quinoa protein, chia protein, potato protein, chlorella protein

Protein payoff: 23 g per serving

You don’t get one but two scoops of this flavor-packed protein powder in one serving. Kick-start your day by adding a double of the crave-worthy chocolate to your morning smoothie. You’ll also get six grams of fiber and a wealth of other essential vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, D, and K, and manganese, selenium, and zinc.

$26.62 on Amazon


PlantFusion Complete Protein Powder

Plantfusion vegan protein powder

Protein source: Pea protein isolate, artichoke powder, sprouted amaranth powder, sprouted quinoa powder, whole algae protein

Protein payoff: 25 g per serving

Known for selecting high-quality ingredients, PlantFusion emphasizes purity in their products so you know you’re getting the best that’s out there. For example, their vanilla protein powder comes from vanilla beans in Madagascar and their yellow peas were harvested from the hills of northern France. Moreover, lucuma fruit from Peru, monk fruit, and yacon root have been added for a touch of sweetness while avoiding the sugar crash that comes with cane sugar.

$35.59 on Amazon


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How To Go Vegetarian

A plant-based “diet” has been linked to better health, disease prevention, and… affordability? Is it really cheaper to be a vegetarian?

Research recently presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity in Vienna found that vegetarian diets are more affordable than other diets if you buy the food online. On average, it cost about $2.00 less per day to be a vegetarian, according to the research.
The study, led by scientists at the Nestlé Research Center in Switzerland, compared vegetarian, Mediterranean, and U.S. dietary guidelines-based diets. While a vegetarian “diet” is entirely plant-based, the Mediterranean “diet” allows red meat sparingly, and the U.S. dietary guidelines recommend a well-rounded “diet” with lean meats and low-fat or fat-free dairy products.

The nutritional quality scores of all “diets” were similar even though meat and poultry weren’t included in the vegetarian plan. The vegetarian “diet” was significantly more affordable than the Mediterranean diet plan.

Online shopping makes it convenient to buy foods for a nutritious diet that meets government recommendations, but it may be expensive. Even though a vegetarian menu plan may be more affordable than other healthy menu plans, $15.40 per day per person is still expensive.

The United States Department of Agriculture has previously estimated that the daily cost of food for a healthy menu plan can be as little as $6.50 per day.

Cheap and healthy? Going vegetarian or eating a plant-based diet could help many Americans get more of the nutrients they need to be healthy. About 75 percent of Americans don’t get enough fruits, vegetables, or dairy, according to federal guidelines.

Instead, many people get their calories from sugar, saturated fat, and salty foods.


Can You Save Money By Going Vegetarian

Plant-based eating, especially if you eat in-season produce and don’t purchase gourmet foods and supplements, can be quite cost-effective, according to research.

2015 study in the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition found that a vegetarian diet could save Americans about $750 a year. Studies have found that plant-based “diets” can be cheaper, and this is related to the fact that animal proteins tend to be the most expensive item on the plate. However, don’t expect to save money just because you go on a plant-based “diet”.

Pricy superfoods, protein powders, and exotic fruits and vegetables can add up fast.

Honest Moment: I remember when I first went vegetarian. I went to Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s because I read those were places you go when you have a restricted “diet”. I Real Quick: I have food allergies and a TONS of food sensitivities so that is why I went to whole foods and trader joes. Trader Joe’s food bill wasn’t that bad whole foods however the bill was HIGH and I walked away with 2 bags with trader joes I walked away with 10 bags for less money. The one thing I learned over the years is beans and tofu will become your best friends in the beginning and then as you learn new recipes your grocery bill will go down. Also, I do love me some processed Gluten-Free, vegan junk food and I do buy some processed meats, Frozen Pizza, and a bunch of other pre-packaged meals. 

If you would like to learn more about going vegetarian you can reach me at any of the sites I mentioned below in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”.

To get the most out of your grocery budget, opt for local, seasonal produce and affordable pantry staples like rice and beans. You can also start a garden to save even more.


Food Quality Counts For Optimal Benefits

Eating a vegetarian or primarily plant-based diet has been linked to many health benefits, but the quality of the food matters to attain those health perks.

If you eat a “diet” based on whole plant foods, you gain even more benefits than vegetarian diets filled with highly processed foods.

According to research presented at the Nutrition 2018 meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, the evidence points to the high benefits of following plant-based diets.

In one of the studies presented, people who ate more plant-based proteins than animal proteins had lower risks of developing coronary heart disease.

In another study, participants who ate more plant proteins had less plaque in their arteries, too.

Further research found that vegetarian eaters had a lower body mass index, smaller waist circumference, lower amounts of abdominal fat, decreased cholesterol, and lower blood sugar compared to people in the same demographic group who consumed meat.

According to another study reported at the conference, healthy plant-based choices even reduced mortality by 27 percent and death from cancer by 37 percent, while those who ate high-quality animal foods didn’t have a reduced death risk.

Eating healthy — not just vegetarian

Most people know that eating a vegetarian “diet” requires careful attention to ensure that you’re not just eating anything without meat — for instance, french fries are vegetarian, but they shouldn’t be a regular part of a healthy “diet”.

Research looking at weight changes in 125,000 adults over a 4-year span found that people who ate high-quality plant-based foods — think whole grains, nuts, fruits, and veggies — gained less than those who ate plant-based foods such as sweets and refined grains.

Foods such as crackers, sodas, baked goods, and cheese are technically vegetarian, but those foods are either highly processed or high in fat.

It’s completely possible to fill a plant-based “diet” with low-quality foods — foods that are highly refined, and low in nutrients. A well-rounded plant-based eating regimen includes beans, peas, nuts, soy, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

The research pouring in on the health benefits of vegetarian diets is consistent with the body of science which points out that vegetarian “diets” are linked with lower heart disease, type 2 Diabetes, and obesity risk. Because of these benefits, people tend to live longer on vegetarian “diets”.

Going Vegetarian

McKercher is working with more and more clients who want to protect the environment and animals and therefore become vegetarians.

One common misconception is that plant-based food doesn’t taste good. I also hear people complain that vegetarian foods aren’t filling enough.

That’s why you have to cook with plenty of herbs and spices and use protein-rich ingredients. Plant-based eating can be delicious and satisfying if you do it right.


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Protein That Taste Like Candy

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12 Best Protein Bars for Candy Lovers

It’s all too common that the terms “protein bar” and “candy bar” are used in the same sentence. And that’s because, more often than not, the post-gym snack carries globs of sugar and tons of chemicals—just like the average candy store treat. But every now and again, you hear the two terms used together in a far more positive way. Like the time my friend bit into a KIND bar, immediately proclaimed that it reminded her of an Almond Joy, and then returned to the store to buy more.

Thankfully, KIND isn’t the only protein bar manufacturer that knows Americans—even those trying to dial back on sugar and junk food—love candy. A number of differently packaged food purveyors have created healthy protein bars that are reminiscent of all sorts of different sweet treats. Have an affinity for a particular candy? Scroll through our protein bar picks to find out which bar is sure to make your taste buds swoon. And if you like to add protein to your smoothies and meals via powder, don’t miss my reports on The  Best Protein Powder   and The Worse Protein Powder

RX Bar Mint Chocolate Chip

rx bar mint chocolate chip

210 calories, 9 g fat, 2 saturated fat, 200 mg sodium, 24 g carbs, 24 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 12 g protein

Perfect for: York Peppermint Patty devotees

If you love the combination of cool, refreshing peppermint and decadent dark chocolate, you’re sure to be a fan of this mint chocolate chip bar by Rx. Made with a combination of dates, egg whites, nuts, cacao, peppermint oil, and sea salt, it’s impossible to go wrong with this reduced sugar choice.

Snag them online here.


KIND Dark Chocolate Almond & Coconut

kind dark chocolate almond & coconut

190 calories, 12 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 25 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 3 g protein

Perfect for: Almond Joy fans

Unlike an Almond Joy, which carries over 20 grams of added sugar, this delightfully coconutty KIND bar only packs 9 grams of added sugar. The additional 3 grams you see listed on the nutrition panel above is the naturally-occurring variety from the coconut. For even more ways to dial back on your intake of the sweet stuff.

Snag them online here.


ALOHA Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Bar

aloha peanut butter chocolate chip protein bar

270 calories, 13 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 240 mg sodium, 26 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 18 g protein

Perfect for: Peanut Butter M&M addicts & Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup lovers

There’s something about the combination of chocolate and peanut butter that can’t be beaten. While both ingredients—when made right—are genuinely wholesome, that’s hardly ever the case in the candy aisle. That’s why we’re such big fans of this fiber-packed snack by Aloha. It relies on peanuts, pumpkin seed protein, cacao nibs, and vanilla bean extract to craft it’s smooth and addictive flavor. And better yet, doesn’t let any junky stuff inside the wrapper.

Snag them online here.


ThinkThin White Chocolate Protein Nut Bar

thinkthin white chocolate protein nut bar

190 calories, 12 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 115 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 9 g protein

Perfect for: White chocolate fiends

Since white chocolate doesn’t contain any cocoa solids, it’s isn’t technically chocolate. Which means it’s void of the antioxidants that make the dark variety so heart healthy. (Cue the groans!) I’m a fan of this bar, though, because the white creamy chocolate you love and cherish joins together with filling, heart-protective nuts like almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and peanuts—making it a snack I can actually get behind.

Snag them online here.


Lärabar Crunchy Nut & Seed Dark Chocolate Almond

lärabar crunchy nut & seed dark chocolate almond

200 calories, 15 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat, 45 mg sodium, 13 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 5 g protein

Perfect for: People who are nuts for chocolate covered nuts

If you love chocolate covered almonds and peanuts but find them near-impossible to eat in moderation, this is the perfect protein bar for you! Made with almonds, honey, chia seeds, cacao, coconut and just a handful of additional clean ingredients, there’s no doubt in my minds that it deserves to be on this list!

Snag them from a Target store or any natural food store near you.


KIND Caramel Almond & Sea Salt

kind caramel almond & sea salt

200 calories, 16 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 125 mg sodium, 15 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 6 g protein

Perfect for: Snickers enthusiasts

A number of candy bars combine caramel and nuts, but none do it better than Snickers; it’s without a doubt the most delicious of the lot. But clocking in at 250 calories and 27 grams of sugar it’s also among the most waist-widening. To save 50 calories and 22 grams of the sweet stuff, opt for this fiber- and protein-stacked KIND bar, instead. Somehow, they manage to make a low-sugar snack taste more naughty than nice.

Snag them online here.


Go Raw Sprouted Grow Zesty Lemon Bars

go raw sprouted grow zesty lemon bars

240 calories, 14 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 55 mg sodium, 24 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 12 g protein

Perfect for: Lemon Drop and yellow gummy junkies

Hard candies and gummies are basically all sugar, so to say this organic protein bar is a step up from those treats is a major understatement. Made with sprouted watermelon seeds, dates, coconut nectar, vanilla extract, sea salt, rosemary extract, as well as lemon oil and peel, this superfood-rich snack will give you the tangy yet fruity flavor you crave—without throwing your “diet” efforts to the wind.

Snag them online here.


Perfect Bar Coconut Peanut Butter

perfect bar coconut peanut butter

340 calories, 21 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 55 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 19 g sugar, 16 g protein

Perfect for: Zagnut lovers

If you’re a fan of the old school Zagnut and all of its toasted coconut and peanut buttery goodness, you’ll go gaga for this oh-so-perfect Perfect Bar. Sure, it’s a bit on the caloric side, but it serves up 20 percent of the day’s magnesium and 15 percent of the day’s calcium. Not to mention, they contain healthy ingredients ranging from typical things like peanut butter, honey, and rice protein to the less run-of-the-mill like kale, tomato, and even kelp! While the mixture may seem a bit peculiar, we can assure you the resulting flavor is one you’ll love. Nibble on half a bar as a snack or down the entire thing if you’re in need of a meal replacement.

Snag them online here.


ALOHA Chocolate Fudge Brownie Protein Bar

aloha chocolate fudge brownie protein bar

260 calories, 11 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 135 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 18 g protein

Perfect For: Fudge junkies

Made from sugar, butter, and cream, the average piece of fudge won’t do your waistline any favors. This protein bar, on the other hand, is lean enough to eat on the daily. It’s a touch higher in sugar than I’d like to see, but its high fiber and protein content more than make up for it.

Snag them online here.


Lärabar Bites Mint Chocolate Truffle

lärabar bites mint chocolate truffle

4 bites, 130 calories, 6 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 mg sodium, 17 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 2 g protein

Perfect For: Andes Crème De Menthe Mint fans

Okay, okay, I know these technically aren’t protein bars, but these little decadent protein balls from Lära are far too cute—not to mention, tasty—to not include. Like Andes Mints, these little guys combine the flavors of mint and chocolate. But unlike your fave white sugar-infused candy, the bulk of the sugar you’re getting is from fiber-dense dates, which make up the bulk of the recipe.

Snag them online here.


Quest Bar Protein Bar, Cookies & Cream

quest bar protein bar, cookies & cream

190 calories, 9 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 210 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 14 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 21 g protein

Perfect for: Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Cream Candy Bar fiends

While I’m not huge fans of foods that get their sweetness from zero-calorie sources, two of the primary ones used by Quest (stevia and erythritol) are far better than things like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup. To make this bar extra ooey-gooey and melty, take it out of the wrapper and pop it in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds before devouring it! I think you’ll agree that your beloved cookies ‘n’ cream bar has finally met its match. I recommend not relying on these every time you have sweet cravings. This quest bar did make my naughty list after all. I left the link to the best and worse protein bars at the top of today’s post.

Snag them online here.



Simply Protein Chocolate Caramel

simply protein chocolate caramel

150 calories, 5.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 210 mg sodium, 16 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 15 g protein

Perfect for: Twix & 100 Grand lovers

Digging into this bar instead of a Twix will save you 100 calories and 23 grams of sugar; that’s the equivalent of nearly six sugar cubes! The only downside is that this bar contains soy protein isolate, which when consumed in excess can expose you to potentially dangerous things like hexane and aluminum. For that reason, think of this protein bar as a “sometimes” treat that can help you overcome an intense candy bar craving and NOT an everyday go-to.


Final Thoughts

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Protein Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

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You don’t have to be a bodybuilder to pay close attention to your protein intake. Even if you’ve never stepped foot into a gym or laced up a running shoe, this is a food group that belongs in your body. Did you know that it isn’t just great for muscle mass, but for staying satiated and boosting metabolism as well? Scientific studies have shown these benefits, but if there’s one thing we know about protein, it’s that it gets people talking—but just because people are talking doesn’t necessarily mean they’re telling the truth.

In fact, there’s so much false advice being thrown around in this department that I had to round up the most common culprits for you. Because if you’re not actively looking out for these protein traps, you might end up widening your waist instead of slimming down.


There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Protein

woman eating meat

You’ve probably been told that there’s not enough protein in your daily diet and you need more, more, more, but that’s usually not the case for most people. Far from it, in fact. According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adults between the ages of 19 and 30 eat roughly 100 grams of protein a day, which twice the recommended amount for someone eating a 2,000 calorie diet. But what happens when you overload like this? Did You Know: Eating excessive protein could lead to excessive nitrogen your body can’t excrete. “If you’re a long-time high-protein dieter, you could be increasing your risk for kidney damage. Maybe that’s why researchers from Rovira I Virgili University found high-protein dieters to be 66 percent more at risk of dying than those eating less. So just be mindful next time you’re making any protein shakes to make sure you’re not leaping over your daily limit.


Protein Powders Can Substitute Whole Sources Entirely

man making protein shake

I  love protein shakes (sometimes) for two reasons: they’re a convenient choice to chug when leaving the gym or after your home workout sesh and the powder they’re made of is easily absorbed by our bodies. But that being said, don’t equate drinking a shake to cutting into a slab of steak or faux meat. While powders are a great protein source, they shouldn’t act as a substitute for whole food sources, both animal and plant alike. Not only does the variation of protein provide your body with different amino acid profiles, but consuming the whole food source will also provide your body with other essential micro and macronutrients. So don’t make powders your primary source. Instead, make them a part of a more varied protein diet.

If you are interested in learning some of the best and worst protein powders you can Click Here  and  Here

 


Your Body Can Digest A Lot In One Sitting

various types of protein

Everything in moderation—even protein. I’ve already gone into the possibility of eating too much in one day, but did you know you could eat too much in just one sitting? If you end up going overboard, your body won’t actually digest the excess but will store it as fat instead. That’s why you should be capping your intake at 30 grams each time you eat protein. So look at labels if you want to guarantee your protein-packed meal isn’t backfiring on your body.


Everyone Should Eat The Same Amount

man eating protein bar

Your weight loss journey is not going to be the same as your neighbor’s, your best friend’s, or the person riding next to you on the bus. So why should you match up your protein consumption to theirs? While the base recommended daily amount is 56 grams for men and 46 for women, you need to take your weight into consideration before you follow that number blindly. According to White, there is a formula that can calculate exactly how much protein to eat a day for weight loss per each individual person. It is recommended by the Academy of Nutrition and Diabetics to consume 1.2-1.7 grams per kilogram of body weight. There are 0.45 kilograms in one pound, meaning a 150-pound person needs between 81 and 115 grams compared to a 180-pound person who needs 97-138 grams. Also, keep in mind that your ideal protein levels today aren’t your ideal protein levels next month. As your body changes, your calculations will change along with it.


Whey-Based Protein Will Make You Fat

man making protein shake

Will consuming whey-based protein lead to weight gain? Yes, it could—but only in the way that eating chicken and even salad can eventually lead to weight gain. Too much of anything can boost your calorie intake and lead to a larger number on the scale, so don’t let the rumors scare you away from whey. According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, using it to replace calories in your daily “Diet”  can lead to a body weight decrease of about 9 pounds on average, while exercising on top of that can lead to a lean body mass increase of about 5 pounds. So feel free to ignore the fuss as long as you’re tracking your calorie count.

Here is a post I did about some dangers of Whey Protein if you are interested in reading it you can Click Here


Vegans Need Complete Proteins

grilling hot dogs

A complete protein is a protein source that contains all nine essential amino acids, but since that list includes things like beef, fish, and eggs, vegans end up missing out. Turns out, this isn’t as big of a problem as you may have thought. Even a plant-based diet, as long as it’s well-balanced, includes enough incomplete proteins—in foods like rice and beans, for example—to be combined and used as a complete protein. And you don’t even have to eat them in the same sitting since your body stores amino acids for the entire day.

Here are a few posts about how to get your protein as a vegan that also won’t expand your waistline Vegetarian Protein   Meatless Protein


Increasing Protein Increases Muscle Mass

working out muscles bodybuilding man

This myth is true if and only if you’re supplementing your protein intake with trips to the gym. Your body does need the amino acids in protein sources to better repair or boost muscle mass, but it also needs exercise and strength training on top of that. If you’re not working out and challenging your muscles, they won’t need all the extra protein you’re packing in. That’s why researchers from Rice University recommend that those who don’t exercise only eat about half as much protein as athletes.



You Can’t Go Wrong With A Protein Bar

protein bars

Sometimes it’s actually easier to go wrong with a protein bar than to go right once you start paying attention to packaging. Take a closer look at a Caramel Nut Blast Balance Bar, for instance, and you’ll find carrageenan in the ingredients list. Carrageenan can trigger an immune response that causes inflammation, gut irritation and lesions, and even cancer. But Balance Bar isn’t the only company trying to sneak threatening things by you. Other packaged products include equally dangerous additives like caramel color and appetite-increasing artificial sweeteners. It’s best to find something under 200 calories, low in sugar, and high in protein (obviously), but don’t just add it to your daily diet. Use it to replace a meal or a snack, or just whip up your own protein shake instead with ingredients you can trust.

Here are links to posts I did about some of the best and worst protein bars that are on the market. If you are interested in reading what made my good list and naughty list you can Click Here and Here



Protein Shakes Are Your Only Post-Workout Option

man drinking protein shake gym

Speaking of shakes, you may love them, but you don’t have to make them your one and only. Feel free to shop around for other options that can vary your intake while still boosting your muscle mass. According to the USDA, there are 8 grams of protein in a glass of chocolate milk, and there are also plenty of high-protein soups for abs just waiting for you to stock up at your local supermarket. Just make sure you don’t exceed 20-30 grams for your post-workout protein snack.


Helpful Links

Meal Prepping For Beginners  Intermittent Fasting For Beginners (Women) Edition

Clean Eating For Beginners  Shop The Perimeter   Keto For Beginners  Working Out For Beginners

If It Fits Your Macros For Beginners   Weightloss Plateau Myths


Final Thoughts

I hope I answered some of the most common myths when It comes to protein? Again my opinion is that mine and you may have a different opinion and that is fine. If you have any advice about protein myths that I might’ve missed you can comment and I am always happy to learn new things. If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, you can find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can find all of my social media links in the section titled “Where You Can Follow Me”


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The Best On-The-Go Protein Shakes

In yesterday’s post I did the worst of On-The-Go Protein Shakes If you are interested in reading it you can Click Here. The best part about the best list is that some of these products are Vegan, Gluten-Free and Organic.

Most of the products mentioned today will have links to Amazon so you can check them out for yourself.

If you are new to my blog hello my name is Amanda and I am the woman behind the name Amanda Explains It. With this blog, I always aim to bring you informative information about everything. I give beginner tips for all areas of the health/nutrition world. Some of my most recent work has been the best and the worst of something. Like the name suggests I give you the best products and the worst products. I also do posts about being Gluten-Free and Food Allergies/Sensitivites. If there is something that you would like to me to cover let me know and i will be more than happy to cover that topic for you. All the links to my past best/worst of something will be linked at the end of today’s post. 

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My top picks for the best grab-and-go protein shakes contain no artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated oils. In addition, each one has at least 12 grams of high-quality proteins that deliver the right blend of amino acids required to build and repair muscle tissues. Unless otherwise mentioned, all products are sweetened with either stevia or stevia and monk fruit extract, two of our favorite non-nutritive sweeteners.


CalNaturale Svelte Organic Protein Drink

Protein shakes

Per 15.9 fl oz bottle: 260 calories, 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 190 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (5 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 16 g protein

Organic soy milk (and thus, non-GMO soy) is both the source of protein in this resealable shake and the first ingredient, followed by rice syrup and cane sugar (there’s also some stevia added). Rice syrup is being used more often in products because of its high glucose and low fructose content, meaning its sugars are mostly used for energy and fewer (i.e. the fructose) molecules are sent to be processed by the liver, where they could cause fatty liver disease. The high fiber count will help slow digestion and give you sustained energy. This certified gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and kosher shake boasts 8 vitamins and minerals, has 35 percent of your daily value of calcium, and 30 percent of your DV of vitamin D (which can not only help strengthen bones, but it can also help you lose belly fat).

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Skinnygirl Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11.5 fl oz bottle: 80 calories, 1.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 350 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (1-3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 12 g protein

If you need something to tide you over until dinner or are planning a long car trip, this shake is for you. With no sugars to spike your blood sugar and incite nagging hunger pangs, this is a great option for those who are looking for just a high-protein snack to curb tummy rumbling. It also contains one of the shortest ingredient lists, including just water, milk protein concentrate, cocoa, natural flavors, cellulose gel and gum, salt, and the sweeteners stevia and monk fruit extract. Don’t rely on this one regularly, though. The combination of milk protein and use of carrageenan can cause bloating in those with sensitive stomachs.

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Organic Valley Organic Fuel High Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11 oz bottle, chocolate: 260 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 105 mg sodium, 27 g carbs (1 g fiber, 26 g sugar), 26 g protein

Upgrade your Core Power High Protein Milk Shake with this organic version from Organic Valley. Made with filtered skim milk, cream, and fair-trade unrefined cane sugar, this product is likely safe for those with lactose intolerances due to the addition of lactase enzyme. There’s no carrageenan like there is in Core Power. Instead, the emulsifier is replaced with gellan gum—a water-dwelling-bacterium-derived product hasn’t been studied as well in humans, but the few studies that are out there have found no ill effects from ingestion.

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Muscle Milk Organic Non-Dairy Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 12 fl oz bottle: 170 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 180 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (0 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 20 g protein

Unlike traditional Muscle Milk, this shake gets its milk protein concentrate from organic-certified cows, which means they are required to spend at least four months a year grazing in pastures, their feed was grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or genetically modified seeds, and the cows are not treated with hormones or antibiotics. All of which are important as milk protein concentrate, which has a lower percentage of protein than whey isolate, contains more bioactive compounds found in the milk fat that positively influence metabolism and immunity. They keep the sugar count low by adding some cane sugar but supplementing the sweetness with non-nutritive stevia as well. Like SkinnyGirl shakes, this product uses carrageenan, which could cause inflammation and gastrointestinal problems when consumed often. Enjoy as an occasional treat.

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Orgain Organic Nutritional Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz bottle: 255 calories, 7 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 260 mg sodium, 32 g carbs (2 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 16 g protein

Besides Organic Valley’s Organic Fuel, this is the only protein shake I could find on the market that isn’t sweetened with non-nutritive sweeteners like monk fruit extract, stevia, or sugar alcohols—just good-old-fashioned sugar and brown rice syrup. So if you’re looking for a real-sugar sweetened drink that doesn’t have as much protein as Organic Fuel, Orgain has you covered with this blend of only 16 grams of protein, 23 vitamins and minerals, as well as 10 fruits and veggies with the perfect 2:1 ratio of carbs to protein optimal for muscle recovery.

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Odwalla Strawberry Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 15.2 fl oz bottle: 300 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 250 mg sodium, 36 g carbs (0 g fiber, 33 g sugar), 25 g protein

This real-fruit-puree-, cane-sugar-, and stevia-sweetened strawberry shake from Odwalla contains about 300 calories and a ratio of carbs to protein that is ideal to refill your fuel tank and to build and repair muscle tissue after a long cardio workout. The protein source is both milk protein concentrate and isolated soy protein—both are organic. If you’re looking for flavors with more carbs, Odwalla’s vanilla and chocolate flavors each come with 46 grams and 53 grams, respectively, but note that these are almost entirely simple sugars—great for after a workout, but not so great if you’re just sipping on this flavor at your desk job.

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Orgain Vegan Nutritional Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz bottle: 220 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 160-185 mg sodium, 25 g carbs (2 g fiber, 9 g sugar), 16 g protein

We’re big advocates for using plant protein powders. Unlike whey powders, plant protein won’t lead to bloat are less likely to include nasty artificial sweeteners, and have been found to be just as effective in building muscle and strength, according to a Nutrition Journal study. Sweetened with stevia and monk fruit extract, this nutritional shake gets its protein power from a blend of brown rice, chia seeds, flax seeds, and hemp. This combo is ideal as single plant-based varieties aren’t complete proteins, which means you’d miss out on key muscle-strengthening amino acids. Along with protein, this box comes with an additional 21 vitamins and minerals as well as an organic fruit and veggie blend.

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FitPro GO!

Protein shakes

Per 14 fl oz bottle, vanilla: 200 calories, 2.5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 400 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (2 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 35 g protein

These hormone-free, milk-based drinks are lactose-free due to an ultrafiltration process, which removes most of this naturally occurring sugar (the sugar you see is from added cane sugar, and it’s also sweetened with stevia and monk fruit). FitPro is flavored with natural vanilla and cocoa, emulsified with gellan gum instead of carrageenan, and is an excellent source of 18 vitamins and minerals. This shake stands alone in providing the most protein with the fewest ingredients—all of which are approved by me!

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Coco Libre Protein Coconut Water

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz carton: 140 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (3 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 7 g erythritol), 15 g protein

Sweetened with a touch of erythritol and stevia, this is a new breed of protein shake; made primarily of electrolyte-rich coconut water, Coco Libre also supplies more protein than three eggs with the addition of organic, grass-fed milk protein concentrate—for a fraction of the morning prep time. The benefits of coconut water are that its electrolytes will help rehydrate you while the nutrients in milk proteins replenish glycogen stores and help muscles recover. After a particularly strenuous workout, pair it with a piece of fruit to boost healthy carbs available for your body’s recovery.

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Orgain Grass-fed Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz bottle: 140 calories, 2 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (3 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 20 g protein

For the whey protein crowd, this choice of grass-fed milk protein concentrate is prime. The cows are free of growth hormone rBST, steroids, antibiotics, and GMOs, it’s free of refined sugars (instead, sweetened with agave, monk fruit extract, and stevia), and it’s free of inflammatory carrageenan. With its low sugar count, this shake is perfect for busy professionals, moms on-the-go, or students who need something to get them through that 3-hour seminar.

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Café Au Lait Grass-Fed Protein Drink

Protein shakes

Per 11.5 fl oz bottle: 130 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 8 g carbs (4 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 20 g protein

Made with natural ingredients like grass-fed milk protein isolate, cocoa powder, sea salt, and real Colombian Coffee (yes, there are 180 mg of caffeine—about what’s in two 8-ounce cups of coffee—in this bottle!) this is one of the better bottles in the supplement store. It’s very rich in protein, and it’s perfect for muscle building and maintenance because it also contains calcium and vitamin B12.

I love this stuff! I prefer drinking this every day before a workout or if I need a pick me up.

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Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11 oz bottle: 190 calories, 3.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 160-210 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (1 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 16 g protein

When you’re drinking milk products, ultrafiltered milk products, or protein products with “milk protein concentrate (not necessarily isolate) you want to see words like grass-fed or pasture-raised, and organic. This means that the cows aren’t fed a conventional “Diet” of corn and soy products that for starters, can sicken cows enough to require the use of antibiotics, and two, cause high levels of unhealthy fat build-ups, like bad saturated fats and inflammatory omega-6s—which all get passed on to you. Sweetened with unrefined cane sugar and a touch of stevia, this Organic Balance is a great option after a workout, but maybe a little high on the sugar front for a meal replacement or snack.

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Stonyfield OP Organic Protein Vanilla Smoothie

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz bottle: 190 calories, 2 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (1 g fiber, 15 g sugar), 15 g protein

Exactly what I want to see in any product made with yogurt: “live active cultures!” Which means this shake is full of healthy-gut-promoting probiotics. Made with Orgain’s Organic Milk Protein Concentrate along with cultured low-fat milk, two natural prebiotics (pectin and inulin), and 9 vitamins and minerals, this shake is a great pick for your daily dose of protein. Although the milk and cane sugar (it’s also sweetened with erythritol) drive both the protein and sugar content, we can’t scoff at the 1:1 protein to sugar ratio when most companies struggle to get close to 1:2.

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The Worst On-The-Go Protein Shakes

Before I start today’s post about the worst on-the-go protein shakes…I want to take a moment and say hello to all of my new friends (followers). Thank You for stopping by. I hope you enjoy the content I put out? Here at Amanda Explains It I ALWAYS aim to bring you informative information about everything… Everything from Beginner Guides “Diet” , Exercise, Nutrition, Health, and food-related posts. I don’t like word “Diet” That word resembles short term goals and i aim to help people with long-term goals. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate you can find all of my links listed at the end of each post in the section “Where You Can Follow Me” . 

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What if I told you there was a magical fairy dust that’d help you lose weight and build muscle—and it tastes great, too? And what if I said you could buy it—by the tub? Would you? Sure you would. And you wouldn’t be alone. Protein powders have cast a spell on the “Diet” industry, and smart users know that the stuff works by blasting fat in three key ways: 1) Protein boosts satiety by filling you up and by helping to slow digestion of carbs, which stabilizes blood sugar levels; 2) your body burns more calories digesting protein compared to fat or carbs; and 3) protein helps maintain muscle mass tissue, which burns more calories at rest than body fat. The trouble is that many are made with inflammatory protein sources teeming with artificial additives, tablespoons of added sugar, and nasty chemicals. 

Like protein powders, many of the labels of these shakes read like the stock list of a chemistry lab and are made with obscure protein sources, artificial sweeteners, too much sugar, chemical additives, and trans fat.


Ensure Plus

Protein shakes

Per 8 fl oz bottle: 350 calories, 11 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (0 g fiber, 20 g sugar), 13 g protein

Don’t be fooled by Ensure’s claims that this is “complete, balanced nutrition.” With more sugar than protein, this shake won’t be of much help when it comes to weight loss. That’s not even mentioning the fact that the product is full of artificial flavors, conventional nonfat milk, inflammatory vegetable oils, and carrageenan.


SlimFast Originals

Protein shakes

Per 10 fl oz bottle: 180 calories, 6 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 210 mg sodium, 24 g carbs (5 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 10 g protein

On top of its poor protein showing—there’s almost double the amount of sugar than there is protein—SlimFast’s downfall is also their addition of mono and diglycerides as well as hydrogenated soybean oil, which all often are sources of the artery-clogging trans fats that are linked to cardiovascular disease. Plus, the drink contains milk protein concentrate from conventional cows, which contains as many risks as it does benefits, artificial flavors, carrageenan, and artificial sweeteners Sucralose and Acesulfame Potassium.


Odwalla Original Super Protein

Protein shakes

Per 15.2 fl oz bottle: 350 calories, 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 330 mg sodium, 62 g carbs (1 g fiber, 56 g sugar), 19 g protein

It does have a 3:1 ratio of carbs to protein, which experts recommend for post-workout recovery, but that doesn’t mean gobbling down 56 grams of sugar with only a gram of digestion-slowing fiber is good for you. The odds are stacked against your favor when it comes to minimizing hunger strikes.


Special K Protein Breakfast Shake

Protein shakes

Per 10 fl oz bottle: 180 calories, 5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 220 mg sodium, 28 g carbs (5 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 10 g protein

Special K isn’t all that great. That should’ve primed you for their line of breakfast shakes as well. They’re made with conventional nonfat milk, whey protein concentrate, and GMO soy protein concentrate as well as 18 grams of sugar along with sucralose and acesulfame potassium. Besides the artificial flavors and colors and trans fats, Kellogg’s also adds an ingredient called “polydextrose.” It’s allowed to count in those 5 grams of fiber, but this functional fiber is unlike natural dietary fiber. While it is fermented into anti-inflammatory compounds, a Nutrition Review study found that polydextrose cannot help slow the rate at which food is broken down and nutrients like glucose are absorbed, meaning it won’t help you feel full.


Boost High Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 8 fl oz bottle, vanilla: 240 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 200 mg sodium, 33 g carbs (0 g fiber, 23 g sugar), 15 g protein

Before milk protein concentrate is even listed, both sugar and corn syrup are the first ingredients behind water. This shake is also made with artificial flavors and inflammatory vegetable oils which have a high omega 6: omega 3 ratios and can cause weight gain over time.


Bolthouse Farms Protein PLUS

Protein shakes

Per 15.2 fl oz bottle, mango: 380 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 495 mg sodium, 63 g carbs (4 g fiber, 51 g sugar), 30 g protein

Per 15.2 fl oz bottle, chocolate: 400 calories, 5.5 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 265 mg sodium, 55 g carbs (6 g fiber, 49 g sugar), 30 g protein

They might be naturally sweetened, but that doesn’t justify gulping down 50 grams of sugar in a bottle. It’ll give you a solid dose of protein along with at least 9 vitamins and minerals, but you’ll most likely start to feel hungry soon after guzzling down the 400-calorie bottle—which isn’t great news if you’re on a calorie-restricted “Diet”


Pure Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz bottle: 110-120 calories, 0-0.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 230-240 mg sodium, 7-8 g carbs (5 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 23 g protein

It’s low fat and low carb, but Pure Protein is sweetened with artificial sugar, sucralose, artificially colored with carcinogen-containing caramel color, and artificially flavored with who knows what.


Odwalla Mango Protein Shake

Protein shakes

Per 15.2 fl oz bottle: 310 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 340 mg sodium, 54 g carbs (<1 g fiber, 47 g sugar), 19 g protein

It may be a mango protein shake, but mango puree isn’t even the first ingredient. That spot belongs to sugar-heavy apple and orange juice concentrates, one of the main reasons why this shake contains a whopping 47 grams of the sweet stuff. 


Glucerna Hunger Smart Shake

Protein shakes

Per 11.5 fl oz bottle: 180 calories, 8 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 300 mg sodium, 16 g carbs (5 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 15 g protein

I understand that diabetics would be drawn to this product, as it’s targeted to their audience—but that doesn’t mean Glucerna should be filling their customers up with fructose. This sugar molecule doesn’t spike blood glucose levels like glucose does, but experts speculate that it’s Americans’ increased intake of fructose—which our body turns into fat and inflammatory compounds more easily than it does with glucose—that is to blame for the equivalent increase in rates of metabolic disorders and obesity, not just “sugar.” 

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Muscle Milk Protein Smoothie

Protein shakes

Per 16 fl oz bottle: 260 calories, 4.5 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 135 mg sodium, 29 g carbs (1 g fiber, 21 g sugar), 25 g protein

Don’t be fooled by some peoples favorite word “smoothie.” Although protein powders and smoothies go together like Brad and Angelina, I’m only talking about the homemade versions which use real yogurt. Muscle Milk claims to use Greek yogurt, but they also note that the drink is heat-treated after culturing, which kills off any live cultures that may have had probiotic benefits.

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Naked Protein & Greens

Protein shakes

Per 15.2 fl oz bottle: 400 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 290 mg sodium, 61 g carbs (0 g fiber, 53 g sugar), 30 g protein

Just because experts recommend a carb to protein ratio of 2:1 for optimal muscle recovery doesn’t mean if a drink has a 2:1 ratio it’s good to drink. For example, this Protein & Greens by Naked, which satisfies the 2:1 ratio, but contains an astounding 53 grams of sugar in one bottle. They might not be added sugars, but all are from fruit juice concentrates, which means that most of the sugars are fructose—a sugar compound that can’t even be used by your body to replenish its glucose-based energy stores.


Premier Protein

Protein shakes

Per 11 fl oz bottle, vanilla: 160 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 270 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 30 g protein

Commonly used in over-processed breads, DATEM (DiAcetylTartaric acid Esters of Monoglycerides) is used as a shelf-stabilizing emulsifier in both dough and protein shake applications, as protein powder is notoriously difficult to mix with water. Unfortunately, this additive is often made from artery-clogging partially hydrogenated oils, which the FDA will ban from food products starting in June 2018. Premier Protein responded and said their DATEM is only made from fully-hydrogenated oil—but why use it in the first place when so many others don’t?


Nature’s Best Isopure Cocotein

Protein shakes

Per 16 fl oz bottle: 100 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 85 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 20 g protein

Although it boasts one of the shortest ingredients lists out of every protein drink on the market—only including water, Isopure’s whey protein isolate, coconut water concentrate, natural flavor, and phosphoric acid—I had to tick this drink off because of the addition of an artificial sweetener, sucralose. Although recent science indicates they’re not carcinogenic, as feared, artificial sweeteners have been shown to either increase or show no effect on your appetite (whereas the glucose in sugar can increase levels of the “I’m full” hormone, leptin) and can harm your gut health due to their indigestibility. 


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? I always aim to bring you informative information that you may have not thought was bad. When I do these types of post the best/worst of something I usually make these list so you won’t waste money on products that aren’t good for you. Normally I would say moderation with everything but when it comes to the bad list or I also call it the naughty list these are products that you should 100% stay away from because these type of products serve no real purpose and actually can do more harm than good.

If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to help answer any questions you may have. You can find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


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Vegan Cold Brew… Is It Worth It?

What You Need to Know About Starbucks’ New Vegan Cold Brew

Being vegan or opting for a dairy-free lifestyle is no longer a food trend—it’s a way of life. And that means you can walk into (almost) any coffee shop and order an almond milk latte without looking like you have 10 heads. Now, Starbucks wants to take your “vegan-friendly” cold brew and turn it into high-protein java with their new Protein Blended Cold Brew drinks. Think of them as the “healthier”, plant-based version of their Frappuccinos.

The latest additions to Starbucks cold beverages are the Almond Protein Blended Cold Brew and the Cacao Protein Blended Cold Brew—both of which are available in a Grande (16-ounce serving).

Instead of loading them up with syrups, these protein-blended cold brew drinks are sweetened with a proprietary banana date fruit blend, which features coconut sugar, banana puree, and apple and date juice. And for a boost of hunger-curbing protein, Starbucks adds in a plant-based powder with pea protein and brown rice. Here’s how the two drinks compare nutritionally:



Starbucks Almond Protein Blended Cold Brew

Starbucks almond protein blended cold brew

270 calories, 12 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 4 g fiber (22 g sugar), 12 g protein

When you’re craving a coffee ice cream but don’t want to put a complete a kibosh on your healthy eating efforts, consider this frosty almond beverage. Made with cold brew, almond milk, almond butter, it’ll fill you up fast and satisfy your sweet tooth. Since this drink is still high in sugar, we recommend splitting it with a friend or enjoying just half.


Starbucks Cacao Protein Blended Cold Brew

Starbucks cacao protein blended cold brew

250 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 170 mg sodium, 26 g carbs (5 g fiber, 26 g sugar), 10 g protein

Cheers, chocolate lovers! This ultra flavorful cocoa drink uses coconut milk instead of almond. It’s also infused with a cacao blend that includes chocolate liquor, high-fat cocoa powder, and coconut sugar. A little almond butter lends an indulgent quality and creamy texture. Slightly sweeter and more caloric than the almond drink, we also recommend having just half.


Final Thoughts

The beauty of these drinks is that you can always customize these drinks. You add or take away things to tailor it to your taste. Like always if you have any questions about today’s post, past posts or any questions, in general, please don’t hesitate in reaching out and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


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