Supplementing with Protein
Without a doubt the one natural supplement which has helped me and my clients the most has been protein powder. The market has agreed with this as it has become a multi-billion dollar industry where health food companies have developed thousands of different brands which each cater differently based on your goals.
Regardless of your sex you should really use protein powder to your advantage because it packs the most bang for your buck particularly for those of you who have had hard times fighting cravings, building lean muscle, and of course even wanting to lose fat weight.
Let’s take a quick look at the best protein powders and categorize them on their best qualities…
Best Protein Powder for Taste
If you’ve tried protein powders in the past which have been chalky and taste like crap then most likely you’ve bought a brand which hasn’t measured up to the best sellers out there. For taste I can’t say I’ve come across a protein powder that has tasted as good as the milk chocolate flavour of Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion.
Mix a scoop with some ice, a little bit of non-fat milk and a table-spoon of natural organic peanut butter and you have a power-house of nutrients feeding your entire body and especially your muscles. With 25 grams of protein and only 150 calories not much will come close to a quick snack that will fight off any food craving you are having.
Best Protein Powder for Lactose Intolerant People
If you are very sensitive to milk products which have lactose and have been too afraid to try whey protein powder then you’re in luck! Optimum has created a powerful blend of whey protein which not only is lactose free but also cholesterol and sugar free as well – Platinum Hydrobuilder.
Simple flavours like Velocity Vanilla, Supercharged Strawberry & Turbo Chocolate make this a great blender protein that is best taken immediately after your workouts because it’s ability to be digested quickly by your muscles.
Best Protein Powder for Vegans
I’ll be completely honest, even though I have heard many great things about vegetarian sources of protein, none of them has ever tasted as good as whey protein to my knowledge. Rice and hemp proteins are the highest grade of vegetarian protein powders which are trusted by coaches and athletes since soy products have had a lot of controversy with regards to messing around with hormone levels.
Unfortunately rice and hemp proteins usually have a chalky texture but the best tasting and highest quality grade that I have come across is Garden of Life Organic Plant Based Protein which is causing a revolution in plant-based proteins.
With over 26 grams of protein and 5 grams of glutamine per serving this is quite an incredible vegan brand that is getting a ton of recent attention in the natural weight loss and bodybuilding world.
Best Protein Powder for Curbing Appetite
If you are looking for a protein powder that will help curb your appetite and be focused on helping you stack on muscle then you may look at weight gainers. With that said most weight gainers have a lot of extra sugar and fats and almost act like a complete meal replacement so it’s best to look for a weight gainer that has natural ingredients.
Luckily I came across a protein powder that actually has smart carbs in it, oats! Oats are great because they have fiber and are slow digesting which means you won’t get a huge blood sugar spike, Optimum 100% Natural Oats & Whey.
With 24 grams of protein and 23 grams of carbs per serving and 200 calories this is actually quite a healthy alternative.
Best Protein Powder for Night Time
Most whey protein powders found in the market are isolates, but there is another form of protein called casein. Isolates are great because they are digested very quickly and are great after your workouts when your body is looking for amino acids the most. However, casein protein is a much more slowly digested form which is great for feeding your muscles between meals or at night time when your body is fasting.
Optimum Nutrition has created a natural casien protein powder which has no artificial flavors, sweetners or additives – Optimum 100% Natural Casein.
Best Protein Powders
I hope you enjoyed this list of best protein powders in the market today. Remember to mix it up and have fun blending in different fruits, veggies and natural peanut or almond butter so you don’t get bored of the taste. I like to have a vegan protein powder in the morning because of the fiber blast, Optimum Platinum Hydrowhey as a snack or right after my workouts, and the casein protein about an hour before going to bed at night so I get the best of all worlds.
If you have any questions, comments or feedback about this list please leave me a comment below…