Trying to pick a protein powder can be overwhelming. While I believe you can definitely get enough protein from plants and animals, I love having a protein powder on hand to add to my morning smoothies, oatmeal and sweet creations. It helps to balance my hormones, build my muscles, make me feel strong and emotionally stable.
But where to begin in choosing one? I've tried a huge variety, so I've lined up a side by side comparison of some of my favourites:
- Protein: 21.07g (per 25g)
- Ingredients: Pea protein isolate, natural vanilla, natural fruit protein.
- Flavours: Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry, Creamy Cappucino
- Pros: Clean Lean Protein is protein in its purest form - all natural and free from all common allergens. It's 100% vegetable, yet has all the potency (and them some) of other proteins. Has all 9 essential amino acids and more.
- Cons: Need to order online.
- Cost: $44.95 for a 500g tub (20 servings) *trial and small packets also available
- Taste: One of the best tasting plant protein powders I've tried
- Calories: 95 calories (25g serving)
*stats from Vanilla flavour
- Protein: 22g per scoop (28g)
- Ingredients: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Micellar Casein), Natural Flavors. Contains less than 2% of the following: Cellulose Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Steviol Glycosides (Stevia), Salt, Carrageenan, Sucralose.
- Flavours: Chocolate, Peanut butter, Strawberries and Cream, Vanilla, Multi-Purpose Mix
- Pros: High protein, very low carb and sugar, tastes like dessert! Great for baking or mixing into basically anything.
- Cons: Not available in Canada yet, slightly artificial tasting.
- Cost: $39.99 for a 2lb canister online
- Taste: Amazing (even if a little artificial)
- Calories: 100 per scoop (28g)
*stats from Vanilla flavour
- Protein: 15g (per 21g scoop)
- Ingredients: Raw Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein, Rice Oligodextrin, Vanilla Extract, Stevia, Xanthan Gum, Ancient Sea Salt, Pectin.
- Flavours: Natural, Vanilla, Chocolate
- Pros: 100% plant-based, alkaline-forming, and provides a complete, balanced array of essential amino acids. Sunwarrior uses an old-world, low temperature, enzymatic process that includes the whole grain of brown rice, including the germ, endosperm, and bran.
- Cons: Not everyone enjoys the taste, lower protein and higher carb than other powders (new warrior blend has higher protein and lower carbs).
- Cost: $29.97 for a 500g tub (online - US)
- Taste: A little earthy, not everyone is a fan
- Calories: 80 per scoop (21g)
*Stats based on classic vanilla flavour
- Protein: 20g per scoop
- Flavours: French Vanilla, Vanilla Chai, Chocolate, Natural, Berry
- Pros: Made from real, whole food ingredients and packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and probiotics.
- Cons: Earthy tasting, higher calories and carbohydrates relative to other protein powders.
- Cost: $39.99 for a small tub, 69.99 for a large tub (Online in Canada)
- Taste: A little earthy, but not bad, good in smoothies!
- Calories: 160 per scoop (46g)
*Stats based on French vanilla flavour
- Protein: 15g per scoop (22g)
- Flavours: Bodacious Berry, Choc-a-lot, Oh Natural, Tropical Tango and Viva Vanilla flavors
- Pros: Lower calorie, blends well into smoothies. Two servings of veggies, including Vega's signature greens blend.
- Cons: Lower protein, not cheap, and only available in smaller sizes.
- Cost: 19.99 for a 264g pouch
- Taste: Most are fine, but the chocolate is really good!
- Calories: 90 per scoop (22g)
*Stats based on vanilla flavour
- Protein: 16g per scoop (35g)
- Flavours: Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Greenberry and Chocolate Vegan
- Pros: Antioxidants and Phytonutrients – to help detoxify and protect the body against free radical damage. Adaptogen Herbs – to help increase energy and combat stress. Prebiotics, Probiotics, Fiber, and Digestive Enzymes – to aid digestion and promote regularity. More than 70 super-nutritious ingredients. Proteins, Vitamins, and Minerals – to help reduce hunger and food cravings.
- Cons: The cost and ordering system is a huge setback. It's also higher in carbs and sugar than some.
- Cost: $142.95
- Taste: Good - the whey based ones are much more delicious than the vegan one.
- Calories: 130 per scoop (35g)
My final thoughts: Choosing the right protein powder for you totally depends on your goals, current diet, and budget. I like all of the protein powders listed above and vary them depending on what I'm looking for. I'm currently digging Quest protein powder because it fits my budget, tastes delicious, and I'm getting enough vitamins and minerals from my diet and multivitamin, but I'll likely switch it up again soon!
Did I miss one of your favourites? What do you like to use at home?
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