I often get asked what protein powder I recommend. It’s a great question, so here are a few guidelines:
- Read the label. Looks for additives like sugar, color or filler. I prefer a protein powder that is more basic and unsweetened. You can always add your own small amount of sweetener to your smoothie, but if it is in the mix, you can’t get it out. I usually recommend sweetening with just fruit or a date.
- I usually avoid soy in my protein powder, particularly soy protein isolate. This form of soy is highly processed. Soy is also an additive in a lot of foods, so I try to limit my soy consumption to miso, tempeh and sometimes tofu.
- Whey: Whey is actually one the best sources of protein. However it is a dairy product, so if you have any dairy sensitivity, then it should be avoided.
- Hemp protein, pea protein or brown rice protein: I like the hemp because it is the least processed–usually just ground hemp seeds. The taste is fairly neutral, maybe a little nutty, and it can be a little gritty. Brown rice and pea protein are often good choices as well. When possible, look for organic.
- Additions of green juice powders, probiotics or enzymes can be great if you want that in your powder as well. Sometimes I do. Just be sure to read the label carefully to look for hidden ingredients you may not want to be eating.
- Lastly, you have to experiment to see what you like. I’ve tried dozens of protein powders—some I liked, some I didn’t. It’s probably also not a bad idea to switch up protein powders from time to time. Our bodies like variety!!
Here’s a basic smoothie recipe to get you started:
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 coconut water
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 serving of protein powder
1-2 T. of chia or flaxseeds