When it comes to protein powder, there are so many (too many?) options out there that it can get a little confusing and overwhelming to choose the right one between all these fat burners, WPIs, soy proteins and everything in between. But once you know how to select the right protein for your body, protein shakes and smoothies can often come in handy, especially when you train a lot or if you’re time poor but need some energy in between training sessions or before/after a workout.
For me, the most important thing when it comes to protein powder is to keep my body nourished and satisfied without gaining weight or consuming artificial flavours, sweeteners and other chemicals and synthetic nutrients that are not easily absorbed by the body.
My favourite Protein Powder Brands
Amazonia’s protein powder tastes good! I am in love with their vanilla flavour and the fact that it is dairy-free. There’s no whey included, which means it is the perfect alternative for people with lactose intolerance who still want a high-protein supplement. Amazonia Raw protein isolate is made from organic pea protein and whole brown rice (raw digestible protein with live enzymes) and contains a lot of amino acids.
Being diagnosed with diabetes when she was only 10 years old, the founder of WheyDirect has always had an interest in eating and living healthy. Her frustration by the lack of quality products and sugar-free protein supplements in the market made her become a manufacturer of quality products for fitness and well-being in the Australian market herself. If you are after a GMO- and gluten-free protein blend, try the WPI with Peruvian Raw Cacao Powder, which is made of 100% grass fed New Zealand ultra-filtered whey protein isolate, Peruvian cacao and stevia extract.
Great flavours without hidden toxic sugars and chemicals – I simply LOVE the products from True Protein. They mix easily, taste great and are made of healthy ingredients. For the ladies out there who want get lean – try PRO DEFINE, which is True Protein’s high in protein low in carbs weight loss protein powder. It only contains 3.7 grams of carbohydrates and 1.2 grams of fat per serve. I love the coconut flavour, it has a slight nutty flavour, but not unpleasant at all. I recently also tried Banana & Honey, another great flavour. Talking about flavours – I often struggle to make up my mind about a favourite, so for me the trial pack they offer is GOLD!
My top tips to help you choose a natural and healthy protein powder:
- Go Raw! Avoid taking in proteins that are heat-treated and go with protein powders that are made of ingredients that don’t require heat for processing, which results in a higher retention of nutrients within the food, as mother nature intended. Choosing a vegetable-based protein (ideally sprouted and bio-fermented) will provide you with a maximum bioavailability of nutrients.
- Go natural! Which doesn’t mean you have to go without any taste at all, there are lots of healthy options if you are after some natural flavourings such as coconut, macha tea, turmeric and cacao. Opt for a protein powder that is made from powdered whey or casein or pea, hemp or rice, maybe even go gluten free as gluten can elevate inflammation and cause a range of health problems including hormonal imbalance, fatigue, and headaches.