Now don’t get me wrong, protein powders can be a great addition to regular exercisers diets but how do you choose the healthiest brand? Here’s the lowdown on some of the best brands available and what you should look for when making your purchase.
Brands I like:
1. Bare Blends: check out their fantastic vegan protein too!
2. Protein Supplies Australia: a great post workout protein
3. The Healthy Chef: use in protein balls for healthy snacks during week
4. 180 Nutrition: the perfect addition to your morning smoothie
Grass-fed whey protein: Consuming grass-fed whey protein is extremely important as the quality of the food provided to the cows is essential as it directly effects the product you consume. Please avoid grain-fed as this promotes a high omega-6, and therefore inflammatory environment.
Free of bulking agents, preservatives or artificial sweeteners. A protein powder with minimal ingredients is key for maximum nutrient density, and to allow this addition to your nutrition to be as close to nature as possible. If your protein powder contain numbers, more ingredients than you can count on your fingers or words you can’t pronounce, please make the swap to one of our recommend brands above.
Vegan options: all of the brands offer pea or plant based protein powders that are suitable for vegans and those limiting their dairy intake.
If not shakes, then what?
Try these high protein snacks to keep you well fuelled during the day and supporting your training and recovery goals.
1. A boiled egg or two topped with sea salt and pepper
2. Hummus (1/4 cup) with chopped carrots and celery sticks
3. Greek yoghurt with 1/2 cup fresh blueberries