We know that a protein-based shake is a great on-the-go way to fill up in the morning or after an intense workout sesh. But head to the protein powder section of your grocery store with a banana smoothie on your mind, and you’re bombarded with so many choices that you forget all about the bananas you’re going to add to tomorrow morning’s smoothie and instead find yourself singing Ms. Gwen Stefani’s ridiculously catchy song This sh*t is bananas. B-a-n-a-n-a-s!
So many options! So many flavors! How does one decide?! It’s like the Vogue closet up in here, except instead of couture gowns we’ve got protein powders…some of which are arguably couture-based in their prices! But before you go bananas, we’ve got you covered!
Whey-Based: Whey protein is a waste product of cheese production. But some smarty pants figured out it’s actually packed with an array of proteins. (But those with extreme sensitivity to dairy may also be sensitive to whey-based protein.) We love Primal Fuel in both of their yummy flavors: Chocolate Coconut and Vanilla Coconut Crème. At fewer than 6g of natural sugar (and no fructose) per serving, Primal Fuel fits perfectly into any low-carb eating style. And it’s packed with 20g of quality whey protein isolate, meaning both your taste buds and your tummy will feel totally satisfied.
Brown Rice-Based: Rice protein powder is a great option for those sensitive to dairy or following a vegetarian or vegan diet. We adore Perfect Fit Protein with 15g of the big P and only 70 calories per serving, making it a great protein-based snack or meal complement. It’s organic, gluten-free, raw, vegan, non-GMO, kosher, non-fat, low in sodium, and free of sugar, dairy, lactose, cholesterol, soy, corn, wheat, and allergens making it a perfect fit (pun intended!) for anyone’s dietary needs!
Egg White Protein: Egg white protein is another great protein source for your shakes because all of the amino acids are represented (woot!). We are big fans of Jay Robb’s chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry options which come with a whopping 24g of protein! Note for those sensitive to soy: Jay Robb uses soy lecithin.
Pea Protein: For those following a vegan diet, pea protein is another option that is gaining popularity. This newbie on the block is touted for its low potential for allergic responses and high satiety factor. Want a dynamic duo in the protein department? Look for a base of pea protein combined with rice protein to achieve a superior amino acid profile than either protein alone.
Casein based: While it is a complete protein with the full range of amino acids, those with dairy allergies should probably avoid it. For those whose tummies can handle dairy-based products, casein is a great post-workout option, since it aids in muscle recovery.
Hemp Protein: If you are looking for a high-quality vegan protein that is also high in fiber, a hemp protein-based shake might become your new BFF. Try Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein in your morning smoothie or juice!
See, no need to go bananas! Now all you have to do is pick up some bananas and throw them in the blender along with your new protein powder of choice!
xx, The FabFitFun Team
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