Protein Powder Hoopla

I have tried just about every protein powder on the market.  I have tried everything from vegan, dairy free, and gluten-free powders to one that I conveniently and ignorantly picked up at Wal-Mart in High School (Yikes)

The fact of the matter is, protein supplements can be confusing.  They can ooooo and ahhhhh us with their tactful packaging and make bold claims like “fat burner” and promise us bigger muscles and higher energy.

Protein Powders DO Provide:

Immediate fast digesting protein (if they are an isolate)

Quick energy (calories)

Muscle recovery agents (glutamine)

Below I have listed out 10 different protein powders. I have reviewed them based on the following:

  • Mixability: great, ok, poor
  • Ingredients: organic, gluten free, vegan, dairy free, sugars
  • Protein: grams
  • Taste: great, ok, poor
  • Cost:  $, $$, $$$

Vega One (chocolate)

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  • Mixability: ok
  • Ingredients: vegan
  • Protein: 15 grams per serving
  • Taste: great
  • Cost:  $$$

Vega Energizing Smoothie (choc-a-lot)

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  • Mixability: great
  • Ingredients: vegan
  • Protein:11g
  • Taste: great
  • Cost:  $$

 Amplified Wheybolic Extreme 60 (vanilla)

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  • Mixability: Great
  • Ingredients: contains sucralose
  • Protein:20 grams per serving
  • Taste: great
  • Cost:  $$

Bluebonnet Whey Protein (strawberry)

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  • Mixability: great
  • Ingredients: sweetened with stevia, gluten free, natural flavor
  • Protein: 26 grams per serving, 100% whey protein isolate
  • Taste: great
  • Cost:  $$

Body Fortress Whey Protein (vanilla)

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  • Mixability: poor
  • Ingredients: artificial flavors and colors
  • Protein:  26 grams per serving whey protein blend (whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate)
  • Taste: great
  • Cost:  $

Lean1 (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies & cream)

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  • Mixability: great
  • Ingredients: dairy free, 8g sugar per serving
  • Protein:20 grams per serving
  • Taste: great
  • Cost:  $$

Raw Protein (vanilla)

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  • Mixability: ok
  • Ingredients: organic, raw, vegan
  • Protein: 17 grams per serving, from organic sprouted rice protein, quinoa
  • Taste: ok
  • Cost:  $$$

100% Gold Standard Whey Protein (GNC) (double chocolate)

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  • Mixability: ok
  • Ingredients: protein blend (whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, whey peptides) contains dairy
  • Protein:24 grams per serving
  • Taste: great
  • Cost:  $$

Jay Robb Egg White Protein (vanilla)

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  • Mixability: poor
  • Ingredients: sweetened with Stevia
  • Protein: 25 grams per serving
  • Taste: poor
  • Cost:  $$

Trader Darwin’s Whey Protein Powder (vanilla)

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  • Mixability: poor
  • Ingredients: whey protein blend (whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate)
  • Protein:17 grams per serving
  • Taste: great
  • Cost:  $

What protein powders have you tried? What is your favorite? Vega One and Vega Energizing Smoothie in Choc-a-lot get my vote!

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3 thoughts on “Protein Powder Hoopla

  1. My favorite protein: Vega Sport chocolate (far better than the regular Vega I think) 🙂 We also use Ultragen for recovery after long or taxing training workouts. It’s orange creamsicle flavored, but is surprisingly good!

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