Protein shakes, smoothies, and drinks have become quite popular and there is good reason. When used correctly, protein shakes/smoothies can be a very effective tool to manage or lose weight, make a great small balanced snack or meal on the go, and can supplement nutrition as well as help to build muscle and curb cravings. However, the key to ensuring you get all these benefits out of your protein shakes or smoothies is choosing the right protein powder!
Easy right?! WRONG! It can be pretty overwhelming and downright frustrating choosing a protein powder with all the different choices and ingredients out there today. To help you narrow down your choices, this week's What's That?! Wednesday post discusses the top 6 things to look for when choosing a protein powder, plus we share our favorite brands, and give you a few recipes to please your palette, boost your nutrition, and curb your cravings!
Top 6 Things to Look For When Choosing a Protein Powder:
Some of the brands that we use or know meet this criteria are:
All of these brands can be found at more natural food stores as well as online from places like Amazon. I often find better deals online, especially if you are willing to do regular, pre-scheduled shipments - many online retail sites will give you a small discount for doing so. Like anything, it comes down to your taste, so you may have to try a few before you find the right one. Keep in mind you can always try the single serving packs as your test before buying a huge tub.
Check out some of our favorite smoothie and shake recipes here:
Perfect Green Smoothie
Pumpkin Green Smoothie
"Kick Your Carvings" Chocolate Shake
~In good health,
BIllie & Jennifer
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
I practice functional nutrition, an approach that allows me to look at your entire health history and help you find the "root causes" of your chronic health complaints.
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