Which Protein Powder is Best For You?

Which Protein Powder is Best For You?

Protein powders shouldn't be an everyday addition to your NutriBlast - many of them contain a crazy number of preservatives, chemicals and other unnatural ingredients that do nothing for your body. However, when in need of a convenient protein boost, there are a variety of powders from which to choose.

My top choice is always a high quality, plant-based protein powder, which is easier to digest and assimilates more easily in the body.

The best plant-based protein I've encountered is the NutriBullet Organic Pea Protein Blend, which tastes great and serves as the perfect all natural protein source. Derived from sustainably sourced peas, sacha inchi, quinoa, hemp seeds, and pumpkin seeds, this 100 percent organic plant-based protein blend contains 11 grams of protein and only 50 calories per serving.

Though plant-based is recommended, (because it's easier to digest and assimilate more easily in the body,) for a post-workout Blast, some research shows that grass-fed, organic whey protein powder is ideal for muscle protein synthesis due to its rapid absorption and amino acid profile. Be careful, though, as whey is a byproduct of dairy, which could be difficult to digest or possibly spark an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to these proteins.

A protein powder should be minimally processed without added chemicals and/or refined sugars, provide a good balance of protein, taste good, and lend a smooth texture.

  • Hemp - Provides a great balance of amino acids and undergoes lower levels of processing than other proteins to become a powder. Some say it's the easiest to digest, however, the taste may be difficult to get used to and the fiber lends a grittier mouth feel.
  • Pea - Usually mixed with rice protein for a complete amino acid profile, pea protein is on the less expensive price point, but may leave a distinct aftertaste.
  • Brown rice - Rice is first sprouted to boost protein levels. It's then processed into a fine powder that is usually easier to dissolve into a liquid. It's usually mixed with a pea protein to provide a complete amino acid profile. Hypoallergenic.
  • Soy - With about 93% of the US soy crops being genetically modified, it's important to choose an organic soy protein. In addition, soy is highly processed to become a powder and has been shown to cause gas or indigestion for some folks. Research is still out on the benefits/risks associated with soy protein found in concentrated or isolated forms.
  • Whey - This milk byproduct has been shown to assimilate into the muscle very quickly post-workout and contains high amounts of leucine, an amino acid particularly important for muscle growth and repair. However, those looking to avoid animal-based protein, those who are sensitive to dairy, or those who are lactose-intolerant should choose another option.
  • Blends - Some companies blend a few different proteins together along with other super foods, digestive enzymes and probiotics for a more unique product. Additional sources of protein you may see included are quinoa, amaranth, artichoke, Brazil nut, sacha inchi, alfalfa, or cranberry seed protein powders.

A sampling of brands available online or at a local health food store:

See how some of them stack up.

How does your favorite compare?

*Prices were determined using the manufacturer’s website or an average of online sources on the date of publication of this article.

Registered Dietitian

Comment by marywynn
March 06, 2016
What can I use in placement of banana...alergic!
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on May 14, 2016
You can either omit the banana or you can replace with frozen mango to make it sweet or if you just like the creaminess, you can use avocado.
Comment by terrilangey
November 16, 2015
I have been using Garden Of Life Raw for about a year.I then switched over to Garden Of Life Raw Fit about 9 months ago.I really like this powder fills me up and is great pre and post work out.I also get energy from this product.I cant have wheat products so I am very limited.I have just ordered the nutri bullet super protien energy.I hope this works as well...less calories.I also hope its gluten free
Comment by azivicky
August 31, 2015
Arbonne has a great pea, rice, cranberry protein that is gluten free, dairy free, soy free, whey free and certified vegan that tastes and blends great!
Comment by BenMenton
August 08, 2015
I agree, hemp and protein powder don't taste that good. But I guess you can ignore the taste in exchange for the benefits.
What about the Amazing Grass powder line? They denied sugar inputs, but I do question the products because the ingredients are not clear on the packaging.
Comment by Ofmyi
July 08, 2015
I've been using Warrior Blend for about a year mixed with C2O coconut water and ice. warrior Blend is plant based and is the best tasting, low calorie protein drink I've ever tried....another words, I'm hooked. It also satisfies that "afternoon " chocolate craving.
Comment by Lmjar2
May 13, 2015
I'm in my 30's use vanilla flavor whey protein Abbott and peanut butter powder form. Weight loss & being health not feeling heavy.
Comment by Lmjar2
May 13, 2015
I'm in my 30's use vanilla flavor whey protein Abbott and peanut butter powder form. Weight loss & being health not feeling heavy.
Thank you for your info on protein powders. This is all new to me. My "regular diet" is usually veggies and protein. The protein sustains me thru my day. You say that protein powder shouldn't be used everyday. How come?
Comment by crespinp
January 08, 2015
Have you used "Garden of Life RAW Fit Organic Protein " your thoughts? I use it but, would like to see if there is anything else, similar or better?
Comment by eleazar46
December 25, 2014
Hi We are in are late 60's. Which protein powder do you recommend for an average daily life style
Comment by JavaManOne
September 07, 2014
I recommend GNC Soy Isolate powder. It's very complete, well tested and supplies all the correct and recommended amino acids in balance.
Comment by ahoier
August 22, 2014
Interesting. I've never even heard of these brands :) I typically bound around personally, I figure it can't hurt to change it up, I've used Six Star protein, Body Fortress, Muscle Milk, TotalSoy (stated to be Non-GMO.....), and PureProtein.....I honestly got the same effect out of all of them.....lol, they kept me full ;)
Comment by RF
June 25, 2014
When buying protein powders don't forget to look up the ingredient list for heavy metals such as Tungsten, Lead & Cadmium which some of them have. Also beware of rice protein which tend to have arsenic.
Comment by mdanley
June 04, 2014
You should add Solle Naturals Complete protein powder to your list. Solle's products are first class.
Comment by jnsimon
February 18, 2013
I have been using a 100% Whey Protein Isolate Powder by adding it to juice. I decided to try it in a NutriBlast with bad results. It increased the volume of the drink and leaked out of the nutribullet creating quite the mess. I am guessing that the way to properly add the protein powder is by stirring it in after the Nutriblast is already made. Any others have experience with this?
yes, I have had it happen several times. I finally took the rubber gasket out of the lid and cleaned in there really well. I no longer go over the suggested line and I haven't had a problem since!šŸ˜ƒ
Reply by mdanley
June 04, 2014
Yes, but I have discovered that while it is blasting that it tends to loosen the top while spinning. So I stop it and check the lid and tighten it again if needed before finishing the blast.
Reply by rdanawil
April 17, 2014
I have been blasting for almost 2 yrs. On occasion, I have added whey protein powder to my blasts although I typically use a measure of whey protein with a separate water and juice mix after workouts. In the blasts, the tendency for the protein powder to expand the volume of the mix can damage the blade structure of the extractor so that some accommodation has to be made. In short, I suggest you continue blasting, but save your protein powder bump for a separate mixture.
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on June 17, 2013
I add mine in just like a "boost" before Blasting! Maybe you filled it too high above the max line or didn't twist on the lid enough? Powders do thicken it up so maybe just cut back on some of the other ingredients.
Comment by Loide2013
February 11, 2013
I ordered the SunWarrior Natural (no flavor) online and should get it this week :)
I like the Bio Trust that you buy on line. It tastes pretty good and so far seems to mix well with everything I put into it. How does it match up against the other ones you mentioned?? anyone else use it? Is it as pure as it is claimed to be? karenfay
NutriLiving Krista Haynes on February 13, 2013
I am not familiar with that brand karen. Take a look at the ingredient list. What does it contain?
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