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Let’s Talk Workout Supplements…Best Protein Powders Out There!!

There are a ton of great proteins available.Food Sources of Protein

And if you ask 10 different people what the BEST source of protein is, you’ll likely get 10 different answers.

But before we talk about the BEST protein sources, why does it even matter?

Well…because in order to get the necessary macronutrient balance to build muscle it is next to impossible to consume the 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight through food alone. A protein supplement has to be incorporated.

It used to be believed that protein workout supplements worked best when taken after your workout. But now thinking has changed to as long as a person is getting the recommended amount of protein, it can be consumed at any time throughout the day.

So what makes some protein powder workout supplements better than others…?

Being a consumer of protein powders for some time now…there are a few factors I take into account with my choices of protein supplements.

Cost per Serving

Let’s face it…working out can get pretty expensive.

Not only are you most likely paying for some kind of membership somewhere…for your “motivation”.

You also have your cool shoes, and your many different workout outfits…because you can’t be seen wearing the same one in the same rotation…right?!!

On top of all that…workout supplements can get out of control too!

So, I like to shop around and price compare before I buy…each and every time. Often times somebody has one of my favorites on sale, so I grab it while its hot!

As long as it’s something that isn’t perishable…it won’t hurt to stock up on it, right?!!

Grams of Protein/Macronutrients per Serving

This is where you really need to be careful and pay close attention to the nutritional facts.

You want high protein, low carbs, low fat and low calories.

The whole point of the protein supplement is to get enough protein in you to build muscle, while burning fat and calories during your workouts and recovery.

So, as long as you are supplementing a clean, well-balanced diet, with a good protein powder and a workout plan you will be on your way to seeing results in no time!

Quality of ProteinProtein Powder For Building Muscles

Whey protein is by far the best protein available.

Ideally you want to buy a protein powder that includes whey protein isolate, as well as whey protein concentrate and whey peptides…all 3 ingredients that give you the best results.

With good quality protein you won’t get the lumps that won’t mix in your shaker bottle, that get stuck in the bottom and are wasted…how frustrating is that?!!!

Depending on what quality of protein you end up buying, that effects the value for your money either way…

Good quality protein does not necessarily mean the most expensive protein out there by any means.

Do not be fooled!!

There are brands that have been around forever because they are truly great products…and they don’t need to charge an arm and a leg, i.e. ON Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder

Taste/Flavors Available

Taste is huge when it comes to a supplement that you drink often!

Gritty, bad aftertaste…not good.

Smooth, pleasant,Taste/Flavors of Protein Powders almost a sweet treat taste is awesome.

Maybe it’s because of the clean eating, and somewhat disciplined lifestyle you are living…it almost feels like you’re getting a little dietary “cheat” in…but you’re not 😉

It’s quite the opposite!

Most protein powder supplements only come in chocolate and vanilla. Some offer a couple more choices, like cookies and cream or peanut butter. While a handful offer several different flavors, i.e. Quest Nutrition Protein Powder.

There are some really fun ones!! Just be mindful of the macros in some of the different flavors…

Conclusion

Needless to say, protein powder as a workout supplement is priceless.

It is definitely the one supplement I would have to say is a MUST have!!

It is my absolute favorite, as well as my go to whenever I’m in a pinch to get something in my belly when I don’t have time to cook a PROTEIN meal…or when I just don’t feel like eating food.

It’s also so versatile! I like mine mixed in water with a little ice.

Some people mix it with milk.

Add a scoop to your smoothie…yummy!!

Mix it in your pancake mix, your waffle mix… Sprinkle some over your ice cream 🙂

Protein powder…no home should be without it!!

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below and I’ll get back to you:)

Thanks for stopping by!

Chris

Chris

8 Comments

  1. I drink a protein shake on occasion, well usually when I am in a pinch for time when I run out the door. 

    I have tried numerous kinds and some I feel are just so gritty and leave a dry taste in my mouth when I just mix them with water. So my choice for the most part is to mix them with almond milk and some fruit or even add some spinach.

    I have never thought to add some powder to pancake mix or even to bake with it so that might be something that I will try to get more protein into my diet. 

    Can you suggest a brand or type that is not gritty?

    • Hi Monika.  My all time favorite whey protein powder is Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder.  It’s been around forever, it’s not the most expensive, but it is by far my favorite 🙂

  2. I’m not too much informed about protein supplements for workout.

    So far I tried to eat protein with food because the one supplement I tried before gave me some trouble with digestion. I’m glad to have found your website now and can learn a lot of details to take in consideration.

    You don’t recommend any specific products here so far, so I’ll be following this site in future.

    The tip with trying hot products, these having a discount at the moment is a good tip 🙂

  3.  I was always under the impression that protein powders were taken mainly by people who want to build up their muscles, like body builders.

    Is it a good idea to take protein powders if you mainly do things like yoga and pilates and the twice a week aerobic session? Will protein powders still benefit people like this, or do you have to be on a serious strengthening regime?

    Also there are a lot of rumors going around that protein powders bulk you up or make you put on weight – I could imagine drinking them with milk could do just that?

    • Hi Michel. If you are working out and burning calories…so burning more calories in a day than you are taking in, then you should not have to worry about gaining weight from protein powder.  Just like anything else, we have to be mindful of what we are putting in our bodies and what we need to do to keep it burning.  

  4. Dear Chris,

    Thanks for the informative and helpful post on Best Protein Powders.

    I am shocked and realized the importance of taking protein powder when you mentioned… It is next to impossible to consume the 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight through food alone.

    Thanks for guiding and helping us in finding the right protein powder and discussing the things we need to be careful. Its very helpful.

    To be honest… In our family we never used any protein powder or aware of its importance, after reading your post I do agree with you Protein powder is a must. 

    Wishing you great success!

    Paul

  5. Chris, Hi! You wrote a convincing topic of protein powder. People will ask: Protein powder: good or bad? Immediately I will answer: protein is not harmful. Because protein and baby food are produced using the same technology from milk. Serum is isolated from milk.

    Whey Protein. The most popular and effective product. It is quickly absorbed and saturates your muscles after a hard workout with the necessary amount of protein.Another protein that is also released from milk is called casein. He is in cottage cheese. Cottage cheese is casein protein. 

    We take it at bedtime so that our muscles have something to eat while sleeping.I would advise to follow the rule: we do not replace the main meal with a protein shake, we take it only after a workout or, in the case of casein, before going to bed.Thank you for the clear caring article. Mark

  6. Very informative. Coming across on your website is perfect timing for me. It is like “pre-educating” me about protein and stuff that I’ll be needing once I start my diet. I have never dieted before, so I have zero idea! That’s why I hired a personal trainer to guide me– which makes me wonder…. if I made the right decision. If I could get information like this on the net, then why hire?

    Anyway, your article is really helpful, but what I like the most is when you said that the protein powder can be mixed with anything! I thought it was just for drinks. 

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