There are a ton of great proteins available.
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 Protein
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 is huge when it comes to a supplement that you drink often!
Gritty, bad aftertaste…not good.
Smooth, pleasant, 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…
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!!
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