Protein is the number one macronutrient needed in a healthy nutrition plan, the most filling in terms of satiety, and yet is usually under-consumed by many. One great source that can help people get their daily protein comes in the form of powders. These can be used for a variety of recipes and can be added into foods and drinks to quickly add more protein into a meal.
Popular forms of Protein Supplements are:
- Whey Protein
- Milk Protein
- Casein Protein
- Beef Protein
- Soy protein
- Hemp Protein
- Rice Protein
- Pea Protein
As you can see there are a ton of choices depending on someone’s taste, allergies, or choices of living (vegan, Vegetarian).
How do you choose which one is best for you? One of the most important factors is taste. If you don’t enjoy the taste, then it’ll become a chore to consume. Flavors of protein powder range from non-flavored or fruity to dessert-like options. I recommend trying a variety of flavors, depending on what you’re using them for, and find the one’s you enjoy. Non-flavored powders could be used in cooking or baking to not alter the flavor, whereas fruity or dessert-like powders are great for smoothies and shakes.
My go-to recipe is to take a scoop of vanilla or chocolate flavored protein and mix with your morning coffee… Now you have a vanilla or mocha coffee that is helping you get more protein in and will help keep you fuller longer.
Quality of protein or brand of protein is another factor to pay attention to. There are some companies that mislead people with the actual amount of protein per serving. They spike the powder with amino acids that technically are a protein, but not the kind of protein you are spending your money for.
Look for these common ingredients and stay clear of that brand:
These ingredients can be helpful but shouldn’t be in a protein powder.
I use protein powders daily to help hit my daily protein needs and know that they can help you as well!
– Torrey Penn, FL2 Master