I prefer getting my nutrition from whole, natural foods, but since I’m a pescetarian (I eat seafood, but otherwise follow a vegetarian diet), I’m always looking for easy ways to add protein to my diet. Of course, I go with all the standards—beans, eggs, nuts—but sometimes, an active girl like me needs a little help to get all the protein she needs for the day. And what better way than protein powder?
1. Vega’s Whole Food Smoothie Infusion. FBG Jenn checked this one out a few years ago, and not only did she and her husband love it, but it turns out loads of our readers are fans. Vegan and free of all the common allergens, it provides 14 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and 120 calories. No wonder it’s a hit!
2. Jay Robb Whey Protein. Our readers definitely weren’t shy about their love for Jay Robb, and we see why—it packs 25 grams of protein and offers fun flavors like Piña Colada and Tropical Dreamsicle. Plus, it’s only 110 calories, making it a bit lower than many other options.
3. Harvest Hemp Pro 70. This is the protein powder currently sitting in my fridge, and although I was a little skeptical due to the smell, which is a little…earthy, I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty it was mixed into a fruit-filled smoothie. This vegan-friendly powder has 140 calories, offers 21 grams of protein and definitely keeps me full.
4. Click. Click is billed as “The Coffee Lovers Protein Drink,” and it certainly “clicked” with Jenn! Instead of having to find a spot on your desk for your smoothie and your coffee, you can get your coffee fix and all those good-for-you nutrients in one drink—you’ll get 15 grams of protein and 23 essential vitamins and minerals, along with 120 calories.
5. Plantfusion. Another favorite of our readers, Plantfusion is free from all kinds of things you might be trying to avoid—dairy, soy, animal products, eggs, wheat, gluten, nuts and shellfish, but it boasts 21 grams of protein and just 120 calories.
6. Lichi Super Fruit. This natural blend of cocoa, whey and soy proteins, vitamins and omega fatty acids is designed to aid weight loss—with 120 calories, we can see why it works. And believe us, it tastes good, too!
Do you have a favorite protein powder that we missed? What is it and why do you love it? —Kristen