Various studies have shown that using protein powder before or after a workout session can help build muscle, repair tissue and aid in weight loss. There are a variety on the market, including plant-based and whey options, the latter derived from milk. So when picking a protein powder, it’s important to think about your diet and allergies. With this in mind, we did some research and curated a list with a few of our favorite options to make your life easier. Our selection features two chocolate-flavored whey powers and one plant-based powder that gets its protein from chia seeds and chickpeas.
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1. Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein Powder
A single serving of this whey powder features a whopping 60 grams of protein and 12 grams of BCAAs. It’s enhanced with creatine and other critical amino acids to boost post-workout recovery.
Pros: It’s gluten and aspartame free. It comes in chocolate and vanilla.
Cons: This contains slightly more calories than our other picks.
2. Optimum Nutrition Whey Protein Powder
This powder contains 24 grams of blended protein consisting of whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate and whey peptides to support lean body mass.
Pros: It also features 5.5 grams of naturally occurring Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) to help build strong muscles. You can choose from four sizes and two flavors. It also comes in the form of six travel-friendly packets. It’s free of gluten and contains sucralose.
Cons: On the more expensive end.
3. Orgain Organic Protein Powder
This creamy chocolate fudge powder has 21 grams of plant-based protein from ingredients like chia seeds, chickpeas and brown rice.
Pros: It’s vegan, and free of gluten and soy. You get the choice of a two-pound jar with 20 servings or a 10-count travel pack. It is also non-GMO and free of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives.
Cons: Some may find the taste and texture a bit chalky.