• Brooke Bailey

5 Best Protein Powders

I get a lot of questions from clients I train and readers from this site asking me to suggest protein powders that actually taste good, mix well, and don't cost too much money to buy. Walking into a local store or doing a search on Amazon can be quite daunting because there are hundreds of options available.

I would venture a guess and say I have tried 100 different protein powders over the years I have been working out, and out of those - many have ended up in the trash or going to the expiration date unused because they tasted terrible. Now a lot of places do offer return policies, but that can be a hassle especially if you need something to fuel up while you wait for your next shipment.

To save you some time and money, I have put together a list of five protein powders that are my go to sources. Now this isn't a scientific analysis of any sort, just what I have found to offer a lot of value, but in picking my recommendations I have considered three main things: cost effectiveness as measured by how much protein you get for the price, ease of use or how easily it mixes in a shaker and a blender, and the ingredients included for the price.

Body Fortress Protein Review

Number five on my list is Body Fortress. This low priced, value oriented protein is commonly available from Walmart but it's also available on Amazon. Ingredient wise, there are not a lot of frills, and for that reason it reminds me a lot of another one on my list, Pure Protein. Now it doesn't mix quite as good as Pure Protein but it does mix well in a shaker and in a blender you will have no problems at all. Taste wise, it's good but a notch below Pure Protein and just a tad bit of effort is required to mix it. It’s available in several flavors including the basics:vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.

Body Fortress

Price: Check Amazon

Protein per Container: around 540 grams

Ingredients: Protein and not much else, high BCAA's

Pure Protein Review

Number four on my list is the aforementioned Pure Protein. It's a simple, no frills powder that I recommended for one main reason: it mixes easier than any other protein I have tried. You don't need a blender to mix Pure Protein so it makes it an easy choice for those looking for something to take to the office. The taste is good, with no stand out after tastes, but is available in a limited number of flavors. Pure Protein is a great choices for weight trainers looking for a powder that is affordable and mixes well while tasting good.

Pure Protein

Price: Check Amazon

Protein per Container: around 575 grams

Ingredients: Protein and not much else, high BCAA's, carbs

Vega Protein and Greens Review

Vega Protein and Greens is a great option for those looking to get a non dairy source of protein. I recommended it to many of my vegetarian and vegan clients, and my meat eating ones as well. It's a good idea to mix up your sources of protein, and the need for plant based ones in your diet I can't over emphasize enough. Many plant based powders are expensive, and Vega is a lower priced source.

It contains veggies and greens with ingredients like spinach powder, organic kale powder, and broccoli. It is Non-GMO Project verified, gluten-free, certified vegan, with no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. Taste wise, it's a like it (I doubt anyone will love it) or hate it. The powder is grainy, but mixes very well. It most likely will not be your favorite, but it will stay down lol and is a good powder to drink a day or two a week to mix things up. Flavors available include the usual chocolate and vanilla, but berry and tropical can be found.

Vega Protein and Greens

Price: Check Amazon

Protein per Container: around 450 grams

Ingredients: Protein and not much else

Met-rx Protein Review

MET-Rx has been around for a long time and makes a whole line of workout related drinks and foods. Met-RX meal replacements were my absolute favorite protein powder until I discovered number one on my list (more soon). The selection of flavors is limited, chocolate and vanilla, and it is higher in carbs than strict "protein powders" because it is meant as a meal replacement: I mix up a pack in the morning with milk and break that down into two servings that net me about 25 grams of protein each. That makes it more cost effective, and works for those with a smaller appetite.

One reason I love Met-RX is that it includes 3 grams of glutamine in each pack. Glutamine has been shown to aid in recovery, and is something I include in nearly every shake I drink. Having it included saves me a step and time in the morning. This meal replacement powder does require a blender since it makes a very creamy shake (almost pudding like) that a shaker bottle can't cut. If you don't' mind the carbs, I can't recommended it enough. It's the best tasting powder for my palette.

Met-RX Meal Replacement

Price: Check Amazon

Protein per Container: about 35 grams per pack without milk

Ingredients: Protein, BCAA's, glutamine, higher carbs

Muscle Milk Protein Powder review

I give an honorable mention to Muscle Milk: It's probably the best selling protein powder on the market, comes in a variety of flavors, is reasonably priced, and tastes great. I don't include it as one of my best because of the carb content and price. Most flavors have a little higher carbs than I would like to see from a "straight" protein powder. When I have used Muscle Milk, I mixed it with milk and considered as a meal replacement. I do find it to be a little sweet tasting for me.

Muscle Milk Protein Powder

Price: Check Amazon

Protein per Container: about 512

Ingredients: Protein, higher carbs

Syntha- 6 Protein Powder Review

Finally we come to my number one protein powder: Syntha- 6 by BSN. Syntha-6 is a protein I just discovered in the past year and I am currently working my way through a big tub of it. I like it so much that it already has made my list of top protein powders.

It's available in an assortment of unique flavors, and I have already tried cinnamon bun, banana, cake batter, and chocolate milkshake. Syntha-6 mixes great in a blender or shaker, and contains some ingredients I have not seen in powders before: MCT Oil and fiber. MCT Oil is reported to help burn fat. It is higher in carbs, but with all the added ingredients I think Syntha-6 saves you money in the long run and gives you a few key ingredients that you may be missing out on.

Cost wise, you get more in a bottle than any other for the price, making it a standout in the crowded protein powder market. The taste can't be beat, and as far as value it's off the charts. It seems BSN is leading the way in cutting edge nutrition right now as they offer a growing line of powders, energy drinks, and bars all with unseen before ingredients.

Syntha- 6 Protein Powder

Price: Check Amazon

Protein per Container: over 600 grams

Ingredients: Protein, BCAA's, MCT Oil, Fiber

There you have it, my list of best protein powders for the budget conscious. I hope you give a few of them a try if you have not already. Let me know what you think of this list and if you think there is a brand I should try. I love hearing from readers about the changes they are making in their diets and bodies.


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