Protein Powders – The AWESOME, the Great, the Good, and the Ugly

Protein Powders – The AWESOME, the Great, the Good, and the Ugly

When it comes to protein, not all protein sources are created equal. Therefore, the same holds true for protein POWDERS.

As a disclaimer and so I’m not called a flip-flopper, I firmly stand by my quote:

“Meals should be cooked and eaten, not replaced and mixed”

I do use the “AWESOME” protein examples as a supplement to my real food diet and I strongly believe you should do your best to do the same, however, an occasional “GREAT” protein shake to meet your protein requirements and increase your calorie consumption for the health of your body is MORE important.

You don’t HAVE to use protein powders or meal replacements to lose weight, but I understand you are a busy woman, SO here are some ideas when time, money, or life happens.

The AWESOME Great Lakes Gelatin – Hydrolyzed (16 oz. – $21.49)

Ingredients: 100% collagen

Hydrolyzed collagen helps regulate the body’s metabolism by providing pure protein of low molecular weight that is quickly absorbed in the digestive track. The rapid absorption and distinctive amino acid groups in this formula will positively impact a large number of metabolic pathways. The body’s natural ability to repair supporting connective tissue (bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, skin, hair, and nails) diminishes after the age of 25 Great Lakes Gelatin – Non-Hydrolyzed (16 oz. – $18.99

Ingredients: 100% beef collagen

Gelatin is the purified protein derived by the selective hydrolysis of collagen form the skin, the connective tissue and/or bones of animals. Great Lakes Gelatin provides you with the highest types of pure unflavored edible gelatins. NAKED WHEY – 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powder (5lbs – $89.99)

Ingredients – 100% Grass-Fed Whey Protein

Naked Whey Protein uses pasture-fed cows’ milk from small dairy farms,  to create a non-denatured whey loaded with essential amino acids, glutathione, and clean protein.

Naked Whey isn’t dressed up with additives like artificial flavors or sweeteners like most brands, and we are committed to shortening the steps between our farms and you.

This is the Holy Grail of whey proteins, since it’s the cleanest whey protein on the market.

Click HERE to purchase: Raw Organic Whey (12 oz. – $32.99)

Ingredients: Organic Whey Protein Concentrate


ReserveAge Organics – Vanilla

Ingredients: Whey Protein Concentrate, natural vanilla flavors, stevia leaf extract, sunflower lecithin.

Primal Protein™ 100% Grass Fed Whey – Chocolate

Ingredients: Whey Protein Concentrate, natural cocoa, gum acacia, stevia

Grass-Fed, Certified rBGH-Free Vanilla Whey Protein Powder

Ingredients: Whey Protein Concentrate, natural vanilla flavor, xanthan gum, sunflower lecithin.

Tera’s Whey Organic Whey Protein Plain

Ingredients: Organic whey protein concentrate, organic soy lecithin

Complete 100% Grass Fed Whey

Ingredients: rBGH-Free Grass Fed Whey, Xanthan Gum, Apple Pectin, Stevia Extract, Natural Chocolate Flavor, Salt

VEGA Performance Protein


The Good

BioTrust Chocolate Protein

The Ugly

Gold Standard 100% Whey

Ingredients: Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Peptides), Natural And Artificial Flavors, Lecithin, Creamer (Sunflower Oil, Maltodextrin, Modified Food Starch, Di-Potassium Phosphate, Tri-Calcium Phosphate, Tocopherols), Salt, Gum Blend (Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan), Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Aminogen®, Lactase.



COR-Performance Whey

Ingredients: COR-Performance Whey Protein Matrix (Whey Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate), Natural & Artificial Flavors, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Protease, Acesulfame Potassium (Ace-K), Sucralose, Protease A-S, Lactase.

The Ugly

Nature’s Bounty® Complete Protein & Vitamin Shake Mix

Proprietary Protein Blend (Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Concentrate),Fructose, Inulin, Oat Fiber, Natural Flavors, Maltodextrin, Soy Lecithin, Tricalcium Phosphate, Xanthan Gum.

Since there are thousands of protein brands and flavors now, here are a few tips to determine whether or not you should purchase and consume.

  • Avoid soy protein at all costs.
  • If you are looking at a “whey-based” protein make sure its at least organic, ideally from grass-fed animals
  • If there are over 10 ingredients in your protein shake with preservatives, additives, artificial sweeteners, and gums you should probably avoid.
  • And, of course, as a reminder whole food protein is ALWAYS best from pasture-raised animals, plant (except soy), and gelatin is KING.

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