Best Protein Powder for Smoothies

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The options for protein powder are plenty.

When making a decision you want to look for brands that are minimally processed and without added sugars or artificial sweeteners.

Let’s look a little more closely at the options:

Pea protein

It’s made from isolating protein from ground yellow split peas. It contains all of the essential amino acids but is low in methionine. However, you can make up for that by eating eggs, beef, poultry, brown rice, and more. Pea protein is rich in iron, but best consumed with citrus powders to get maximum benefits. It has been shown to help build muscle mass in those who resistance train and helps make you feel fuller.

Whey protein

This protein is said to help you lose body fat, gain muscle, and increase your strength. Whey is protein isolated from whey (found in milk). It separates from milk when cheese is made. Whey is typically flavored and added to smoothies as a tasty nutritional boost. Whey is known to digest quickly.

Egg protein

Egg proteins are usually made from egg whites, not the yolks. Second only to whey, eggs contain high amounts of leucine, the amino acid said to increase muscle strength. Its quality in protein powders is typically high and it digests well.

Casein protein

Casein protein is found in milk, just like whey. It is thought to increase body composition when consumed by people who work on resistance training. It is digested and absorbed more slowly than whey protein, but in turn, allows more exposure of the muscles to amino acids.

That all being said, you can certainly get naturally-occurring protein from chia seeds, flaxseeds, nut butter, spinach, and egg white, too!