My husband and I have gotten into the habit of protein smoothies in the morning or as a pick-me-up in the afternoon. So here are the three we tried over the last couple of months and how we liked them.
Tera’s Organic Whey Protein – Bourbon Vanilla:
Tera’s Organic Whey Protein is made from hormone-free cow, goat and sheep protein. It uses all natural flavors (we tried bourbon vanilla) and is gluten-free. On the Tera’s Whey website, they have a ton of information about the health benefits of whey protein when it’s processed naturally…with great detail about what’s in it and what’s not. Comes in Bourbon Vanilla, Blueberry, Acai Berry, Yumberry and Wolfberry.
Results: Taste: A+, Mixability/Texture: A-, After-Effects: A
This was by far the winner for me. It tastes great, mixes into smoothies well and I really felt a healthy boost after drinking it each time.
Jay Robb Egg White Protein Powder – Vanilla:
This egg white protein powder is made from chickens not treated/given hormones. It’s casein-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and more. No lactose, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or flavors. Check out the Jay Robb website for a full list of ingredients. This would be a good one to try for those wanting a dairy-free alternative. Comes in Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry and Unflavored.
Results: Taste: B- Mixability/Texture: A After-Effects: C-
This one tasted fine when I drank it…but I felt really odd after drinking it. Maybe it was just me…but my stomach did not set well with this one. I’d advise purchasing a one serving packet at Whole Foods or online before buying a huge container.
Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder:
For the vegans and others interested in hemp protein, try Nutiva Hemp Protein. While this isn’t exactly like the others (my Nutiva also has Fiber)…I thought I’d include it as another dairy-free, egg-free option. See my other post on hemp protein powder HERE.
Results: Taste: B+, Mixability/Texture: B After Effects: A
With this one, I always feel good afterwards and don’t mind the taste…It doesn’t always mix so well…so if you have a finicky drinker, this one may be harder to get used to.
Here’s the Smoothie Recipe that I did with each of these powders:
1 cup of 100% juice (you could also use water)
1 cup frozen blueberries or other fruit
1 scoop or serving size of protein powder
any other fresh fruit in the fridge (strawberries, mangoes, etc.)