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I'm a little bit of a smoothie
freak. I have at least a smoothie a day
, but I always make my own (and encourage you to do the same). The ingredients and sugar in most pre-made smoothies
and protein shakes scare me. I use fruits and vegetables
in my smoothies, and I do add protein powder
. But protein powders can be confusing: You have to pick your source of protein, and I think it's important to look for non-GMO, hormone- and antibiotic-free products. I'm not a fan of soy-based powders because of the concerns with processed soy. (Soy contains plant estrogens called phytoestrogens, so when you process soy into isolates or TVP, you are processing hormones, which may have dangerous health implications. Pure soy like that in edamame doesn't carry this potential risk.) Instead I seek out whey, hemp, brown rice or vegetable-based protein powders; these are much less processed than soy protein isolates, and they're a a far cry from the muscle-head proteins.
Here are my top ten healthy protein powders:
Not long ago, it was difficult to find organic whey protein. Tera's whey is fantastic. I love the individual envelopes, which are great for travel. With flavors like acai, bourbon vanilla and wolfberry (a.k.a. goji berry), you'll never tire of these.
Note: Whey proteins aren't vegan (they're dairy based), so choose accordingly if that's an issue.
Available at Whole Foods markets and online at teraswhey.com
The Organic Whey
This is a great all-purpose whey protein that creates really creamy smoothies. Whey protein is good for your immune system. This powder contains only whey, so there's no aftertaste from sweeteners.
Available online at theorganicwhey.com
Manitoba Hemp Protein
Hemp isn't necessarily what you think: It's rich in omega-3's and also a group of fats called GLAs, which are important for hormonal balance and healthy skin.
Available online at manitobaharvest.com
Nutiva is a great company known for its hemp products and delicious coconut oil. Its HempShake is great particularly in the chocolate flavor mixed with mint extract for a Thin Mint-like smoothie experience.
Available at Whole Foods markets and online at store.nutiva.com
SoCal Cleanse Detox Powder
SoCal makes a hemp powder with added herbs and spices -- ginger, slippery elm and maca -- that help you debloat to start your day.
Available online at socalcleanse.com
Vega-Vega is a fantastic vegan company that makes bars and shakes. My favorite is the Vega Sport -- it's fantastic after a workout.
Available online at sequelnaturals.com
Sun Warrior's protein powders are raw, vegan and made from brown rice. You wouldn't think of brown rice as a protein source, but the protein is isolated and makes great, natural protein powders. This is very clean and pretty much just ground hemp and vegetables, so it's minimally processed.
Available online at sunwarrior.com
The Ultimate Meal
This is a protein and supplement in one. It contains protein from brown rice and quinoa, along with powdered greens and vegetables, flax and spirulina.
Available online at ultimatelife.com
My clients who use this powder swear by it, saying, "It keeps me so satisfied." I don't doubt it: There's a little bit of everything in here -- from vegetables to small amounts of certain vitamins. This powder really packs a punch.
Available online at livingfuel.com
This is another brown rice powder, and it comes in individual packets, which is great for travel or making smoothies on the go.