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5 Tips on How to Choose the Best and Healthiest Protein Powder

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Wondering how to choose the best and healthiest protein powder? It all depends on so many factors: your individual nutrient needs, your goals, whether you’re on a special diet, and whether you have any allergies.

And what do you want your protein powder to do for you? Are you looking for a protein powder that’s going to help you stay full throughout the day, or are you looking to gain weight, build muscle or lean out and burn some fat? I’ve got 5 tips on how to choose the best and healthiest protein powder! Here’s your go-to guide to help you find the best option for you!

How to Choose the Best and Healthiest Protein Powder - Christy Brissette media registered dietitian nutritionist - What to Look for When Buying Protein Powders - 80 Twenty Nutrition communications

Of course, you can always make protein-packed smoothies using whole foods if you’d like to. Read my post about how to add protein to your shakes and smoothies using animal-based ingredients and also plant-based options.

The issue with making your protein smoothies using whole foods is it might not always be the most convenient or quick option. Like most people, you might not always have a fridge or a blender when you’re on the go!

How to Choose the Best and Healthiest Protein Powder - Christy Brissette media registered dietitian nutritionist on national TV: CTV Your Morning Live - What to Look for When Buying Protein Powders - 80 Twenty Nutrition communications

Thats where protein powders come in. Theyre portable and dont have to be refrigerated, so theyre great to keep in your gym bag, at your desk at work or to use when you travel.

How to Choose the Best and Healthiest Protein Powder - Christy Brissette media registered dietitian nutritionist on national TV: CTV Your Morning Live - What to Look for When Buying Protein Powders - 80 Twenty Nutrition communications

Check out my national TV segment on CTV’s Your Morning Live where I share my tips for choosing a healthy protein powder – and a few of my favorites!

How to Choose the Best and Healthiest Protein Powder - Christy Brissette media registered dietitian nutritionist on national TV: CTV Your Morning Live - What to Look for When Buying Protein Powders - 80 Twenty Nutrition communications

5 Tips on How to Choose the Best Healthy Protein Powder

1) Short ingredient list: Youre buying protein. You want it to be mostly protein, not lots of fillers!

2) Higher protein, lower carb: Choose a protein powder with at least 20 grams of protein per scoop and less than 5 grams of carbs. Youll probably be adding carbohydrates by mixing with milk or blending with a banana or eating a fruit.

How to Choose the Best and Healthiest Protein Powder - Christy Brissette media registered dietitian nutritionist - What to Look for When Buying Protein Powders - 80 Twenty Nutrition communications

3) Look for protein isolate. If youre using whey protein, look for protein isolate rather than concentrate. Isolate is more than 90% protein.

4) No sugars, starches or artificial sweeteners. Make sure your protein powder doesnt have artificial sweeteners or added sugar. Artificial sweeteners that end in olare sugar alcohols that can upset your digestive tract. Not a good look (or smell) at the gym or anywhere humans gather! Also be on the lookout for sugars (anything that ends in ose) or sugars in disguise such as dextrins or maltodextrins.

5) Pick a neutral flavour. If you buy a large tub of protein powder with a wacky flavour, like mint butterscotch or something, youre likely to get tired of it more quickly. Personally, I use a flavorless one so I can add anything I want. If Im craving a chocolate shake, I can easily add cocoa powder. If I want vanilla, all it needs is some vanilla extract. Its that easy!

How to Choose the Best and Healthiest Protein Powder - Christy Brissette media registered dietitian nutritionist - What to Look for When Buying Protein Powders - 80 Twenty Nutrition communications

What Type of Protein Powder Should I Buy? Whey Protein, Casein, Pea Protein?

You’re probably wondering if you should go for whey protein, casein, hemp, pea protein or some sort of blend of these. There are so many different protein powders on the market that even choosing a type of protein powder can be confusing. Check out this post about the different sources of protein powder and the pros and cons of each one.

How to Choose the Best and Healthiest Protein Powder - Christy Brissette media registered dietitian nutritionist - What to Look for When Buying Protein Powders - 80 Twenty Nutrition communications

Healthy Recipes Using Protein Powder

Did you know you can use protein powder in baked goods, oatmeal and more? Here are some fantastic recipes featuring protein powder… and they go beyond your typical smoothies!

Banana Bread Proats (Protein + Oats) in the Microwave

Chocolate Cherry Chia Overnight Oats (stir in 1 scoop protein powder)

Chocolate Cherry Chia Overnight Oats - vegan, gluten-free, no added sugar, no refined sugar, meal prep - Christy Brissette, media registered dietitian nutritionist - 80 Twenty Nutrition

Kiwi Lime Green Smoothie

Kiwi Lime Green Smoothie - vegan and paleo - pegan - recipe by Christy Brissette media registered dietitian nutritionist - 80 Twenty Nutrition

Golden Turmeric Smoothie

Tropi-Kale Green Smoothie

Tropical Kale Green Smoothie with Metamucil - vegan, gluten-free - Christy Brissette, Media dietitian, 80 Twenty Nutrition

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