Food first is always the way to go when deciding whether you should supplement with protein powder or not. Being a persona trainer in West Los Angeles, my schedule gets pretty nuts, and sometime’s there is not enough time to get int the perfect meal plan. However, because the nature of protein and the significance timing your protein intake has on building lean muscle and burning body fat, it’s tough to transport protein foodstuff in various situations. These include: post workout, at work, in the car, when you have two minutes to get ready for work because you got #collegedrunk the night before and woke up in a creek bed.
Now that we’ve settled that score, here’s what to look for when searching for a protein powder supplement that actually works:
1. No aspartame or artificial sweeteners. Aspartame is really just 2 amino acids, and when taken in high doses with protein (which is created by amino acids) will complicate things.
2. High levels of leucine. This molecule facilitates protein into the muscle. It’s the highest in whole foods, specifically whey.
3. Whey protein from concentrate, NOT isolates! Isolates are a denatured D-form amino acids. Basically all that means is it is acidic to the body and is a rancid form of protein.
4. Dissolves quickly in water. Check the ingredients (which shouldn’t be as long a list as Lindsay Lohans’ coke dealers) and make sure there is no polysorbate-80 or soy lecithin, which companies will add to make poor quality proteins dissolve.
5. The protein powder should taste good, smell good, have no acidic aftertaste, and should dissolve instantly
6. Objective third party testing that the protein powder is metal free. You definitely do not want these toxins roaming around in your body.
7. Whey protein should come from organic, free range, pastured raised fed cows. NOT pesticide treated, grain fed cows. Because you are what you eat…and what your cow eats, too!
8. Doesn’t cause digestive stress. Many companies will use long chain fatty acids that are hard to digest and will make your farts smell like death and give you upset stomachs. Find companies that use medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) instead.
So which protein powders qualify these terms?
I am not an affiliate with any of these brands. Here are a couple companies that satisfy these standards:
Stronger, Faster, Healthier (SFH)
Now go apologize to your girlfriend for the years of protein farts because you didn’t take the right whey protein powder supplement
Whey Pro[bro]tein Bar Batch
With feminine food qualities like vanilla, honey, and coconut, these bars are NOT just for the bros! Packed with tons of protein, good fats, and relatively low carb, this is a great anytime snack or a late night dessert.
- 1/2 cup whey protein powder
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 1.5 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp raw honey
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or blueberries
1. On a cookie sheet, toast nuts and shredded coconut oil until golden brown
2. Pour mixture into a food processor and pulse until nuts are chopped and mixture becomes ground