There are so many brands of protein on the market these days. How do you know which ones are high quality? How do you know which ones taste good? How do you know if they are worth the money? Well I’ve tried a lot of different brands so allow me to save you the time and money with my personal review of my top three favorite protein powders. I’ve reviewed the Vanilla flavors of each brand for comparison sake, there are many many more options out there. Keep in mind, most of this information is factual, but some of it is my own opinion… And you know what they say about opinions. Let’s go!
First up we have Dymatize Iso-100 Vanilla which is a whey protein. Although it is whey, it is lactose free, gluten free, and an isolated source of protein. This makes it very easy to digest. An isolated protein is also good to use immediately after a workout, whereas a protein blend like Quest (see below) is better to use throughout the day. Dymatize Iso-100 has the best nutrition profiles of the three. For only 110 calories you’ll get zero fats or sugars, one gram of carbs, and 25 grams of protein. Fats in your diet are not bad, but they do slow the absorption of protein so you definitely want to keep them low in your shake if you’re using it for recovery. Dymatize has a great branch chain amino acid (BCAA) profile with 5.5 grams per serving. You’ll also find 2.7 grams of Leucine per serving. Leucine is a (BCAA) and is the primary driver of muscle growth. This protein is creamy, smooth, and tastes great! They have a few other flavor options such as Birthday Cake, Fudge Brownie, and Cinnamon Roll. $49.99 might seem expensive at first but each tub contains 48 servings, costing you only $1.04 per serving!
Next we have Quest Nutrition Protein Powder. This is actually a blend of Whey & Casein Protein. Making convenient to use for breakfast, or snacks during the day. Whey digests quickly whereas Casein does not. If you have a sensitive stomach then this might be a good option for you since the blend allows it to digest at a moderate pace. Again, the nutritional profile of Quest protein is pretty great. For only 100 calories you’ll get zero fats or sugars (like Dymatize), three carbs, and 22 grams of protein. Not a huge amount, but enough to support muscle recovery and protein needs. Unfortunately, I could not find any information on the Leucine content of this protein which leads me to believe it’s low! However, Quest has some of the best tasting protein I have ever tried with absolutely no odd aftertaste. They have a lot of really delicious flavors such as Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel, and Chocolate Milkshake. It costs slightly more per serving than Dymatize at $37.49 per tub which yields 32 servings, coming in right at $1.17 per serving.
Finally we have Vega Sport Protein, not to be confused with the original Vega Protein. This is a plant based vegan protein powder. And I have to say I was skeptical at first, but was pleasantly surprised! The nutrition profile has more calories than what most women are looking for but provide big benefits. For 150 calories you’ll get 30 grams of protein, 4 carbs, 3 fats, and only 1 sugar. Vega Sport contains 6 grams of BCAAS and 2.9 grams of Leucine to support that muscle growth and recovery. Vega is also unique in that it contains probiotics, so again, if you have digestive issues this might be a good protein source to consider. The flavor and texture is definitely different than whey, but it’s thick and creamy! There are only two flavors that I know of which are Vanilla and Chocolate. The cost is pretty high too at $49.99 per tub with 20 servings, makes it $2.49 per serving! It’s still less than buying a smoothie, but it’s definitely not the cheapest!
Protein powder is not essential to a healthy diet, weight loss, or muscle growth, but it is a rather tasty, and convenient way to ensure you meet your protein requirements. I’ve included a table below to help you see the difference between each brand discussed in the article. Consider your goals, taste preference, and budget when choosing the right one for you. If you have any brands that you swear by, I would love to hear about them! And as always if you would like any personal nutritional guidance you know where to reach me!