If you’ve been around the health and fitness world for any amount of time, you’ll know that protein is key when it comes to getting the most out of your workout. No matter if you head along to the gym just a couple of times a week, or if you workout every single day, protein and great results go hand in hand.
Having protein within 30 minutes of your workout is important as it helps to aid muscle recovery and repair. If you are aiming to lose fat, protein is also important as it helps to keep you fuller for longer, meaning that you may be able to cut down on your daily calorie intake.
For many gym junkies (and even a lot of beginners) protein powders are becoming increasingly popular because they are an easy and convenient way to get your post-workout protein hit. After trying dozens of protein powders, we managed to choose a few of our favourites. Don’t be caught out buying something of a low quality – we’ve done the testing so you don’t have to.
The best whey protein: Luxe Fat Burning Protein
Made from New Zealand Grade 7 whey, which is the highest level and cleanest protein powder available in the world, Luxe protein powder is sourced from hormone and chemical free cows known to produce superior quality dairy. Luxe’s protein powder is gluten-free, made in New Zealand and contains green tea and L-Carnitine to help speed up the metabolism and encourage fat oxidation. By far the most delicious protein that we tried, the chocolate flavour tastes just like a milkshake, but with none of the refined sugar and only a fraction of the calories. If you’re on a strict eating plan Luxe is perfect as it helps you to feel like you are actually getting a treat, all while actually helping with your #gains.
The best vegan protein: Nutra Organics Clean Protein
Nutra Organics is a brand that initially caught our eye because of their staunch commitment to producing genuinely clean products. Not only is this protein non-dairy, RAW, and vegan, but it contains added nutrients, herbal extracts, superfoods, spices, enzymes for digestion, probiotics for supporting inner health and prebiotics for maintaining it. The formula is free from added sugar, preservatives, artificial colours or flavours. We tried the formula in both chocolate and vanilla flavours and we loved the fact that it was rich and very filling. The real point of difference here is that it delivers a powerhouse of phytonutrients, Natural Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Iron and over 74 trace nutrients sourced from a Sea Mineral Blend. In short – it’s filled with a whole lot of goodies that makes it a supplement that offers more health benefits than your average protein powder.
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The best Paleo protein: Clean Paleo Free-Range Egg White Protein Powder
Here in Auckland Clean Paleo has kind of become a big deal, mainly because it is backed by Art Green, so of course that grabbed our attention pretty fast. Out of all of the protein powders that we tried, we noticed that Clean Paleo was really gentle on our stomachs and perfect if you struggle with traditional whey and dairy. Made from egg white, this formula is extremely high quality protein and is rich in branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) that help to promote protein and muscle synthesis in the body. This protein is probably the least sweet of all of the formulas we tried but those among us who didn’t have a huge sweet tooth absolutely loved it. Paired with coconut milk Clean Paleo is actually really refreshing and doesn’t leave you bloated like some other formulas do.
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