I have a confession to make; I’m a protein powder hoarder, with whey protein powders making up the majority of my collection. Years ago, I was afraid to use protein powders, thinking they would make me bulk up and beef up like some sumo wrestler or bodybuilder. Yet, a couple years ago, I started using plant based protein powders and eventually whey protein powders, to up my lean muscle mass and increase my energy. Protein powders are a great way to get direct fuel to your muscles for repair after exercise. You can use them in replacement for regular flour in recipes, use them to thicken puddings and make your own protein pudding, plus they take any smoothie or shake to a whole new, creamy, dreamy level. The key to consuming protein powders is to keep them clean. This means no nasty ingredients, and making sure the whey protein you consume comes from clean sources. Check out my favorite sources below for the leanest, cleanest whey protein powders to create a leaner, cleaner you!
This brand is one of the most popular and well-known whey protein powders for their clean profile and delicious taste. The brand promises their powders will never contain lactose, gluten, hormones, fat, sugar, carbs or artificial sweeteners. In addition, their ingredient list is minimal, containing only 100% whey protein isolate (the best form of whey protein for weight loss and metabolism), stevia, xanthum gum as a natural thickening agent derived from plant sources, and contains no salt, sugar or anything else. Though the ingredient list is minimal, the flavor options are most definitely NOT! This brand has flavors such as Birthday Cake, Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, Banana, Cinnamon Swirl, Peaches and Cream, Mocha Mint (my favorite) and a plain, unflavored variety. This brand also has a vegan protein powder if you’re interested. iHerb offers 2 pounds for $45.