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A Guide to All-Natural Protein Powders

Those giant tubs of sugary powder you find at GNC contain far too many harmful chemicals. All-natural is the way to go.


It doesn’t matter if you’re getting intense full-body workouts in at the gym, you have a casual relationship with your treadmill or you just want to eat healthier: getting the right amount of protein in your diet is paramount. Since the human body is about 17 percent protein, replenishing that stock day to day should be a priority. The most obvious way to get your daily fill of protein is to eat whole foods like chicken, fish and other meats — but then there are vegans, vegetarians and those of us who don’t have time to cook a steak or grill chicken at every meal.

That’s where the protein powder makes the best case for itself. When you don’t have time to make a full meal, either first thing in the morning, right after a workout or just before bed, a protein smoothie can get you the nutrients you need. The tricky thing is that the supplements market is regulated by the FDA under a different set of rules than conventional food, so it’s important to know what ingredients you’re about put in your body. A general rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t be eating it. And now, knowing that harmful man-made chemicals have been found in a few supplements, all-natural is the way to go. With a minimalist approach to the ingredients list, and nothing that can’t be found outside, here is a list of powders to mix and make smoothies with which to get the protein you need.

Aloha Protein
18 grams of plant-based protein per serving. It’s made with real vanilla bean and cinnamon, perfect for sweetening a morning cup of coffee. $33

Naked Goat Whey Protein
23 grams of protein per serving. There’s only one ingredient, so mixing with a fruit smoothie is suggested. $60

Primal Body Whey
24 grams of protein per serving. Unlike most protein powders, Primal Body tastes good enough to have by itself, in water. $60

Julian Bakery Primal Protein
15 grams of protein per serving. It’s sweetened with stevia, so it’s not too overpowering to blend with a morning smoothie or coffee. $30

Paleo Protein Egg White
20 grams of protein per serving, all from pure egg whites. One of the few paleo-friendly protein powders. $40

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Paleo Pro Recovery Powder
8 grams of protein per serving, but all from egg whites, with carbs from paleo-diet-friendly sweet potatoes. $40

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein
11 grams of protein per serving from natural branch-chain amino acids found in hemp. Safe for vegan and vegetarian diets. $40

Swanson Pea Protein
15 grams of protein per serving. Safe for vegans and people who can’t have whey or soy. $14

Tera’s Whey
20 grams of protein per serving. Made with real real coffee beans for flavoring. $25

PureWOD Build
24 grams of protein per serving. Made with three ingredients: 100 percent pure beef isolate protein, natural cocoa and Stevia for efficient amino acid absorption. $68

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