The Best Protein Powders, According to You
Get the results you’re looking for with one of these crowd-favorite powders
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This week, we scanned Amazon’s bestseller list for outstanding protein powders, then pulled the most useful and authoritative reviews for each.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein ($55)
“This 100 percent whey is my go-to product after working out to ensure I get an ample amount of protein. I mix the whey protein with my almond milk and it really tastes like a chocolate shake. It goes down very well unless you mix it with water. I tried water and I couldn’t bear the consistency of it. I like buying the big bottle because you get more of your money’s worth. I most definitely recover faster while taking this whey after workouts.”
BSN Syntha-6 Whey Protein ($38)
“I’m an athletic, average college student. I’ve tried many protein brands, and this powder the best tasting and most nutritious one I’ve ever had. It comes in a bag with 97 servings, which is a lot of servings. It instantly blends with milk or water and tastes like a milkshake, no need to even use a blender. It tastes amazing. It doesn’t have that thick protein whey powdery taste other brands have. It can also be used as a meal replacement because it has essential amino acids, protein, fiber. I use this as my breakfast every morning mixed with a glass of unsweetened almond milk.”
Garden of Life Meal Replacement ($38)
“I ordered my first tub of this in January 2018 and have since tried a small tub of vanilla and a large tub of chai. The chai tastes exactly like an iced coffee from Starbucks with almond milk. It is now February 2018 and I’m about to purchase my third large tub. I am so thankful to have found a product so dedicated to providing options for people to get the nutrition they need in such a quick and easy way. I’m absolutely in love with this product and will continue to drink it every day. Do your body a favor and buy this product. Thank me later!”
Isopure Zero Carb Protein ($38)
“I’ve used a lot of different and expensive brands of protein powder and this one is great. The creamy vanilla is tasty. I’m on the keto diet now and this is the only powder I found that has zero carbs and tastes great, especially with some almond milk and strawberries for a smoothie. I just ordered the banana and Dutch chocolate flavors to try!”
Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein ($24)
“I’ve had a very hard time finding protein powders that work for me in the past. They usually make me ill, and extremely gassy, but this one doesn’t. I can’t say whether it’s helping me with muscle gain because I just started taking it, but I can say this is the first protein powder that doesn’t make my stomach hurt. Plus, it doesn’t leave that awful aftertaste in my mouth.”