Protein powders can get a bad rep and for good reason. Earlier this year, a nonprofit group called the Clean Label Project released a report about toxins in protein powders. Researchers screened 134 products for 130 types of toxins and found that many protein powders contain heavy metals (lead, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury), bisphenol-A (BPA, which is used to make plastic), pesticides, or other contaminants with links to cancer and other health conditions. Not to mention added sugar, artificial flavoring, thickeners, etc. Eeeeeek!
So, what is one to do if they love a good smoothie in the morning? Use a good, clean, powder made of real ingredients. Here is a list of healthy protein powders:
Made with 13 real ingredients, including vanilla bean and cinnamon, this protein powder delivers on taste and quality. It’s organic, free of stevia, soy and dairy. It’s available in chocolate, banana, mixed berry and vanilla.
A light blend of organic pea, hemp and brown rice protein, this vegan formula is fortified with a 20 million-spore probiotic to keep your gut happy. One serving delivers all nine essential amino acids + the same amount of protein as two eggs.
This Organic Hemp Protein provides high-quality plant protein with branched-chain amino acids. It also has all nine essential amino acids, with the bonus of good-for-you essential fatty acids (2g per serving) and is available in regular and Hi Fiber.
A thoughtful blend of organic plant protein, prebiotics and nutrient-dense superfoods, this protein has no additives and delivers 26 grams per serving of complete protein. Made of yellow pea, sunflower, pumpkin seed, Sacha Inchi, Cranberry Seed and Jerusalem Artichoke Root it comes in three flavors: chocolate maca, vanilla lucuma, green kingdom and original.
Naked Rice is a vegan protein made exclusively from organic sprouted whole grain brown rice. Gluten free, dairy free, and soy free; Naked Rice is made using a hexane-free extraction process to create a protein with an excellent amino acid profile that compares favorably to whey protein. Naked Nutrition is committed to shortening the steps between our farms and you.
What healthy protein powders are you loving?