Not all protein shakes are created equal. Here’s what to look for when working towards your healthiest weight.
Skip the sugarWhen deciding on the perfect protein shake you want to avoid adding unnecessary ingredients and sugar into your daily diet. This means avoiding any ready-to-go shakes or powders that contain added sugar and artificial sweeteners. Another thing to keep in mind when trying to keep your sweet tooth at bay, is that the more protein and healthy fats you can incorporate into your diet the less likely you are to find yourself hungry or low on energy. Orgain’s 21g Organic Plant Based Protein Shake is not only delicious, but contains no sugar or artificial sweeteners. Pretty sweet, right?
Get picky with your proteinAll proteins are not created equal! There are a number of different kinds of proteins sources out there, so when you are looking for on-the-go shakes or powders, here are some important things to look for on the label when finding a protein shake that best suits your lifestyle and health goals is:
- The amount of protein per serving; try and shoot for 15-25 grams per serving
- Are you looking for a vegetarian or vegan option? Make sure to look for that certification.
- Look for Certified Organic, Grass Fed, and/or Non GMO Certified logos on the container. This will help you know that you are getting the highest quality protein that is not only best for you but also best for the environment.
- Find one that tastes good! The best way to make sure that you’re going to stick with a healthy, active lifestyle is to find foods and activities that you enjoy. Taste and texture are important!
Soy milk vs. Nut milk vs. DairyAre you a ready-to-drink shake person or do you like mixing your own? Either way, the milk or base of your shake is key to flavor, texture, and nutritional value. Here are a few things to consider
- Protein per serving: You want a milk that offers a decent amount of protein per serving. Many people are allergic to soy, which is why all Orgain products are soy free, but nut milks like almond and coconut, depending on the brand, can add an extra 2 to 3 grams of protein per serving.
- Sugar per serving: Always opt for unsweetened. If you’re going with dairy, consider opting for the higher fat content. Low-fat milks have more sugar than full fat.
- Calories and carbohydrates per serving: Coconut and almond milk have fewer calories and carbohydrates than others like soy, hemp, or cashew. If you’re going for a low-carb or keto diet, full fat unsweetened coconut milk or whole milk might be your best bets.