I’m a little bit of a smoothie freak. I have at least a smoothie a day, but I always make my own (and encourage you to do the same); the ingredients and sugar in most pre-made smoothies and protein shakes scare me. I use fruits and vegetables in my smoothies, and I do add protein powder. But protein powders can be confusing: You have to pick your source of protein, and I think it’s important to look for non-GMO, hormone- and antibiotic-free products, as well. I’m not a fan of soy-based powders because of the concerns with processed soy. (Soy contains phytoestrogens (plant estrogens), so when you process soy into isolates or TVP you are processing hormones and this may have dangerous health implications. Pure soy (tofu/edamame) doesn’t carry this potential risk.) Instead, I seek out whey, hemp, brown rice or vegetable-based protein powders; these are much less processed than soy protein isolates, and they’re a a far cry from the muscle-head proteins.
Here are my top ten healthy protein powders:
It’s a lot of fun to have a few different proteins (some have more fiber, some have different flavors, more calories or less) and experiment. I’d love to hear your favorites; share your smoothie tips in the comments section, below: