Protein Powder Options Explored

By Head Nutrition Coach Rachel

When it comes to protein powders, there are a lot of options on the market.

Truly there is something for everyone no matter your dietary preferences. Sometimes selecting one can be troublesome as you want to be sure you find one that is right for you but also free of potential chemicals that could inhibit your health goals. Of course, as with most foods, sometimes it’s a trial/error situation to find the one that works for you both for taste and to avoid possible discomfort like bloating or indigestion. 

Protein powders will assist in building and maintaining muscle. Definitely to be in addition – as a supplement – to balanced meals and whole-food protein throughout the day. 

We’ve made a list of a few trusted products to get you started.

  1. Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder: An organic seed-based protein powder with a slightly sweet, nutty flavor and smooth texture. For those sensitive to dairy and legumes, this is a great option. Also a great option if you’re doing a vegan, vegetarian, keto paleo dietary approach. It blends perfectly into smoothies or on its own in a shaker. Suggested brand is Sprout Living, available online and at most grocery stores. 
  1. Whey Protein Powder: Available in a variety of flavors including vanilla and chocolate, which is a lovely bet for those who prefer creamier enjoyment. This is a great option for those without sensitivities to dairy derivatives. Although not very common, some clients have noted that some bloating occurred. When selecting a brand, try to avoid products with gums included. Suggested beans is Momentus Essential Grass-Fed Whey, available online. 
  1. Hemp Protein Powder: A great and affordable option for those looking to add in additional plant fiber, as well the array of vital nutrients can be found in this powder. As it is a little more earthy in flavor, a green smoothie will surely be an awesome fit. Another fantastic idea to explore for vegetarian and vegan peoples. Suggested brand is the Whole Foods Market Unflavored Organic Hemp Protein Powder. 


  • Overnight oats (we posted a recipe earlier this year!)
  • Smoothies
    • Fruit juices
    • Whole frozen or fresh fruits 
    • Leafy greens like spinach and kale
    • Adaptogens i.e. ashwagandha or moringa
    • Prebiotic / probiotic powders
  • Shaker cup
  • Hot cereal
  • Baking projects

We also suggested checking out this extensive review of many protein powders put together by NY Magazine if you want to dive deeper into additional options. 

Curious to learn more about what may work best for you? Sign up for a Nutrition Coaching Program with Ripple Effect. Email our Head Nutrition Coach directly [email protected]

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