How This Nourishes Your Body
For over 10 years now, my favorite breakfast is either a smoothie or protein pudding. I just crave something that is easily digested and won’t make me sluggish the rest of the day. With that said, I have tried an absurd amount of protein powders, and have learned what to look for and avoid to make sure it’s actually benefitting and not harming my body.
Why Protein Matters
In order to carry out everyday tasks—like making enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters—your body needs protein. Not just any protein will do. You need a specific set of amino acids.
There is much debate whether or not protein powders are good or not because they are ‘processed’.
Personally, I love them:
- I feel great after consuming them.
- They are easily digested so my body puts more energy towards cellular rejuvenation and repair. This also increases my energy and makes me feel light instead of weighed down by a big meal.
- They are the perfect supplement for a busy person who wants as much nutrition as possible, with little work.
Not just any protein powder will give you the results you are looking for, there are thousands on the market and most of them contain ingredients that will harm the body.
Admittedly, I have high standards when it comes to protein powder, my husband can attest;)
- I find out HOW it is processed
- I find out where the ingredients are from
- I research ALL of the ingredients and avoid rancid oils, toxic artificial flavors, and many other ‘filler ingredients’
- I make sure it is BIOAVAILABLE and EASILY DIGESTED
- I make sure it has key healing ingredients that HEAL THE GUT and promote healthy digestion
Because I usually consume protein powder every day, I like to keep a variety in stock so I can experience all of the benefits each one has to offer.
I like to keep 4 categories of protein powder on hand:
Problems with Protein Powders
- Many protein powders on the market contain ingredients that can cause gas, bloating, and actually harm your gut.
- Most sources of protein are also often hard to digest so the body can’t even use the amino acids in a helpful way.
- Many contain artificial ingredients, rancid oils, and fillers.
How to Choose a Protein Powder Quick Guide
When looking for a plant protein– make sure it is fermented, sprouted, or contains digestive enzymes.
When looking for a whey protein – make sure it says non-denatured, organic, grass-fed, whey protein concentrate, low tempature proccessing.
When looking for a collagen protein – make sure it comes from a quality source, ideally with multiple types to make it therapeutic.
When looking for a Bone Broth Protein Powder – make sure it is third-party tested for heavy metals and toxins, comes from a quality source, and contains no artificial ingredients
For all options, check out the company, their statement of purity, and how it is processed.
As always, every person is different so listen to your body to find which is the right fit for you. How do you feel after consuming it? How is your digestion? Bloating? Energy? Skin?
Best Natural Protein Powders
1. Plant Protein:
My favorite plant protein is pea or hemp. These are wonderful plant-based sources, however, they do contain phytic acid and lectins that can block mineral absorption. That’s why I like to consume plant proteins that are fermented or sprouted and contains enzymes. This breaks the phytic acid down and makes the protein truly bioavailable and easily digested.
The ones I like the most right now are:
- Body Ecology Fermented Protein Shake
- Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Protein
- Garden of Life Organic Protein Powder
I like this protein because it is fermented and contains enzymes, which makes the amino acids extremely digestible, unlike many plant proteins. I also love that it contains a vegetable, algae, probiotic, and medicinal mushroom blend!
If you are looking for a protein powder that is more like a supplement containing dozens of health-promoting ingredients, allowing you to get in tons of nutrition with no effort, this one is for you.
2. Whey Protein:
If you do not have any issues with dairy, whey protein is one of the best sources of complete protein that can do marvelous things for your body. Whey is an abundant source of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA’s). These BCAA’s are used to fuel, build and repair muscles. Whey protein is a critical agent used to make the super anti-oxidant glutathione. A 2007 study found that ingesting large amounts of whey protein increased cellular glutathione levels. According to many researchers, non-denatured whey protein may be the single greatest whole food for boosting glutathione levels. Due to this antioxidant capacity, whey protein is being researched for its ability to prevent degenerative diseases like heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s.
Most whey proteins on the market or TOX -IC. They are heavily processed, rancid, and contain fillers that seriously disrupt your digestive track.
The following whey proteins are all organic, from grass-fed cows, pure, and non-denatured (meaning not heated or chemically processed so the nutrients are still alive and powerful).
3. Collagen Protein:
Y’all know I love my collagen (most of my recipes contain it!). Collagen is my go-to for beautiful hair skin and nails.
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – A well sourced and processed brand of collagen. They also just came out with different flavors and veggie blends.
Multi-Collagen Protein Supplement– This is my go-to for the most effective collagen. Most collagen supplements only contain collagen from one source, usually cow. This specific collagen contains 5 types of collagen (from fish, chicken, cow, and egg) which provide the body a therapeutic treatment of collagen. This stuff is GOLD, trust me.
4. Bone Broth Protein:
Let me introduce you to a little wonder in a cup. This incredible substance supports the entire body, keep your skin vibrant, your gut healthy, and if full of bioavailable minerals and amino acids that are important for mood, energy, and hormonal balance.
Bone broth protein and stocks may be one of the most nourishing, life-giving superfoods around, and yet very few of us still make or consume them. N.D., naturopath Erika Siegel states, “There’s no food that replicates the nutritional benefits of broth”. It is so beneficial in so many ways, and traditional cultures have thrived off this stuff for centuries.
Organic Bone Broth Collagen Supplement: Contains 3 types of collagen from beef, chicken, turkey bone broth. You get your collagen and bone broth all in one delicious scoop! So good in smoothies, coffee, or even water.
Bone Broth Protein Powder: This is my favorite protein powder. Bone broth is one of the foods that helped my skin, anxiety, and period problems. After having a baby, I did not have the time to make bone broth every day. This protein is dehydrated bone broth, so I can get my cup of bone broth a day in my morning smoothie!
It contains Collagen Type II; Glucosamine; Chondroitin; Hyaluronic Acid; And 19 Amino Acids.
I don’t use colostrum as a source of protein, but I wanted to throw it in here because it is a powerful healing substance.
- boost your immune system SIGNIFICANTLY- which helps any sickness, disease, an autoimmune disorder, skin issue, etc.
- heal leaky gut and promote a healthy digestive track – gut health = your energy, skin, mood, and brain function.
- anti-aging – full of minerals, amino acids, and that promote cellular rejuvenation
- effective in muscle building
This Colostrum-LD with Proprietary Liposomal Delivery is by far the most healing colostrum I have found.
Greens powders can also contain bioavailable sources of plant-based proteins in the form of sprouted nuts and seeds, spirulina, wheatgrass, barley grass, and other greens.
A quality greens powder is full of bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that alkalize, cleanse, fuel, and detoxify the body. (which leads to increased energy, mental clarity, and disease prevention).
I am honestly not a fan of most multivitamins because of their lack of absorbability in the body. For my ‘multivitamin’, I use a quality greens powder to get my vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids.
A quality greens powder is health insurance and an easy way to get in tons of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other medicinal foods every day!
Not all greens powders are beneficial. Many contain heavy metals and on top of not being bioavailable for your body. I recommend these two greens powders because they are sourced quality, clean, they are fermented and sprouted which unlocks they healing potential in the vegetables and herbs, and they are full of vegetables, herbs, and greens.
Superfood Benefits and Reasons to Eat
- Protein is made of amino acids that form enzymes, hormones, and neurotransmitters
- Aide in muscle formation
- Improve mood, energy, and focus
- Aide in weight loss
- Needed for blood sugar stabilization and hormonal balance