The Top 5 Best Protein Supplements for Delicious Smoothies

(Last Updated On: October 23, 2017)

When it comes to protein supplements, too many people believe they are stuck with a gross tasting powder mixed with water that they have to practically force themselves to drink.

Not only are there some incredible tasting protein powders out there but they are versatile too! Just because the label mentions only water or milk doesn’t mean that is all you’re limited to. Instead mix things up and actually look forward to your protein fix by adding your scoops to a smoothie.

The days of mediocre flavors are long gone and these 5 choices are sure to please.

Syntha-6 by BSN

BSN’s claim of their Syntha-6 protein blend tasting like a real milkshake is fairly spot on. Not only do these powders delivering a well-rounded kick of protein, but everyone will be able to find a flavor they love.

Details of the Syntha-6 blend include:

  • Nutrients per serving:
    • 22g protein
    • 200 calories
    • 6g fat
    • 2g sugar
    • 14g carbs
    • 5g fiber
  • Nine flavor options – Cinnamon Bun, Banana, Chocolate Cake Batter, Chocolate Milkshake, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cookies & Cream, Peanut Butter Cookie, Strawberry Milkshake and Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Supports muscle growth, synthesis and recovery
  • Protein blend of whey, casein, egg albumin and glutamine peptides
  • Post-workout powder with no caffeine

Since the Syntha-6 blend has no caffeine it is particularly ideal for smoothies since you can enjoy them throughout the day or night without worry. The flavors are all quite good and can really taste like milk shake when mixed up with other ingredients. This protein is a bit higher in calories  and carbs so don’t overdo it.

Banana Malt Shake

A particular nice twist on the milkshake is a banana malt shake. Here is a simple recipe to try:

  • 1 scoop of Syntha-6 in Banana
  • 1 scoop of Syntha-6 in Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups of unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ a frozen banana
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 tablespoon of malt (or more to taste)

Blend it up and drink!

Pro JYM by JYM Supplement Science

There aren’t that many protein supplements on the market that aren’t just backed by a doctor, but actually created by a doctor. JYM Supplement Science was created by Dr. Jim Stopanni and contains some of the highest quality ingredients you could wish for. The Pro JYM powder is the brand’s ultimate protein blend.

Details of the Pro JYM blend include:

  • Nutrients per serving:
    • 24g protein
    • 150 calories
    • 5g fat
    • 3g sugar
    • 8g carbs
  • Four flavor options – Chocolate Cookie Crunch, S’mores, Vanilla and Cookies & Cream
  • Protein made of whey protein isolate, micellar casein, egg albumin and milk protein isolate
  • Total triple blend of 50% micellar casein, 40% whey and 10% egg albumin

While the fat, sugar and carbs are a little higher compared to other protein blends, it’s for a good reason. The Pro JYM blend is a bit more of a “beefier” powder, if you will. It has more natural nutrition and a more extensive ingredients list. This makes most of these flavors best saved for a smoothie or shake rather than just mixing in water, though it works perfectly either way.

If you’re a s’mores lover you’re definitely going to want to try out this recipe:

  • 1 scoops Pro JYM in S’mores
  • ¾ cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons of a natural marshmallow creme
  • Graham cracker
  • 1 tablespoons of a natural or sugar-free chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup ice

Blend the first three ingredients first, then add the syrup and ice. Add enough ice for a thick shake consistency. Crumble the graham cracker, mixing some into the drink and saving some for a topping.

Gold Standard 100% Whey by Optimum Nutrition

Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard 100% Whey held it’s position as supplement and protein of the year for 10 years by Bodybuilding.com. This is quite a feat but when you look into the details of this product, it’s easy to see why it remains an extremely popular option.

Details of Gold Standard 100% Whey include:

  • Nutrients per serving:
    • 24g protein
    • 120 calories
    • 1g sugar
    • 1g fat
    • 3g carbs
  • Incredible 20 flavor selection including – chocolate mint, banana cream, mocha cappuccino, strawberry banana, caramel toffee fudge, key lime pie, vanilla ice cream, cookies & cream and more
  • Also has 3 naturally flavored powders in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry
  • Available in serving size containers from 3 to 146 depending on flavor
  • Has 5.5 grams of BCAAs and 4 grams of glutamine
  • Extremely water soluble

There isn’t much to be said about the Gold Standard whey protein because it simply is so impressive. The huge range of flavors, from simple to quite decadent is excellent. Most people find the flavor to be quite tasty and very similar to the real thing. Most supplements, even this brand’s, tend to be artificially flavored of course but the addition of three naturally flavored powders is a great idea.

Not only are the flavors amazing but the powder is so well made that you can quickly dissolve it in water with a spoon without a problem. This makes this product excellent for smoothie as well as a quick, on-the-go option. If you are craving something really sweet and have a moment to whip up a smoothie, try out this key lime pie recipe:

Key Lime Pie in a Glass

  • 1 scoop Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein in Key Lime Pie
  • ½ cup of greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup of milk (or substitute almond milk)
  • 1-2 cups of ice cubes

For more of a vanilla flavor you could add an additional ½-1 scoop of the Vanilla Ice Cream flavor.

Gardenia All-Natural Vegan Protein by Body Nutrition

Vegan protein powders are often thought of as chalky, lumpy or gritty. If you’ve been searching for a plant-based protein that is going to blend beautifully into a smoothie, the Gardenia powder will be a lifesaver.

Details of the Gardenia vegan powder include:

  • Nutrients per serving:
    • 20g protein
    • 120 calories
    • 2g fat
    • 4g sugar
    • 8g carbs
    • 3g fiber
  • Four flavors – Vanilla Bean, CinnaBun, Mocha and Chocolate Cacao
  • Sold in 25 serving tub
  • Vegan blend of pea, quinoa, and hemp protein
  • 100% organic and non-GMO ingredients
  • Amino acid profile of 2.7 grams of BCAA and 3.5 grams glutamine

If you’ve been disappointed by plant-based proteins in the past, this blend will become a fast favorite. Numerous users has found it to be one of the best tasting vegan powders on the market while still delivering very impressive nutrition and protein. It doesn’t have an overwhelming “green” taste and is sweetened naturally with coconut sugar and Monkfruit.

Staying on the trend of plant-based protein power, here is a perfect green smoothie with a protein punch:

The Perfect Green Smoothie

Blend and enjoy at breakfast.

COR-Performance Casein by Cellucor

COR-Performance Casein is a very well liked product produced by Cellucor. Many users find this powder to not only be delicious but easy on the stomach. It is made of high-quality ingredients and is a fairly fine powder, making it ideal for adding to smoothies or shakes.

Details of this casein powder include:

  • Nutrients per serving:
    • 25g protein
    • 120 calories
    • 4g carbs
    • 1g sugar
    • 1g fat
  • Two flavors – Chocolate and Vanilla
  • Sold in 30 serving size tub
  • Supports muscle growth
  • Slow releasing 100% Micellar Casein protein

The COR-Performance Casein powder is unfortunately limited to only two flavors but its other benefits make it a great choice. Many users find the vanilla to be more subtle or natural, a nice change of pace in a world of strong, artificial vanilla powders.

The chocolate is very tasty and both flavors are great flavor bases for a variety of smoothies. The powder is very smooth and blends very well into water, milk, almond or soy milks, and more. Casein tends to feel more filling than whey and is ideal in a meal replacement shake or a smoothie before bed.

Here is a great late night shake especially for chocolate lovers that will fuel your muscles while you sleep:

Get to Bed Chocolate Shake

  • 1 scoop COR-Performance Casein powder in Chocolate
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 small handful of spinach
  • ½ tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup ice

Blend it up and top with some ground cinnamon to finish.

Powdered protein drink supplements don’t have to just be added to water or some other plain liquid. Adding a scoop or two to a smoothie can really improve the taste and, depending on the ingredients, become a well-rounded meal replacement. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

 

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