I’ve never been a huge fan of protein powders. Although I marvel at the innovation and ingredient cleanliness of plant-based products that contain minimal sugar and nutrient-packed add-ins, such as sacha inchi seeds, shiitake mushrooms, and whole fruits and vegetables, I don’t find it palatable to consume powders simply by mixing them with water.
But smoothies are a different story! When tossed in a high-powered blender with a bit of almond milk, frozen fruit, and dark, leafy greens, such as spinach and kale, high-quality protein powders seem to melt into smoothies, making it a cinch to get more essential vitamins, minerals and protein into my diet.
Protein-dense smoothies particularly help when the weather cools down and I start craving macaroni and cheese, tomato soup and pizza—drinking a greens-filled smoothie to start my day keeps me on track. At the shelf, I seek out protein powders that contain several different types of protein blends, such as hemp seed protein, pumpkin seed protein and pea protein.
–Jenna Blumenfeld, senior food editor
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