This article was originally published in January 2017
Protein is essential for proper body function as it keeps our muscles fueled — basic activities such as walking, talking and breathing all utilize muscle energy. It also keeps our metabolism in check, so we can maintain a healthy body weight and energy level.
While protein abounds in meat and seafood, eggs, dairy, legumes and nuts, protein powders offer a quick way to increase the ratio of protein to carbs in your diet and can be an ideal option for those with busy schedules.
Adding protein powder to your smoothie is the most obvious way to incorporate it into your diet, but it easily can be used in baking for an extra protein boost to cookies and muffins. Try our recipe for Super Protein Balls.
Powders at PCC
You’ll find all kinds of natural, clean options at your neighborhood PCC, including whey-based powders made from grass-fed milk; plant-based proteins that include seeds like pumpkin, hemp and chia; and powders made from bone broth.
1. Omega Nutrition Organic Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder
Made purely from pumpkin seeds in Bellingham, Wash., this powder contains all 18 amino acids and is free of gluten, dairy, egg, nuts and soy. It has a mild, slightly nutty flavor that blends well into smoothies.
2. Tera’sWhey Organic Whey Protein
Featuring grass-fed whey sourced from family-owned, organic dairy farms, this protein powder delivers at least 21 grams of protein per serving. The Plain flavor is unsweetened and ideal for sneaking protein in to baked goods or other dishes.
3. Garden of Life Raw Protein & Greens
Raw plant protein — legumes, chia and sprouted brown rice — combines with nutrient-rich, energizing greens in this certified organic and Non-GMO Project Verified powder. In addition to protein, you’ll get a healthy dose of spinach and kale, broccoli, carrots and beets.
4. Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein
This paleo-friendly powder delivers the benefits of bone broth in a convenient form that doesn’t require hours of prep. It contains 19 amino acids and is free of gluten, dairy, soy, grains and nuts, making it easy to digest.