If you hit the gym often, you likely end a workout with some type of protein-powder-enhanced shake. This is a smart move, because research shows that consuming about 30 grams of protein after a work can help your muscle repair and rebuild from the damage done during a bout of lifting and grow stronger for the next.
Although what may be a smart move for your muscles isn’t always a smart move for your taste buds. Anyone who has ever tasted protein powder knows that it’s not exactly something you look forward to. Many protein powders are chalky, cloying, and loaded with fake sweeteners that can leave your mouth with a lingering chemical aftertaste.
Here at Men’s Health, we have long recommended whey protein isolate for its many benefits. But the list of protein powders that follow include products that are and aren’t whey protein isolates. That’s because this list—assembled with help from our credentialed fitness team—is built upon pure flavor.
Like, so much flavor that you may actually want to make yourself shake on the days you’re not working out just because.
BSN Syntha-6 Whey Protein Powder, Cold Stone Creamery- Mint Mint Chocolate Chocolate Cake Flavor, Micellar Casein, Milk Protein Isolate Powder, 44 Servings
What happens when a protein powder company joins forces with an ice cream company? Pure awesomeness, that’s what. This powder contains 22 grams of protein per scoop. Blend it into whole milk and you’re basically drinking a Shamrock Shake.
Ascent Native Fuel Whey Protein Powder – Chocolate – 4 lbs
Too many chocolate product powders taste fake. But this company uses real cocoa to flavor their product. It’s a little sweet, but that’s not a bad thing when it comes to shaking up your shake. Pair it with chocolate milk to completely awash your taste buds in the good stuff.
MuscleTech Phase8 Protein Powder, Sustained Release 8-Hour Protein Shake, Cookies and Cream, 4.6 Pound
There’s something diabolically delicious about this just-sweet-enough powder. It’s extremely light and fluffy, so it blends into milk or water easily. Which means it’s easy to dump in more than one scoop. Unfortunately, your body won’t do much with anything more than 30 grams of protein in one sitting—and this stuff has 28 grams per scoop.
Garden Of Life Sport Organic Plant-Based Protein – BCAA Amino Acid Protein Powder, Chocolate 29.6oz (1lb 14oz / 840g) Powder
This vegan powder derives its protein from a mixture of pea, bean, and lentils. Though it sure doesn’t taste that way. The chocolate flavor is rich and luscious, without the too-sweet taste of most plant-based products. Plus, it carries the all-important NSF Certified for Sport Seal. That means what the product advertises on the label is actually in the product.
Bodylogix Natural Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powder, NSF Certified, Vanilla Bean, 1.6 Pound
Vanilla protein powders too often taste flat. Bodylogix’s offering is less vanilla and more VANILLA, which comes off tasting like home-churned vanilla bean ice cream. It carries a NSF Certified for Sport seal of approval as well.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder, Double Rich Chocolate, 5 Pound
One of the classic protein powders is also still the best-tasting. You can find ON Gold Standard 100% Whey protein pretty much everywhere. Maybe that’s because it’s a great introductory protein powder—no weird sugar alcohols, real cocoa, pure deliciousness.
FITCRUNCH Whey Protein Powder, Designed by Robert Irvine, Limited Edition Flavor, 120 Calories and 25g of Protein, Keto, Gluten Free, Soy Free, and Non-GMO (Pumpkin, 18 Servings)
Yeah, a protein powder made my a chef. This blend lists pumpkin pie spice in its ingredients list, which means it makes for the perfect addition to your pancake or waffle batter. You could try it in a shake, too, if you’re into that kind of thing.
VINTAGE BRAWN Protein – Muscle-Building Protein Powder – The First Triple Isolate of Premium Egg, Milk (Whey and Casein), and Beef Protein – Chocolate Coconut with Zero Sugars and No Artificials
Chocolate + coconut = whoa nelly. This is your brownie-batter protein powder. This is your get-me-some-chocolate-milk protein powder. This is your I’m-so-sick-of-vanilla protein powder. Deploy it when you need a serious change-up.
2lbs of 100% Premium Powdered Peanut Butter from US Farms – Bulk, Only Roasted Peanuts, Vegan, No Additives, Preservative Free, No Salt, No Sugar – 76 Servings – NAKED PB
This powder contains one ingredient and only one ingredient: roasted peanuts. That means a few things. One, it’s vegan. Two, lower in protein at 6 grams per scoop. Three, despite that fact, it’s an amazingly tasty way to add a little more protein to your oatmeal, flapjacks, or anything else that deserves to taste a little more like peanut butter.
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein Powder, Birthday Cake, 2 Pound
With ON Gold Standard 100% Whey Birthday Cake, every day is your birthday. Consider it a gift to your muscles.
Dymatize ISO100 Hydrolyzed Clear Protein Powder, Clear 100% Whey Protein Isolate, Keto Friendly, Clear Easy Mixing While Being Light & Refreshing, Cherry Watermelon, 1.1 lbs
Still not impressed with this list? Well, here’s something for you hardened, life-long protein shake experts. This whey protein mixes clear and tastes like the middle of summertime. Do with it what you will.
Author: The Editors Of Men’s Health
Source: Men’s Health: These Are the 11 Best-Tasting Protein Powders