10 Greatest Non-Powder Protein Choices


The hardest part of getting fit happens at home: dieting to maintain your body, grabbing more meat on your pecs, or toning your waistline. The fight in the kitchen is as real as it is on the workbench – because of protein, the macronutrient that is synonymous with building muscle.

The go-tos are well known: chicken breasts as meals and protein powder as a supplement before, during or after training. Chicken is ok, great if your a cook. But drinking bottles and bottles of protein shakes every day has likely left you feeling overwhelmed. You see the accumulated serving of protein and shudder reactively at its gritty, chalky texture. You can feel it on your tongue at the very thought, but swallow the agony whole, because deep down you know that this is what you need to cover your daily food intake. See for yourself, it is for the lean muscles that gains. So you’re biting the bullet.

It doesn’t have to be like that. And because we believe you should be saving your energy for your actual arm curls at the gym, we’ve put together an appeal of 10 protein powder alternatives that don’t taste funky or dusty. There are options like low-carb, low-fat chips and puffs, high-protein energy drinks to get you through any workout, and breakfast essentials to help meet your daily intake. You are what you eat, man, and these supplements will transform you.

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Best protein snacks

Tortilla-style protein chips

The plausibility of these tortilla chips probably eludes even the most senior protein specialist. They really taste like regular tortilla chips – that is, good – and boast over 15 grams of protein and only 5 grams of carbohydrates and fat. So this snack is for both the gains and the keto-friendly cuts.

Calories per serving: 140

Protein per serving: 19g

Best protein energy drink

Gatorade Zero with protein

It is crucial to stay hydrated before, during, and after your workout. And now there is a better Gatorade for it: Gatorades G Zero Thirst Quencher, now loaded with whey protein isolate. For less than 60 calories, you get 10 grams of protein and all the hydration you need to get through one last lift or drop.

Calories per serving: 50 to 60

Protein per serving: 10g

Best protein bar

Big 100 Colossal Protein Meal Replacement Bars

One of these chewy bars can boast of any meal in your company’s cafeteria. They contain 410 calories with a precise distribution of nutrients: over 30 grams of protein, 14 grams of fat and over 40 grams of carbohydrates. Therefore, it is not only suitable as a meal replacement, but also an ideal additional snack for athletes who want to consume more protein and carbohydrates during the bulk season. Speaking of personal tasting, it isn’t sickly sweet and won’t completely fill your stomach after you’ve devoured it.

Calories per serving: 410

Protein per serving: 32g

Best protein yogurt

Triple Zero Greek non-fat yogurt

Oikos’ low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt completely avoids the shortcomings of other pumped-up yogurts (read: a chemical aftertaste). It’s high in protein, and one dip in its creamy bowl will have you never drinking liquid whey again.

Calories per serving: 100

Protein per serving: 15g

Best protein biscuit

Low carb protein biscuits

Your stamina is admirable for the sports rat who has had a clean diet in connection with intensive daily strength training. You deserve a cookie. Not the kind they serve on flights that is just carbohydrates to scream out loud, but one that will give your chiseled body the macronutrients, taste and texture to match.

Calories per serving: 240

Protein per serving: 15g

15g Whey Protein Infused Water

A way to smuggle in more grams? Drink a bottle of water with a really good, wonderfully fruity taste, but even better moisturizing properties. Oh, here is one.

Calories per serving: 60 to 70

Protein per serving: 15g

Best protein supplement for breakfast

Special K protein breakfast cereal

The best way to start the morning is to pour your favorite milk into a bowl of low-fat granola full of protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Each crunch will provide you with a little more energy for the day ahead.

Calories per serving: 210

Protein per serving: 15g

Protein instant oatmeal

Don’t ignore these heart-healthy packets of instant oatmeal that have been enhanced with 10 grams of protein.

Calories per serving: 230

Protein per serving: 6g to 10g

Low carb, keto-friendly protein puffs

We urge you to browse without feeling guilty by including high protein, low fat, and low carb snacks in your daily diet. These flavored puffs will do the trick.

Calories per serving: 130

Protein per serving: 21g

Best protein ice cream

Ice cream with reduced fat swirl

If you are bewitched by those with a sweet tooth, a spoonful of this creamy, low-calorie, high-protein ice cream will save your life. (Maybe not literally.) And if you’re looking to gain weight aggressively, swallowing a container of it for dessert after dinner is enough to cover your excess calories.

Calories per container: 380

Protein per container: 23g

Maverick Li is Assistant eCommerce Editor at Esquire, where he deals with tech, housekeeping and all aspects of lifestyle.

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