You will note that all of the products I recommend are either unflavored or chocolate, there is a very good reason for that. A lot of times its the flavors that add incredible amounts of artificial junk and a nasty aftertaste which is the reason that I always choose unflavored or chocolate. Chocolate is easy, you just add natural cocoa powder. Cocoa powder is virtually nonfat, its natural, and its good flavoring – easy peasy. Unflavored whey also tastes really good but note that unflavored does NOT mean vanilla. Vanilla typically tastes horrible in my experience and almost always has a horrible aftertaste, again, because of the artificial flavors. Back to unflavored whey, it tastes amazingly good. Unflavored, unsweetened whey has a very pleasant neutral flavor that is slightly sweet and if you add it to water it tastes a lot like … well, milk. Milk that is 90% protein instead of 5% protein. The fruit flavors like strawberry and banana are virtually always artificial and pack a really nasty aftertaste so choose those only after very careful inspection of the ingredients list. Flavors that sound like candy bars should be avoided like the plague as they are always artificial – “toffee bar crunch”? Nope, pass.
If you are looking for the best protein powder to provide you with both immediate and long-term benefits, include both whey and casein protein in your supplemental regimen. Approximately 20 grams of a whey/casein mixture one hour before a workout and immediately afterwards will provide you with enough amino acids to improve protein synthesis as well as long-term muscle repair benefits. You may also want to enjoy a whey protein shake during breakfast, and include a casein protein shake in your pre-bedtime routine to ensure you are consuming an adequate amount of both types.
EnergyFirst, a leading company in the all-natural protein and supplement industry, was founded in 1997. We, at EnergyFirst, believe that everyone can benefit from drinking a protein shake whether the goal is optimal nutrition in a meal replacement, an easy and healthy breakfast alternative, a weight loss aid, or a protein supplement for athletes. We also believe that your protein shake should be 100% natural and delicious. Nutritionist, educator, athlete, and EnergyFirst's CEO, Gerry Morton is committed to providing customers with all natural, science-based, effective products for optimal nutrition, weight loss, and a healthy lifestyle.