Protein powders to fill out your fitness routine

Amp up your smoothies or meal substitutes with these rich, nutritious powders.

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People use protein powder to increase muscle mass—or decrease muscle loss when entering a fat loss phase. When selecting a powder, you’ll want it to fit your personal goals and ideally be tasty to consume. Below are some of the most praised powders on the market.

Ascent Native Fuel Whey Protein Powder
Your body will thank you.Amazon

This hefty bag of whey protein will last you a long time and comes in a bunch of flavors, including cappuccino, vanilla bean, and chocolate. The whey has been minimally processed and is free of artificial ingredients or gluten, and the company is based in Denver, Colorado. With 25 grams of protein in each scoop, it’s ideal to take within 30 minutes of finishing a workout for optimal recovery.

PBfit All-Natural Peanut Butter Powder
The Reeses lovers have met their match.Amazon

For the perfectly reasonable people who are known to spoon peanut butter from the jar, this powder will give you your fix. It includes eight grams of protein in a single 2-tablespoon serving, offers a less fatty spread than the actual nut butter, and is just plain delicious. This powder has especially become a staple for those looking to swap into other snack and dessert recipes or satisfy that inevitable peanut butter craving. Be aware that the powder is derived from actual roasted peanuts and is not allergen-free.

Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, Vanilla Bean
Pea and rice protein are the fundamentals of a vegan protein powder.Amazon

If you already thought hemp seemed to be everywhere, it’s also in protein powder. This organic, plant-based powder is available in two different sizes—1.59-pound or 2-pound—or a 10-count travel pack. It’s the definition of multipurpose: stir it into a smoothie, use it as a meal replacement, or add it to your next batch of brownies.

Pure Collagen Protein Powder
This powder promotes youth and longevity.Amazon

It could seem like no area of your body can go without benefiting from this powder: it claims to improve bone, digestive, and cardiovascular health and enhances skin and hair. If you’re dubious about flavors, no worries because this powder is flavor-free and also without dairy or gluten. This powder is made to replenish the collagen in your body that it stops producing with age.