9 Best Clean Protein Powders in 2024

Author: Oleksandr Maksymenko (Weight management, Fitness / Sports nutrition)

If you’re looking for the best clean protein powder available, then this article’s got you covered. Finding the cleanest protein powder can be tough, especially with all the subpar products on the market. In this list we’ll be covering 9 of the purest protein powders.

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In a hurry and can’t keep reading? How about you check out the Transparent Labs Whey Protein Isolate.


This product only contains 2 ingredients: grass-fed whey protein isolate, and sunflower lecithin. Grass-fed cows have been shown to produce overall healthier milk.

Over the span of 4 months, 300+ hours were invested by our team of experts to meticulously review and test 20 different clean protein powders, that you can currently buy. The aim of the study was to deliver this list consisting of the 9 best clean protein powders available. We will, as time progresses, monitor new upcoming products able to challenge these rankings and update the list accordingly.

9 Best Clean Protein Powders

Top 9 Best Clean Protein Powders Reviewed

ProductTotalMacronutrient BreakdownTaste/FlavorNutrition Label TransparencyFat Content TransparencyMixabilityValue for Money
Transparent Labs58.59.5101010109
Myprotein57.510109109.59
Isopure5710910108.59.5
Naked56.599.5101099
Promix56.599,5109910
Ora55.599.5108.59.59
Garden of Life5599.59.58.59.59
NOW54.598.591099
Raw5410989810
Transparent Labs Whey Protein Isolate
  • Diet Type: Building Muscle, Improving Recovery, Cutting
  • Suitable for Vegans: No
  • Protein Source: Whey Isolate
  • Item Weight: 955g
  • Serving Size: 32.96g
  • Price per Serving: ~$2
  • Protein Percent of Calories: 93%
  • Calories: 120
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fat: 0.5g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Company Founded: 2015
  • Recommended by Athletes: Hafthor Bjornsson, Paul Sklar, Sean Harris

First on our list and one of the cleanest whey protein powders available is Transparent Labs’ Whey Protein Isolate. Transparent Labs is well known for their simple and effective formula, and this protein powder is a perfect example of this.

This product only contains 2 ingredients: grass-fed whey protein isolate, and sunflower lecithin. Grass-fed cows have been shown to produce overall healthier milk. This is largely because of a healthier balance of omega fatty acids which shouldn’t be much of a concern when it comes to protein powder, but it is still worth considering when choosing where your dairy is sourced from.

What a grass-fed label shows us is that the dairy cows this product is coming from are likely healthier and more humanely treated than the vast majority of dairy cows out there. On top of this they promise their whey is completely hormone free as well.

Performing Transparent Labs Whey Protein Isolate

Like all of Transparent Labs products, their protein is free from artificial sweeteners, coloring, and preservatives. Transparent Labs is a great choice if you’re looking for an excellent protein powder without additives.

While we recommend the Unflavored variety for the cleanest protein possible, Transparent Labs does offer 9 other flavors, including Milk Chocolate, French Vanilla, and Strawberry. They also offer a subscription service where you can save 10% on your order. Because this is one of the pricier options on our list, this will come in handy if you plan on buying regularly

58.5Expert Score

Transparent Labs is well known for their simple and effective formula, and this protein powder is a perfect example of this.

Macronutrient breakdown:
9.5
Taste/Flavor:
10
Nutrition Label Transparency:
10
Fat Content Transparency:
10
Mixability:
10
Value for Money:
9
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Positives:

  • Dairy sourced from hormone-free, grass-fed cows

  • Subscription service offers 10% off

  • No artificial ingredients 

Could be better:

  • One of the priciest options on our list

Impact Whey Isolate
  • Diet Type: Building Muscle, Improving Recovery, Cutting
  • Suitable for Vegans: No
  • Protein Source: Whey Isolate
  • Item Weight: 11lb (2.2lb and 5.5lb also available)
  • Serving Size: 25g
  • Price per Serving: ~$1.33
  • Protein Percent of Calories: 98%
  • Calories: 90
  • Protein: 22g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Company Founded: 2004
  • Recommended by Athletes: Rob Kearney, Tom Trotter, Israel Adesanya

Next on our list is a close competitor with Transparent Labs, and another great clean whey protein powder: MyProtein and their Impact Whey Isolate. Well known for having some of the best tasting clean protein powder, MyProtein also claims that this is “one of the purest whey supplements available, with 90% protein content.”

Turns out, they’re selling themselves short! According to our calculations, 22g of protein at 90 calories means they have a 98% protein content, making them easily one of the densest protein supplements available! It’s worth noting this is solely for the unflavored variety, and alternative flavors likely have protein content closer to the advertised 90%.

Performing Impact Whey Isolate

Photo by @__iamkuma__

While the product is sold at an appealing price point of ~~$1.33 per serving, MyProtein frequently has sales that take off up to 35% of their products prices. Keep an eye out for these sales, and be sure to stock up when they happen!

Finally, it’s worth noting that there is no indication of where the whey is sourced from, and whether or not it's grass-fed. If this is a major concern for you, you’ll want to go with one of the other products on our list. However, if you’re more interested in getting a highly concentrated protein at a great price, then this would be a great option.

57.5Expert Score

MyProtein and their Impact Whey Isolate. Well known for having some of the best tasting clean protein powder, MyProtein also claims that this is “one of the purest whey supplements available, with 90% protein content.”

Macronutrient breakdown:
10
Taste/Flavor:
10
Nutrition Label Transparency:
9
Fat Content Transparency:
10
Mixability:
9.5
Value for Money:
9
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Positives:

  • 98% protein concentration in the unflavored variety

  • Appealing price point

  • Site has regular sales that make the product even cheaper

Could be better:

  • Protein not sourced from grass-fed whey

  • May not mix very well

Isopure Unflavored Whey Isolate
  • Diet Type: Building Muscle, Improving Recovery, Cutting
  • Suitable for Vegans: No
  • Protein Source: Whey Isolate
  • Item Weight: 3lb
  • Serving Size: 29g
  • Price per Serving: ~$1.56
  • Protein Percent of Calories: 100%
  • Calories: 100
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 0g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Company Founded: 1984
  • Recommended by Athletes: Josh Dixon, Betina Gozo, Whitney Davis

Another unflavored whey protein with only 2 ingredients, the next entry on our list comes from Isopure.

What truly separates this product from its competition is its macronutrient breakdown. Yes, you read that right, Isopure offers 100% protein concentration. This is the only product on our list with such a solid macro breakdown, and at only 100 calories, it’s the perfect protein for cutting or keto diet. Isopure truly lives up to their name with a product that is pure protein.

Of course, you will be paying a premium for this excellent macro breakdown, as Isopure is one of the pricier options on our list. However, at ~$1.56 per serving, it is certainly not the most expensive option on our list. We think it's better to spend the extra bucks on a better protein source or third-party tests, it brings more value than the maximum protein concentration. But the choice is yours!

Performing Isopure Protein

Unflavored variety has a completely clean taste free of any off-tastes that are commonly present in unflavored supplements. Unfortunately, the drawback is poor mixability. That's the downside of such a concentrated protein; you have to put up with it if you want a sky-high clean powder.

Keep in mind that this product does not appear to be sourced from high-quality grass-fed dairy, similar to Transparent Labs or MyProtein. Here the product also loses some points, but if you want the highest protein concentration possible, then Isopure will be a great fit.

57Expert Score

This is the only product on our list with such a solid macro breakdown, and at only 100 calories, it’s the perfect protein for cutting or keto diet.

Macronutrient breakdown:
10
Taste/Flavor:
9
Nutrition Label Transparency:
10
Fat Content Transparency:
10
Mixability:
8.5
Value for Money:
9.5
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Positives:

  • 100% protein concentration

  • Only two ingredients

  • Pleasant flavor

Could be better:

  • Poor mixability

  • Not sourced from grass-fed milk

Naked Grass Fed Whey Protein Powder
  • Diet Type: Building Muscle, Improving Recovery, Cutting
  • Suitable for Vegans: No
  • Protein Source: Whey Isolate
  • Item Weight: 5lb
  • Serving Size: 30g
  • Price per Serving: ~$1.25
  • Protein Percent of Calories: 83%
  • Calories: 120
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fat: 2g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Company Founded: 2014
  • Recommended by Athletes: Kenzie Mariano, Daniel Victor

The next competitor in our ranking is Naked Nutrition’s Grass Fed Whey Protein.

Similar to Transparent Labs, Naked prides itself on sourcing its dairy from the best cows possible. They specifically use small dairy farms from California and Idaho, citing that these cows spend more time roaming freely than in colder climates.

In terms of nutritional information, Naked does lose some points compared to our top products. Only 83% protein in terms of total calories, that’s not brilliant though still very good. While 2g of sugar and 2g of fat per serving isn’t a whole lot, if you’re cutting, every calorie counts, so it’s something to keep in mind.

Where this product truly makes up some ground is with its price point. At only ~~$1.25 per serving, it is significantly cheaper than Transparent Labs or Isopure.

Naked Grass-Fed Whey instagram

Another great thing about Naked is they provide their independent heavy metals testing results, so you can be confident the protein you’re buying is free from any unwanted contaminants. This is fairly rare in the supplement space, making this one of the best third party tested protein powders out there.

57Expert Score

Only 83% protein in terms of total calories, that’s not brilliant though still very good. While 2g of sugar and 2g of fat per serving isn’t a whole lot, if you’re cutting, every calorie counts, so it’s something to keep in mind.

Macronutrient breakdown:
9
Taste/Flavor:
9.5
Nutrition Label Transparency:
10
Fat Content Transparency:
10
Mixability:
9
Value for Money:
9.5
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Positives:

  • One of the cheaper options on our list

  • Whey sourced from high-quality dairy cows

  • Very clear about heavy metals testing

Could be better:

  • Doesn’t have an ideal nutrition breakdown

  • Sometimes out of stock due to high popularity

Promix Whey Protein Powder
  • Diet Type: Building Muscle, Improving Recovery, Cutting
  • Suitable for Vegans: No
  • Protein Source: Whey Concentrate
  • Item Weight: 5lb (2.5lb also available)
  • Serving Size: 31g
  • Price per Serving: ~$0.93
  • Protein Percent of Calories: 83%
  • Calories: 120
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fat: 1.5g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Company Founded: 2011
  • Recommended by Athletes: Odell Beckham Jr., Audrey & Nicole Nourse, Rashaad Slowley

Next on our list is Promix’s Whey Protein Powder. This product is very similar to Naked Nutrition with a few key differences.

First, Promix has nearly identical macros to Naked with 120 calories, and 25g of protein. Like Naked, at 83% protein by weight, it doesn’t have the best macro breakdown, but it certainly isn’t terrible. It also has a very similar formula to Transparent Labs as well, featuring the same two ingredients: Grass-Fed Whey Concentrate and Sunflower Lecithin.

Where it ultimately differs from these two products is its fantastic value for money. While being a very similar product, its cost per serving is much lower than its competitors at only ~~$0.93 per serving. On top of this, Promix offers a subscription service which takes 10% off, making it even cheaper. They also offer a “100% Risk-Free Promix Guarantee”, which gives you a 90-day money-back guarantee.

Another pro of this company is its pledge to sustainability. They take part in 1% For the Planet, a charity where they donate 1% of gross sales to environmental causes. They also have more future-thinking packaging that uses 67% less carbon than standard protein tubs.

One downside is that some reviews suggest Promix takes a while to ship out their products, so if you need protein in a hurry, this may not be the best choice for you.

57Expert Score

Promix has nearly identical macros to Naked with 120 calories, and 25g of protein. Like Naked, at 83% protein by weight, it doesn’t have the best macro breakdown, but it certainly isn’t terrible.

Macronutrient breakdown:
9
Taste/Flavor:
10
Nutrition Label Transparency:
10
Fat Content Transparency:
9
Mixability:
9
Value for Money:
10
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Positives:

  • Excellent value for money

  • 10% off subscription service and 90-day money-back guarantee

Could be better:

  • Reviews suggest long shipping times

  • Not the best macro breakdown

6. Ora Organic Vegan Protein – Best for Vegans

Ora Organic Vegan Protein
  • Diet Type: Building Muscle, Improving Recovery, Cutting
  • Suitable for Vegans: Yes
  • Protein Source: Ora Protein Blend (Pea Protein & Rice Protein)
  • Item Weight: 570g
  • Serving Size: 29g
  • Price per Serving: ~$2
  • Protein Percent of Calories: 84%
  • Calories: 110
  • Protein: 23g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Company Founded: 2015
  • Recommended by Athletes: CoupleyFitt, Dr. Sam Attard, Whitney Fransway

Next on our list we have the first vegan protein covered from Ora Organic.

Of course, with vegan proteins you need to accept a slightly lower protein concentration at a slightly higher price point. At 84% protein by calories and ~$2 per serving, this is, unfortunately, one of the least concentrated, and most expensive proteins on our list.

With this being said, there are few vegan proteins that have such a unique formula. Ora uses its own protein blend which uses 16 different superfoods to maximize the micronutrient profile of their drink. There is also 100mg of enzymes in each serving to aid with digestion, and as they say this will “eliminate bloating, and maximize absorption.”

Ora does seem to be aware that their product doesn’t have the best flavor or texture, as they recommend blending the powder with a banana, nut butter, and plant-based milk in their product description. At least they’re honest about their product’s shortcomings!

Overall, this is a great protein powder for vegans and non-vegans alike who want a supplement that puts the focus on micronutrients and gut health above just protein content. With 23g per serving, it will still give you a solid dose of protein in every scoop.

55.5Expert Score

Ora uses its own protein blend which uses 16 different superfoods to maximize the micronutrient profile of their drink. There is also 100mg of enzymes in each serving to aid with digestion, and as they say this will “eliminate bloating, and maximize absorption.”

Macronutrient breakdown:
9
Taste/Flavor:
9.5
Nutrition Label Transparency:
10
Fat Content Transparency:
8.5
Mixability:
9.5
Value for Money:
9
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Positives:

  • Unique blend of 16 superfoods

  • 100mg of digestive enzymes in each serving

  • Completely dairy free

Could be better:

  • Product description suggests poor flavor and mixability

  • Relatively expensive with low protein concentration

Garden of Life Organic Vegan Protein
  • Diet Type: Building Muscle, Improving Recovery, Cutting
  • Suitable for Vegans: Yes
  • Protein Source: Raw Organic Protein Blend (Pea Protein, Brown Rice Protein, Sprouts & Seeds)
  • Item Weight: 560g
  • Serving Size: 28g
  • Price per Serving: ~$1.75
  • Protein Percent of Calories: 73%
  • Calories: 120
  • Protein: 22g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fat: 2.5g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Company Founded: 2000
  • Recommended by Athletes: Nate Diaz, Santia Deck, Lauren Reid & Kelly Collins

Up next we have another vegan protein from a more recognizable brand, Garden of Life.

Similar to Ora Organic, this protein doesn’t have the best macro breakdown, and it is relatively expensive. This product has a 73% concentration, but it does come at a slightly better price point at ~$1.75 per serving.

Also similar to Ora, Garden of Life’s protein comes from a unique proprietary blend. The protein is sourced from a mix of pea protein, brown rice protein, as well as a mix of sprouts and seeds. The product also contains digestive enzymes, as well as 1g of fiber to aid in digestion and satiation.

Garden of Life is also a company committed to sustainability, claiming itself to be the first supplement company certified CarbonFree.

Overall, similar to Ora’s product, this is a great choice for those looking to prioritize the micronutrients and digestibility of their protein powder over the pure protein content. While it does have the lowest protein concentration on our list, it is still a great all around pick – especially for any vegans.

55Expert Score

This protein doesn’t have the best macro breakdown, and it is relatively expensive. This product has a 73% concentration, but it does come at a slightly better price point at ~$1.75 per serving.

Macronutrient breakdown:
9
Taste/Flavor:
9.5
Nutrition Label Transparency:
9.5
Fat Content Transparency:
8.5
Mixability:
9.5
Value for Money:
9
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Positives:

  • Unique protein blend containing sprouts and seeds

  • Solid dose of digestive enzymes and fiber in each serving

Could be better:

  • Relatively low protein concentration, especially for the price

  • Worse mixability and texture than for whey proteins

NOW Sports Nutrition
  • Diet Type: Building Muscle, Improving Recovery, Cutting
  • Suitable for Vegans: No
  • Protein Source: Egg White Powder
  • Item Weight: 544g
  • Serving Size: 20g
  • Price per Serving: ~$1.11
  • Protein Percent of Calories: 80%
  • Calories: 80
  • Protein: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Company Founded: 1968
  • Recommended by Athletes: Dan McDonogh, Bianca Summer Macedo, Danielle Colaprico

Coming next is a product from NOW Sports Nutrition, which is easily the longest standing brand on our list, having been around for over 50 years. This is also the only Egg White protein on our list, making it a great choice for those who follow a dairy free diet.

The egg white formula also makes this the lowest calorie option on our list by a decently wide margin. Unfortunately, this does come at the cost of also having the lowest protein content on our list at only 16g per serving. However, at only 80 calories per serving, this is also by far the lowest calorie option on our list.

Because the product is just egg white powder, it can actually be mixed with a small amount of water and cooked just like regular egg whites. This makes it a great versatile product if you regularly buy egg whites to cook with anyways. At only ~$1.11 per serving, it is quite budget friendly as well!

The tradeoff here is that you will be taking a slightly lower protein content in exchange for lower cost, lower calories, added versatility, and accessibility for those who follow a dairy-free diet.

54.5Expert Score

The egg white formula also makes this the lowest calorie option on our list by a decently wide margin. Unfortunately, this does come at the cost of also having the lowest protein content on our list at only 16g per serving.

Macronutrient breakdown:
9
Taste/Flavor:
8.5
Nutrition Label Transparency:
9
Fat Content Transparency:
10
Mixability:
9
Value for Money:
9
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Positives:

  • Lowest calorie option on our list

  • Can be used as an egg-white substitute

  • Affordable price at only ~$1.11 per serving

Could be better:

  • Lowest protein content on our list

  • Specific taste

9. Raw Grass Fed Whey – Budget Pick

Raw Grass Fed Whey
  • Diet Type: Building Muscle, Improving Recovery, Cutting
  • Suitable for Vegans: No
  • Protein Source: Whey Concentrate
  • Item Weight: 5lb
  • Serving Size: 25g
  • Price per Serving: ~$0.88
  • Protein Percent of Calories: 86%
  • Calories: 97.5
  • Protein: 21g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Company Founded: 2016

Finally, one of the smaller companies on our list, Raw Organic Whey offers one of the simplest and least processed protein powders on the market.

The cheapest option on our list at ~$0.88 per serving, you also won’t be sacrificing quality at this price point. The only ingredient in this protein is Grass-Fed whey protein concentrate. The main downside is that the protein content is relatively low at only 21g per serving, but at only 97.5 calories per serving, this is still pretty solid.

The company prides itself on processing their whey at low temperatures as well, which leads to a non-denatured protein. They go on to claim they have the highest protein concentration among grass-fed whey, which, unfortunately, is not true (Transparent Labs has a protein concentration 7% higher).

To get a product that’s so high quality at such a low price point is very rare, however. If you’re looking for a protein sourced from high-quality dairy at an affordable price point, this is a great option for you.

54Expert Score

The cheapest option on our list at ~$0.88 per serving, you also won’t be sacrificing quality at this price point. The only ingredient in this protein is Grass-Fed whey protein concentrate.

Macronutrient breakdown:
10
Taste/Flavor:
9
Nutrition Label Transparency:
8
Fat Content Transparency:
9
Mixability:
8
Value for Money:
10
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Positives:

  • Most affordable option on our list

  • High-quality ingredients

  • Single ingredient product

Could be better:

  • Not the best macronutrient breakdown

  • Claims of having the highest protein concentration among grass-fed whey powders is slightly misleading

What is Clean Whey Protein Powder?

Clean whey protein powder is a supplement that has very few ingredients, and a macronutrient profile that is as close to 100% protein as possible. In real life, you want at least 80% protein by calories. Higher concentrations of protein look good on paper, but add significantly to the cost. Whether you want that is your choice.

In most cases, it is recommended to choose a protein product that has a minimal number of ingredients, preferably no more than 2-3. However, it is worth noting that having just one ingredient is not always feasible or desirable.

One common ingredient added to protein powders is lecithin, which serves the purpose of improving the mixability of the protein and preventing clumping in the container. Lecithin is a mixture of fats that are essential for the cells in the human body. It is typically derived from plant sources such as soybeans or sunflowers. It is considered a safe substance and plays a significant role in enhancing the texture and taste of the protein drink. Therefore, omitting lecithin from the formulation may negatively impact the overall quality and palatability of the product.

In the case of plant-based proteins, a mix of several protein sources can be helpful to balance the amino acid composition. Therefore, more ingredients may be observed here.

We did our best to curate this list based on which proteins had the fewest ingredients and best macro breakdowns.

What more do you want from a clean protein? The absence of heavy metals, preferably confirmed by third-party tests, is an important point.

One more factor to consider is whether or not the dairy being used was sourced from grass-fed cows. Grass-fed cow's milk tends to have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health, brain function, and reducing inflammation. It may also have higher levels of certain vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, beta-carotene, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a fatty acid with potential health benefits.

These cows tend to be happier and healthier, which leads to a higher quality milk product. Although it can be debated whether or not this matters when it comes to whey, it’s something to keep in mind when making a decision.

athlete back squat

Which is Better: Whey or Plant-Based Protein Powder?

This will ultimately come down to a matter of personal preference, and diet. If you follow a plant-based diet, then you will obviously prefer plant-based protein. However, even if you aren’t completely plant-based, you may still opt for a non-dairy based protein. The main differences between plant-based and whey proteins come in terms of overall nutrition, flavor, texture, allergen content (for some people it is soy, for some - milk proteins) and price.

In terms of nutrition, whey protein is the clear winner, often having up to 10 more grams of protein per serving than their plant based counterparts.

When it comes to flavor and texture, whey proteins are often the clear winners as well. Plant-based proteins have come a long way in these regards over the last few years, but they still aren’t on the same level as whey powders. Whey tends to be much smoother and have a generally more pleasing taste than plant-based powders.

Finally, there’s the matter of price, where whey once again comes out on top. Because vegan proteins are a more specialty product, they are often more expensive than whey – especially if you want something high quality. It is possible to find cheap vegan protein, just be aware they will usually have very poor taste and texture.

Overall, if you’re comfortable with dairy products, we recommend sticking with whey protein. However, if you follow a vegan diet, there are plenty of quality options out there – the 2 vegan proteins on our list being great examples.

female athlete clean

Checklist to Find the Cleanest Protein Powders?

1. Ingredient List

The first thing you’ll want to check when looking for a clean protein powder is how many ingredients it contains. If a protein has very few filler ingredients, it is likely to be cleaner all around. With many proteins containing controversial artificial ingredients and even things like heavy metals and BPA. If you’re concerned about the presence of heavy metals, go with a protein like Naked which proudly displays its heavy metal testing results. This will ensure you’re getting the safest protein powder possible.

Note that vegan proteins will likely have more ingredients because of the protein blends they use. However, you can still ensure there are no artificial or unfamiliar ingredients before making a purchase.

2. Nutritional Information

Once you’ve found a protein with minimal ingredients, check the nutritional information to make sure the macronutrient breakdown is in line with your goals. Higher calories are fine if you’re bulking, but if you’re looking to lose weight, you may want to find a product ~100-120 calories per serving. Also, for whey protein you won’t want a protein concentration less than 80%; for vegan proteins, you won’t want a concentration under 70% as well.

athlete deadlifting outdoors

What to Mix Protein With for Better Taste?

If you’re concerned about protein tasting chalky or mixing poorly, we recommend blending it with the following ingredients to improve the taste – and add a boost of nutrition!

1. Milk

If you’re just mixing your protein with water, it will likely taste chalky and unpleasant, especially if it’s unflavored. This is why we recommend mixing with milk – either dairy or plant-based – instead for a richer, creamier flavor. This is especially good if you’re bulking as milk will give an extra boost of calories and protein. On top of this, it’s a great source of calcium, B vitamins, and Potassium.

2. Fruit

Next, blending your protein powder into a smoothie with fruit like bananas, strawberries, or blueberries, will drastically improve the taste. Especially when it comes to berries, this may be a great choice for people cutting as they are relatively low-calorie and dense in micronutrients. Bananas are a better choice for those bulking as they are slightly higher calorie, while still being very healthy. They also pair perfectly with the next ingredient on our list…

3. Nut Butters

To make a high calorie, nutrient dense shake for bulking, it doesn’t get much easier and tastier than mixing protein, milk, bananas, and nut butter. Keep in mind, we recommend going with a natural nut butter to avoid any unnecessary fillers or preservatives. Different nut butters all have their own unique micronutrient profiles, so experiment with different kinds to see which you prefer!

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FAQ

Is Clean Protein Good?

Of course! Clean protein can be qualified as any protein that has minimal, hiqh-quality ingredients, and has a solid nutritional profile. These are not only beneficial for recovering from tough exercise, but they can taste pretty great as well if prepared into a smoothie with some of the ingredients listed above.

What is the Best Non-Chalky Protein Powder?

While whey proteins are likely less chalky than plant-based alternatives, our pick for the best overall non-chalky protein is Transparent Labs Whey Protein Isolate. Mixing protein into a smoothie with milk, fruit, and nut butter will help mask any chalky texture even more!

Conclusion

Finding a protein that you’re sure is as clean as possible can be tough, which is why we compiled this list of the cleanest protein powders available today. Our top pick is Transparent Labs Whey Protein Isolate, but all of the options on our list are great picks as well!

Do you have a favorite clean protein powder? Have you tried out any of the products on our list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • 1% For The Planet // 1% For The Planet: https://www.onepercentfortheplanet.org/
  • The hidden dangers of protein powders // Harvard Medical School: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-hidden-dangers-of-protein-powders
  • Milk // HSPH: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/milk/
  • Berries are among the healthiest foods you can eat // HSPH: https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/fresh-berries-are-among-the-healthiest-foods-you-can-eat/
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  • Nut Butter // Dinner Tonight: https://dinnertonight.tamu.edu/nut-butter/

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With over 20 years in Olympic Weightlifting, our team does its best to provide the audience with ultimate support and meet the needs and requirements of advanced athletes and professional lifters, as well as people who strive to open new opportunities and develop their physical capabilities with us.

All products we select are primarily approved and tested by the Olympic Weightlifting Champion Oleksii Torokhtiy. Under his guidance, we provide honest and reasonable assessments of the products we review by checking their characteristics, packaging, design, comfort and durability features, and general product rating. We select products from only high-quality and trusted sports brands, thus vouching for their quality.

The product testing process is described in more detail here
Oleksandr Maksymenko

Sports Nutritionist, MSc

Experience: 7 years

Specializing in: Weight management, Fitness / Sports nutrition

Oleksandr is a professional fitness nutritionist, certified by FPA (Fitness Professional Association). Oleksandr adheres to the principles of evidence-based dietetics and instills in his clients a healthy relationship with food - without strict prohibitions on favorite foods and regular disruptions. His main task – not only get a result for you, but also maintain it for many years, enjoying tasty and delicious food.


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This article was written by our qualified author and proofread by expert with proven experience. When writing the article we use our expertise and data from open sources with strong reputation, scientific or medical based. The list of references is provided at the end of the article.


Our team of authors and experts includes professional athletes (Olympians, winners of European and World titles) PhD in Sport Science, certified coaches, sports nutritionists, CSCP, physiotherapists and other. Read more about the team here, and more about how we test here.

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