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The 5 healthiest protein powders

In an ideal world, you’d get all of the important nutrients your body needs, including protein, from whole foods, says Manhattan nutritionist Sharon Richter, RD, “but there are always situations where it’s useful to have protein shakes It’s just convenient and easy”

There’s just one little problem Choosing a protein powder can be complicated, thanks to many bodybuilding brands using low-quality ingredients and then adding in all kinds of unnecessary, unhealthy…stuff, like fructose, artificial sweeteners, and artificial flavors “The best question to ask yourself is, ‘what has ingredients that are the simplest and are things that we know?'” Richter explains In case you have better things to do than read New Yorker-story-length ingredient labels, the info is all here for you

After comparing more than 25 popular brands on the market with Richter’s help, these five clean, healthy protein powders topped our list (including vegan options), so you can feel really good about blending them up Here they are, listed in no particular order (with handy per-ounce price comparisons so your wallet retains muscle, too)

Originally published January 21, 2016, updated June 13, 2016

Keep reading to find out which five protein powders are the very best

Naked Protein

Price Check: $112 per ounce

Body Ecology Fermented Protein Shake

“It’s like I went to a juice bar and told them what to put in,” Richter jokes of how close Body Ecology’s ingredients are to whole foods, even if the list is a little longer than it needs to be Think pea protein concentrate paired with bonus health boosters like organic mushrooms, which have great health benefits, and kelp And for those who have digestion issues with straight protein, it’s fermented and comes with probiotics They’ve kind of thought of everything, but it’ll cost you

Price Check: $293 per ounce

Aloha Protein

Aloha’s powder provides complete protein for vegans (which is still not easy to come by) via a mix of pea, pumpkin seed, and hemp seed It’s made with almost all organic ingredients, and has USDA certification Because Aloha only uses real foods in the formulation, even the flavoring is healthy, and comes from things like vanilla bean and cinnamon, so it tastes way better than your standard powder, too

Price Check: $178 per ounce (with a larger serving size than the others, so you’re getting slightly less for your money)

ProMix Grass-Fed Whey Protein

Price Check: $1 per ounce, *Best Value!

Vega Clean Protein

Another great pick for vegetarians and vegans, Vega’s formulation starts with a base of pea, hemp seed, and pumpkin seed protein, but adds in alfalfa It includes the typically hard-to-know-what-they-are “natural flavors,” but in super tiny amounts, and the company also breaks down the amino acid profile for you on the label, if that’s something you’re into

Price Check: $177 per ounce

OK, so you have your protein powder all picked out So what do you put them in? These smoothie recipes have you covered And if you want to do a deep dive into the world of protein, this protein guide is about to be your new best friend

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