9 Protein Powders That Actually Taste Delicious
In the blur of a chaotic weekday, grabbing the most convenient things for a breakfast on the run, a lunch spent at your desk, or even a dinner that doesn't require cooking is sometimes hard to avoid. Making sure whatever you're eating has enough protein to actually sustain you through a busy day can be challenging. Aside from keeping you full for a longer stretch of time, a protein-rich diet can also help with losing weight and gaining muscle mass. In this POPSUGAR interview with Sports dietician Hillary Ake, MS, RD, LD, CSSD, she recommends having protein take up 10-35 percent of your daily food intake.
Incorporating a protein powder into your diet can be an easy way to transform almost anything into a protein-packed snack, drink, or meal. Finding a protein powder that's palatable can be another challenge. Whether you prefer one that is flavorless and can go undetected or are searching for something flavorful that will enhance the taste of whatever you're adding it to, we've rounded up the best-tasting protein powders you'll look forward to using. From plant-based protein powders to grass-fed and pasture-raised collagen peptide powders, shop our favorites ahead.
Best Pumpkin Spice-Flavored Protein Powder
Orgain Pumpkin Spice Protein Powder ($18, originally $24)
Hack your way to a healthier pumpkin spice latte by blending a scoop of this protein powder into your cup of coffee. It's an organic, vegan option with 21 grams of protein and happens to be an editor favorite. Aside from coffee, it's also delicious in oatmeal, pancakes, cookies, and more. For more details, check out our Orgain Pumpkin Spice Protein Powder review.
Best Vanilla-Flavored Protein Powder
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Vanilla ($20, originally $30)
If you'd prefer a collagen powder that acts as a flavor booster, opt for this protein powder instead. Blended with natural vanilla and a hint of stevia, it adds a bit of sweetness to everything. It dissolves equally well in hot or cold liquids, so you can experiment with adding it to tea, coffee, or smoothies.
Best Flavorless Protein Powder
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Unflavored ($23, originally $27)
The addition of collagen in a protein powder also works wonders for skin and bones. If your definition of a good-flavored protein powder is one that takes a backseat to whatever it's being added to, you'll love this. Our former editor Christina Stiehl relied on it for giving everything from zero-calorie coffee to vegetable soup a hearty boost of protein. Read all about her experience in this Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Powder review.
Best Plant-Based Protein Powder
Developed by the Tone It Up team, this plant-based protein powder is loaded with 15 grams of protein and 110 calories per serving. Made with pea and chia-seed proteins and oat milk, its creamy vanilla flavor blends beautifully in everything from lattes to chia-seed pudding.
Best Chai Protein Powder
If you love the taste of chai, this protein powder is definitely worth trying. It's an Ayurvedic-inspired blend that gives everything from overnight oats to coffee a warm and fragrant punch of flavor. Our editor was drawn to its rich notes of cardamom, chocolate, and chai spice and notes that it doesn't make her feel bloated like some whey-based and soy-based protein powders can. Read all about her experience in this Elements Truffles Vegan Protein Powder review.
Best Chocolate Protein Powder
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard 100% Plant Based Protein Powder ($32, originally $34)
Full of rich, fudge flavor, this protein powder is one of Peloton instructor Tunde Oyeneyin's must-have products. Oyeneyin throws this into everything from protein pancakes to smoothies. "I made the switch to plant protein a few months ago. I'm not actually a vegan, I just really enjoy that with Optimum Nutrition's Plant Protein, I can get 24 grams of protein from vegetables," she says.
Best Berry-Flavored Protein Powder
Vega Sport Premium Vegan Protein Powder ($32, originally $47)
When you want to blend up a smoothie that rivals your favorite fruity options at Jamba Juice, this protein powder in the berry flavor is a great option. Filled with a whopping 30 grams of protein, it's exceptional at supporting post-workout recoveries. If you're short on time, you can even shake it up with water for a protein drink that literally takes seconds to make.
Best Mocha-Flavored Protein Powder
Sunwarrior Protein Warrior Blend ($40, originally $45)
Coffee-lovers will crave this protein powder in the mocha flavor. It has 16 grams of protein and combines a mixture of pea protein, super antioxidants, goji berries, MCTs, legumes, and ground coconut. Perfect for adding to all of your DIY Frappuccinos, it's a welcome switch-up from the usual chocolate and vanilla flavors.
Best Low-Sugar Protein Powder
KOS Vegan Protein Powder ($40, originally $50)
If you're looking for a plant-based protein powder that's also low in sugar, you have to try this option by KOS. Our former editor put it to the ultimate test by mixing it with nothing but water and ice to see if she actually enjoyed the flavor and could detect any weird texture or after taste — it passed! If your protein powder dream list includes things like being non-GMO, plant-based, organic, gluten-free, low-sugar, low-carb, with essential vitamins and minerals, we've found your match. For more details, check out this KOS Vegan Protein Powder review.