YES! These 6 Unflavored Protein Powders Are Best for Your Smoothie

6 of the best unflavored and tasteless protein powder You Can Feel Good About Adding to Your Smoothie

Do you love eating clean? Do you consider yourself the Smoothie Queen or King? Or do you embrace a high protein, a wheat-free way of eating, cooking and baking?

If yes, then I’m sure you have experienced the frustration of trying to balance the taste of flavored protein powders, with their added flavors, sugar alcohols and sweeteners, against the culinary concoctions you try to create!

Enter the humble, uncomplicated hero…..

Pure protein powder, unadulterated, nutrient dense and a blank slate on which to stamp your own brand of flavor and goodness.

But how do you find a pure protein powder, unflavored and unsweetened?

There are actually many pure, unflavored protein powders out there, all you have to do is go through the labels and find the brands with the least ingredients.

“Oh no! That will take half my lifetime,” you are thinking.

Well, The Good News Is….. I have done the work for you. To save you the time of going through 100’s of protein powders and reading each label, all you need to do is check out my top 6 picks. All quality, all clean, all reviewed with loving attention to detail. And something to suit everyone.

Unflavored vs Flavored Protein Powders

Unflavored Protein Powders are Pure 

Unflavored protein powder trumps flavored protein powder for purity. How so? Because they are free from chemicals, additives, sweeteners, and fillers, you get more protein for your punch.

They Are Versatile

This also makes them better value for money and way more versatile because you can use them in baking sweet or savory meals and add them to smoothies for pure protein benefits.

They Provide More Health Benefits

Many people have developed levels of intolerance to gluten and dairy. They aren’t straight out allergic to wheat or dairy, but because of genetically altered crops, our wheat now contains much more gluten than it used to.

This has messed with the way our bodies work to stay healthy and absorb nutrients. Dairy has also been tampered with, and nowadays dairy products are laced with antibiotics and growth hormones that mimic estrogen, which can cause hormone imbalances.

The Health Issues High Protein Diets Can Alleviate

(Please remember that fiber is also important to add to high protein diets.)

  • Insulin resistance
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome

These conditions are all precursors to far more serious illnesses like:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Early-onset Alzheimer’s
  • Premature aging and death

Who Will Benefit From Unflavored Protein Powder?

Weight Watchers

Decades ago, women began taking “diet shakes” to lose weight fast. These out-dated, proprietary formulas were jam-packed with artificial sweeteners and flavors, fillers, emulsifiers, and additives.

Partly to make them palatable and partly to deliver a host of synthetic vitamins and minerals to compensate for the low-calorie, low nutrient diets women were embracing to lose weight fast.

Protein powders today are so pure, they are great for upping protein intake and keeping people on calorie controlled diets, fuller for longer.

They do not, however, act as meal replacements because they are only full of protein and don’t provide the full range of essential vitamins and minerals needed daily.

They do provide essential amino acids, which are the building blocks we need for robust immune systems.

Bodybuilders

The bodybuilding fraternity entirely dominates the scene when it comes to protein powders. And many of them aren’t too fussed about artificial ingredients, as long as they get maximum protein, delivered fast, that tastes good.

But a huge number are switching to clean eating and leaning towards purer forms of protein that are organic and natural and free from anything artificial.

People on Specialized Diet

Many people follow diets that restrict them from having certain foods, for various reasons. This has left proteins as a top trending macronutrient, and as a result protein powders now get used extensively in everyday meal planning.

From baking muffins, pancakes and bread to making smoothies and delicious protein-rich coffees and hot chocolates (I have left some simple, quick recipe hacks after the review) Protein powders are used by people who follow these diets:

Vegan, lacto/ova vegetarians, Paleo, Keto, Intermittent Fasting, Banting Gluten free, Dairy free, Diabetics (Sugar-free), Celiac Disease and the list goes on.

So let’s get started: Oh wait, just a few more things...

The Best Unflavored Protein Powder, concerning biological value, is whey. Whey is not suitable for vegans. BUT whey isolate, as opposed to whey concentrate, is usually lactose-free and therefore safe to take if on a dairy-free diet.

About Lecithin

Lecithin is a natural phospholipid that acts as an emulsifier. It helps to bind water soluble and fat soluble ingredients together. It has its own set of health benefits.

Many pure protein powders will be almost 100% pure but will make up the slight difference by adding soy lecithin. This improves the product because it is lecithin that aids mixability. This results in a smooth, creamy texture, whether you drink, bake or cook with it. If you are allergic to soy, some products use sunflower lecithin instead.

Do Not Use For Weight Reduction

Most protein powders will carry this message on their labels. This is because protein powders, especially unflavored, unsweetened, pure powders, do not have nutritional value or fiber. They are pure protein (protein will, of course, provide amino acids).

So while they are great for boosting protein intake and keeping you satisfied between meals they cannot be used as a meal replacement.

Whey Protein Isolate vs. Whey Protein Concentrate

Basically, isolate is ultrafiltered and contains less than 1% lactose, so it is usually safe for people with lactose sensitivities. The concentrate is considered a dairy product, is less filtered and not safe for those people. Obviously, vegans can’t take either as whey is a by-product of the cheese making process.

Best Unflavored Protein Powders - 2018 Top 6 List

I have chosen the best unflavored protein powder made from whey, as well as a variety of other protein powders. Each type delivers excellent quality, easy to digest proteins, and each one has something unique that may appeal to you.

My reviews focus on good, clean products so you will hardly ever see products that are inferior. I believe in giving good choices and don’t feel the need to bring any attention to poor quality or unethical brands. Life is too short to focus on the negative!

Our Rating: 5/5                      

User Rating: 4.6/5

What’s In It?

  • 100% pure, grass-fed whey concentrate.
  • Protein Profile
  • 21g per serving
  • Sizes and Packaging
  • 5lb (2.27kg) resealable bag
  • 25g = 1 serving
  • 90 servings per bag

Raw Grass Fed Whey sources their whey from small farm cows that graze in pastures filled with a mix of wild grasses and clover. This makes their whey really tasty.

Key Points:

  • Heavy metal free
  • Sustainably sourced from farms with pasture fed, free range cows
  • Only 1 ingredient, no added lecithin, zero additives
  • Processed at low temperatures
  • Processed without acids or bleach
  • Soy and gluten-free
  • non-GMO
  • r-BGH and r-BST free

What I Like About This Product

  • Supports immune system
  • Increases energy and promotes the metabolic rate
  • Increases lean muscle mass decreases body fat
  • Enhances glutathione production
  • Promotes joint health
  • Promotes beneficial bacteria in the gut
  • Rich in Omega 3’s and CLA’s

Drawbacks

May not mix as easily as whey products that contain lecithin, but the taste will make up for it. It has a creamy texture once mixed, it just takes a bit more elbow grease, so you get an extra workout, just kidding, it isn’t so bad. All it means is you must mix whey with some liquid first and then add more liquid. And for baking mix it in with other flours first. Don’t try mixing it alone with your milk or water, it’s just a mission.

Nutricost Whey Protein Isolate (Unflavored): Best Protein Content Per Serving

Our Rating: 4.8/5                      

User Rating: 4.3/5

What’s in it?

  • 100% Pure Protein Whey Isolate
  • Protein Profile
  • 30g per serving
  • 100mg calcium – 8% DV
  • 110mg potassium -2% DV
  • Sizes and Packaging
  • 5lb plastic containers with screw lids
  • 1 serving = 33.3g
  • 68 servings per container

Nutricost also makes grass-fed whey protein concentrate. It is a great example of the difference between isolate and concentrate. Both are 100% pure but isolate delivers 30g per 33.3g serving while the concentrate delivers only 19g per serving.

Both have benefits. Isolate would suit bodybuilders and do well in smoothies. The concentrate is a perfect additive to gluten-free recipes. And mixes into a beautiful creamy texture.

They also offer a grass fed whey protein isolate, which costs a bit more than the regular whey isolate they make. And it also delivers less protein per serving.

It’s quite impressive that the cows fed on a grain-based diet as opposed to a grass-fed diet will yield higher protein per serving. But it gives you, the consumer, the choice as to what you want in your body.

The grass-fed isolate is also r-BGH free and the regular, high protein, isolate is not. Grain fed cows will be bloated and have bad bacteria in their gut. Grass-fed cows are always healthier and happier. So I would choose a company that only deals with grass-fed products, not one that deals with both, but that’s just me.

This Nutricost Whey Protein Isolate is an excellent choice if you need loads of extra protein every day and want the more affordable, high protein per serving product, especially if you don’t have health issues that require cleaner eating.

It is still a pure product, unflavored and unsweetened, with only 1 ingredient.

What I Like About This Product

  • Made in the USA
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten free

Drawbacks

Not suited for vegans. May need to blend with a small amount of liquid first to improve mixability.

How to use

  • 1-2 scoops with 8-16 fl.oz of liquid, hot or cold.
  • Also great for baking, adding to veg.

Isopure Zero Carb Protein Powder: Best Keto Friendly, Unflavored option

Our Rating: 4.5/5                      

User Rating: 4/5

What’s in it?

  • Pure Whey Protein Isolate
  • Soy lecithin
  • Protein profile
  • 25g of protein, per 29g serving. Delivers 50% of protein DV.
  • Sizes and packaging:
  • Screw lid; plastic tub.
  • 3lb (1.36kg) gives 46 servings per container
  • 1 serving = 29g

ISOPURE and Nature’s Best teamed up, in the form of Hal and Ernie. That was 30 years ago and they still going strong. Their products are free from artificial ingredients and fillers.

What I Like About This Product

  • Zero carbs
  • 100% Whey protein isolate
  • Keto Friendly
  • Unflavored and unsweetened
  • Gluten and lactose-free
  • Zero additives
  • Mixes easily, stir, blend or shake (thanks to added soy lecithin)
  • Helps meet daily protein needs
  • Weight maintenance support, keeps you full between meals
  • Muscle building and recovery

Drawbacks

  • Not suited for vegans
  • The product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

tera's Gluten-Free Goat Unsweetened Whey Protein powder: best for lactose intolerant

Our Rating: 4.5/5                      

User Rating: 4.4/5

What’s in it?

  • Goat’s Whey Protein Concentrate
  • Sunflower Lecithin
  • 22g per serving
  • 480mg potassium
  • Calcium – 8% DV
  • All 9 essential amino acids
  • 4,5g BCAA’s per serving
  • Comes in 12 oz (340g) tin with plastic lid, which is really convenient and can be used again afterward to store your grains and pulses. 2 scoops = 1 serving, 1 serving = 28g, 12 servings per container

tera’s Whey is a brand with a simple ethos. Pure Nutrition. Simple Ingredients. Earth Friendly. Their milk is sourced from small farmers, in Wisconsin, where their whey is made.

What I Like About This Product

  • r-BGH and r-BST free
  • Gluten free and Non-GMO
  • Ethically sourced from small farms and artisan cheese makers in Wisconsin
  • Kosher logo
  • Free from artificial ingredients and unnatural sweeteners and flavors
  • Ultrafiltration process means less impact on the end product
  • Offers an alternative to cow’s whey.
  • Closer in composition to human milk, making it easier to digest.
  • Maybe tolerated by people with cow milk allergies.
  • Earth Friendly = locally sourced = lower carbon emissions.

Drawbacks

  • Not suited for vegans.
  • Packed in a factory that uses nuts, soy, milk, egg, and wheat.

How to use

Add 2 scoops to 6-8 fl.oz of liquid. Mix in a shaker or blender.

Garden of Life Organic Vegan Protein Powder: Best Sugar Free, Unflavored option for Vegans

Our Rating: 4.2/5                      

User Rating: 3.7/5

What’s in it?

  • Garden Life’s proprietary blend of raw organic protein from pea protein and sprouts.
  • Organic Sprouts used include brown rice, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, cracked wall chlorella, quinoa, chia, adzuki, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame.
  • Guar gum
  • Carob bean gum
  • Probiotic and digestive enzyme blend.
  • 22g plant protein per serving
  • 1g fiber – 4% DV per serving
  • 4g BCAA’s per serving
  • 3 billion CFU’s per serving
  • 1lb 4oz (568g) or 20 oz., 1 scoop = 28g, 20 servings per container.

I love using Garden of Life products. Their products are clean. From the raw ingredients to their fair trade principles. They believe in a People First Approach. This means the environmental impact concerns them too because people need clean water and clean air.

A portion of every sale goes to one of the charities that Garden of Life supports.

What I like about the product

  • Certified Vegan and Kosher
  • Certified non-GMO project verified
  • Certified USDA organic
  • Raw organic plant formula
  • Zero artificial ingredients
  • Soy and dairy free
  • Supports digestive health
  • Added probiotics (3 billion CFU’s per serving and 13 digestive enzymes)
  • Post workout recovery
  • Contains fat-soluble vitamins A. D, E, and K, created with raw foods

Drawbacks

  • Based on weight not volume, settling may occur.
  • Packed in a factory that uses nuts, soy, eggs, and milk.

How to use

Mix 1 level scoop with 10oz nut milk (like almond, water or other liquid of your choice.

Jay Robb - Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate: Best tasting, Unflavored protein Powder option

Our Rating: 4/5                      

User Rating: 4.4/5

  • Whey Protein Isolate
  • Sunflower lecithin (for better mixability)
  • 26g of protein per serving – 52% DV
  • 380mg potassium – 8% DV
  • 1 serving = 30g = 1 scoop
  • 1.5lbs (680g or 24 oz)
  • 22 servings per resealable pouch
  • Also available in 12oz and 80 oz

Live Without Compromise. This is Jay Rob, diet guru’s motto and it extends to his brand. Established in 1988, the company is still going strong, delivering products made from the best quality, with full transparency.

He sells whey from grass fed cows but explains that sometimes supply is short and when that is the case, they source from nongrass fed establishments but always ensure that the quality is top notch.

So they are a transparent company with good ethics, delivering pure products, free from additives and artificial ingredients.

What I Like About The Product

  • Easy to mix
  • Free from Soy, sugar, lactose, and gluten
  • Non-GMO
  • Zero artificial ingredients
  • Cold processed, cross-flow microfiltration, preserves the integrity of the whey.
  • Builds and repairs muscle
  • Builds new muscle faster
  • Supports metabolism

Drawbacks

  • May not always be pure, grass fed whey.

How to use

1 scoop mixed with 12 fl.oz of liquid

Some Tips For Using Protein Powder To Bake And Cook With

  • When baking, substitute 1/3 of flour with protein powder. (p/p)
  • So if a recipe calls for 3 cups, 1 cup must be protein powder.
  • If recipe calls for 500ml flour, use 165ml p/p.
  • If a recipe calls for 500g use 165 grams p/p and 335g other flours.
  • Other flours that you use may be wheat based or gluten-free. If using gluten-free flours add xanthum gum to bind, or eggs or linseed flour.
  • Use 1 teaspoon xanthum gum per 250ml flour. Use 2 eggs if substituting with eggs and use ½ cup linseed flour, if not using eggs or xanthum.
  • If you want the bread to rise, use bicarb instead of baking powder, or find aluminum-free baking powder. If making pancakes, roti’s, wraps or naan type bread omit bicarb.

Wrapping Up

Choose from our Best Unflavored Protein Powders and let us know how you use yours and why you prefer unflavored protein powders over-sweetened, flavored ones.

Unflavored protein powders give you a quick way to boost your daily protein intake and offer gluten free and high protein options to anyone enjoying specialized diets. Without the additives and artificial ingredients.

They are also excellent for building and repairing muscle, pre or post workout. Take before workouts with a hot coffee brew or after workouts mixed into your favorite smoothie recipe.

They are excellent to add to muffins and provide a high protein breakfast boost for people on the run. They also help support weight loss programs by providing extra protein, that keep you full between meals.

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