Found: A Plant-Based Protein Powder That Tastes Good In Anything

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We used to think that in order to perform at a high level, we had to pack our diets full of animal products like meat, dairy, and eggs. And while these foods can still be part of a healthy diet, thanks to some notable professional athletes, we now know that choosing a more plant-based diet won’t stand in the way of us and our fitness goals.

So whether you’re a vegan, devoted omnivore, athlete, or someone who just wants more energy to take on your day, a plant-based protein powder is a great way to fuel your body. That being said, choosing the right protein powder matters more than you might think, which bring us to our next point:

When it comes to protein powder, quality is everything.

Just walk down the aisle at the grocery store or scroll through pages online: You can’t deny the sheer number of protein powders on the market. That’s why it’s important to find a brand you trust to deliver the protein you need in a way that is safe and effective. Optimum Nutrition has been a trusted name for decades, and, lucky us, they just released their first plant-based products that are organic, non-GMO, and completely free of artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Why is Optimum Nutrition so trusted? For starters, a Certificate of Analysis is required for every ingredient, and quality assurance performs daily inspections of their facilities.

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Plus, did you know that not all individual plant proteins are complete proteins? It’s true. Unless you’re eating soy or quinoa, you want to look for a supplement product that is a blend of different plant proteins to deliver all of the essential amino acids in sufficient quantities. Optimum Nutrition’s GOLD STANDARD 100% PLANT™ contains a blend of pea, brown rice, and sacha inchi proteins and has 24 grams per serving, 4 grams of naturally occurring glutamine, and 100 percent of the daily value of vitamin C as an added bonus.

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Right after protein powder quality comes taste and mixability.

We can have the highest quality protein powder in the world, but if it doesn’t taste good, it probably won’t leave the kitchen cabinet. Optimum Nutrition's plant-based protein powder tastes great, making it a favorite of athletes everywhere. It also comes in chocolate and vanilla (and soon-to-be-released mixed berry) flavors, so you can switch it up depending on your mood.

If you have a high-quality and great-tasting protein powder, you’re almost there—but the last puzzle piece is how well it mixes. This one’s a deal breaker—there’s nothing worse than a chalky powder that can’t seem to avoid turning into a clumpy mess. You need a protein blend that can easily be mixed with water, milk, nut milk, a smoothie, or even oatmeal. Luckily, GOLD STANDARD 100% PLANT™ gets an A+ grade in mixability. It’s a great on-the-go option for a morning, midday or post-workout protein boost.

Your health is of the utmost importance, and if you’re going to the gym and looking for a plant-based source of protein, you’re already putting in the time and effort required to stay healthy and strong long-term. Your protein powder, which helps fuel you after your workouts or before you take on the day, is no place to cut corners.

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