How to Find Tested and True Nutrition Drinks & Protein Powders – Online Reference Guide

Nutrition drinks and powders share a distinguishing characteristic from most other beverages.  They both offer high protein content (ranging from about 10 to 50 grams per serving), as well as added vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplement ingredients.

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Nutrition drinks typically can be found in ready-to-use cans or bottles and are marketed as dieting aids, meal replacements, energy boosters, endurance/recovery products, and as concentrated sources of protein.  The powders typically come in canisters or packets ready to be mixed with water, milk, juice, or other beverage.

Although the nutrition bars must have a sufficient amount of carbohydrates to give them a reasonable texture, feel and taste, protein/nutrition powders and drinks do not. Consequently, makers of nutrition powders and drinks have a great deal of flexibility in the nutritional content of these products. For example, it is quite possible to find powders and drinks with half the fat and carbohydrates of most nutrition bars, while often offering twice the protein.

With powders, however, these nutrition numbers can change significantly depending on the liquid with which you choose to mix the powder.  Drinks and powders tend to have slightly fewer calories per serving than bars, but again, this may not be the case if a powder is mixed with a high-calorie liquid, such as a whole milk.

 Claims and Purported Use

Just as nutrition bars offer a convenient means to supplement you diet, nutrition drinks and powders can do the same, but with less carbohydrates, if chosen by the manufacturer.  Protein drinks provide extra protein for those looking to tone up and build muscle, while recovery drinks offer an easy means to improve the body’s speed of recovery after training, exercise, competitions, etc.


Atkins Day Break Shake

Atkins Day Break Shake, 11 Ounce

Slim-Fast Optima® Chocolate Royale Shake Mix

Slim Fast Original, Meal Replacement Shake Mix, Rich Chocolate Royal, 12.83 Ounce (Pack of 3)


Isagenix Isalean, Natural Vanilla

Isalean Shake - Natural Creamy French Vanilla 840g

Garden of Life® Raw™ Organic Meal*

Garden of Life RAW Organic Meal 32 oz (908g) Powder (Packaging May Vary)

GNC Total Lean™ Lean Shake™, Chocolate

GNC Total Lean - Lean Shake, Swiss Chocolate - 27 lb


Body Fortress® Super Advanced Whey Protein – Chocolate

Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein Powder, Chocolate, 2 Pound

EAS® 100% Whey Protein Chocolate

EAS 100% Whey Protein Powder, Chocolate, 5lb Tub (More Sizes Available)

 GNC Pro Performance® Mass Gainer, Chocolate Flavor

GNC Pro Performance Mass Gainer Complex, Double Chocolate, 2.5 lbs

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard™ 100% Whey Double Rich Chocolate*

Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard, Double Rich Chocolate 2 Pound

 Jay Robb™ Whey Protein Vanilla

Jay Robb - Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate Powder, Outrageously Delicious, Vanilla, 23 Servings (24 oz)

 TwinLab® 100% Whey Protein Fuel Chocolate Surge

Twinlab 100% Whey Protein Fuel, Chocolate Surge, 1 Pound

for Vegetarians/Vegans

Nature’s Way Alive! Pea Protein Shake

Nature's Way Alive! PEA Protein Shake, Vanilla, 1.2 Pound

Nutivia Organic Hemp Protein

Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein 15g, 3-Pound Bag

Vega Sport Performance (Vegan)*

Vega Sport Performance Protein Powder, Vanilla, 29.2 oz

Genisoy® Soy Protein Shake, Chocolate

Genisoy Soy Protein Shake, Chocolate Protein Shake, 22.2-Ounce Canisters (Pack of 2)

for RECOVERY (post workout)

BSN Syntha-6 Chocolate Milkshake

BSN SYNTHA-6 Protein Powder - Chocolate Milkshake, 5.0 lb (48 Servings)

Endurox® R4® Fruit Punch

Endruox R4 Performance Recovery Drink Fruit Punch Endurox 4.63 lbs Powder

Selected Potential Side Effects

A few products (not listed above) have raised some concerns due to potentially high levels of lead or lead contamination and it is always advised to consult with a physician prior to using a dietary supplement.

Selected Drug Interactions

No cases have been reported.

Suggested Dosage

The ADA (American Dietetic Association) has different protein recommendations for different activity levels.

Sedentary folks ~ is 0.4g/pound of body weight

Endurance athletes ~ 0.55-0.65g/pound of body weight

Strength training athletes ~0.65g-0.80g/pound of body weight

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Tested and True: Nutrition Drinks & Powders

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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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