Follow up your workouts with one of these protein-packed drinks for optimal recovery.
PowerCrunch Proto Whey
The cookies and crème flavor of Proto Whey tastes like a concentrated version of cookies and cream ice cream, and has actual cookie bits that would make for a sweet tooth-satisfying smoothie. The mix is sold in 2-pound or 5-pound tubs, and each serving contains sodium, potassium and 20 grams of protein. Also available in vanilla crème, café mocha and double chocolate. $45.99 for 26-serving 2-pound tub, Powercrunch.com for locations
Available in berry, vanilla and chocolate, this nutrient-rich drink is packed with 25 grams of protein, plus several unique ingredients—the berry flavor includes Sambazon açai fruit powder (high in antioxidants), maca root powder (increases stamina and combats fatigue) and beet powder and juice (increases oxygen efficiency to working muscles). We found the berry version to be slightly chalky when mixed with water, so we’d recommend mixing it into a post-workout smoothie. Also available in single-serving packets. $49.95 for 18-serving 2-pound bag, Bquicknutrition.com
This organic protein shake is a convenient pre-made drink, perfect for a post-workout treat or even in place of breakfast. Our favorite flavor was cappuccino, which is made with organic coffee and organic soymilk, and tastes similar to a bottled Starbucks Frappuccino. Also available in vanilla, chocolate and spiced chai, each 11-ounce drink contains 11 grams of protein, is sweetened with stevia and is gluten-free and vegan. $2.25 for 11 ounces, Sveltebrand.com