Trying to find a good tasting protein drink to take while you are on the go can be a challenge as you don't know what the convenient store is going to carry or what to even order online. I wanted to list out 5 that I thought would get you started on your search that you should consider looking at. These are protein sport drinks pre-made not protein powder mix. You will pay a bit more for the convenience of vs buying a huge tub of your favorite protein and mixing it up manually.
Why Protein ?
Protein plays such a crucial role in losing weight, staying healthy and helping your muscles recovery after a hard strength training workout or endurance workout. You can also use protein shakes for meal replacements that can help with your weight loss goals. These are awesome to use for mid-morning or mid-afternoon meals where you are looking for a 100-200 calorie snack. It's fast and effective that anyone can do it without excuses!
Consider your goal when you are looking for a good protein drink. Is it for recovery, a meal replacement, do I need it to supplement my recovery meal etc... Knowing this ahead of time will help you decide what amount of protein and calories you are looking for.
The ones below are protein drinks I would consider ordering to have on stand by or I would by in a pinch.
#5 Labrada Nutrition Lean Body Protein Drink
These you will have to order online ahead of time and come in a pack of 12. It contains 25 grams of protein in it and is sugar and lactose free!
#4 Nutrition 53 Lean1 Shake
This one comes in a power form that you mix up. You would have to order this online. It's not just a protein drink though. It has seventeen different organic fruit and vegetables in it and it is actually gluten free. You will find that it has 20 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber and sporting 27 different vitamins and minerals. One thing to note on this is that it does contain caffeine to help speed up your metabolism to burn fat.
#3 EAS AdvantEDGE Protein Drink
You will definitely find this one at target, wal-mart or other stores that you can swing in and buy this individually when you are needing something right now. Otherwise you can order these in bulk for the best price. Each shake has 17 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of carbs and is sugar free. EAS did add in twenty three minerals and vitamins to balance it all off.
#2 Pure Protein Ready to drink protein shake
I have seen these at wal-mart or online at amazon where you can buy them in a pack of 12. There is a a high amount of protein in this one at 35 grams. I love that there is only 1 gram of sugar and 1 gram of fat. The carbs are only 4grams as well. This is a great drink that you can add to a meal and not put on extra pounds or a great option for a recovery drink 30 minutes have a hard workout.
#1 CytoSport Muscle Milk Protein Shake
You will pretty much find this one any where. I buy this all the time heading in to work for breakfast or after a workout when I forgot to bring in my powder mix. It's gluten and lactose free containing 20 minerals and vitamins. You will get 25 grams of protein in one serving as well. It does come in different versions though so that you can go one with lighter calories at a 100 or one that has 200 plus calories. I would go with the 100 calories when it's a substitute for a mid-morning or afternoon snack.
I'll add to this as I come across the best protein drinks to write about. Feel free to comment below on any of the personal ones you like or think I should mention.