Maintaining a high protein intake while following a ketogenic way of eating is crucial. Eating a sufficient amount of protein per day helps prevent muscle loss during weight loss. Protein also promotes fullness – even more than fat for some people!
While the ideal source of protein is always whole plants or animals than their derived powders, protein powders can prove very helpful to people (like me!) who struggle with eating multiple chicken thighs or two steaks or a ton of silken tofu every day or half a dozen eggs every day.
There are three best keto protein powders in my pantry at any given time:
- Vega Protein Powder (4g net carb per serving)
- Premier Protein – Whey Protein Powder (with 2 g net carb)
- Vital Proteins (with 0 g net carbs)
1. Vega PROTEIN powder
This protein powder is vegan. It tastes very chocolatey. It thickens nicely when added to water. It is sweetened with stevia and has no soluble fiber source, so there’s no doubt that it truly has only 4g net carbs. It’s very well-priced, at less than $1.50 per serving. It’s best either on its own mixed in water or with Vital Peptides. It does not bake into desserts very well.
2. Premier Protein Whey Powder
This protein powder is great for mixing into desserts or other drinks you plan to flavor with other additions (for example, I use it in my keto mocha frappe). I don’t especially like it mixed by itself in water, though. It is excellently priced at about $1.07 per serving. The chocolate flavor doesn’t actually taste that chocolatey, so I always use extra cocoa powder when I’m adding it to anything. It has some sucralose (which raises blood sugar more than erythritol or stevia) and also soluble corn fiber (which can also raise blood sugar), making me questions its claim of having only 2 g net carbs. But overall, I still think it’s a pretty good protein powder, and I use it frequently.
3. VITAL PROTEINS
This protein powder is really a massive collagen boost. I use it in hopes to strengthen my nails and keep my hair thick and strong even while losing weight. It dissolves quickly in warm water, and a little more slowly in most cold liquids. It is almost entirely flavorless and is easily added to any liquid-based recipe.