Trying to clean up your diet? Then you’ll probably want to clean up your supplements, too. Luckily, it’s easier than ever before to find naturally flavored, sweetened, and colored sports nutrition supps. From pre-workout to protein to aminos, here are some of the most delicious and efficacious.
Want to reap the muscle-building benefits of whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate? BodyTech’s blend provides quick but sustained fuel for recovery. Every scoop packs 24 grams of high-quality protein, a high concentration of BCAAs, and a combo of enzymes for digestion and absorption. Best part: The naturally-flavored Chocolate and Vanilla proteins are sweetened with stevia and free of anything artificial.
Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard Whey is a longtime favorite of shaker cups everywhere—and it’s naturally-flavored options are just as epic. Made with whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate, they offer the punch of protein and amino acids you expect—without any artificial flavors or sweeteners.
If you’re looking for something clean, plant-based, and nutritionally comparable to whey, Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard Plant Protein delivers. Made with pea, brown rice, and sacha inchi proteins, every scoop contains a complete amino acid profile and 24 grams of protein, along with vitamin C and vitamin B12.
Purported to be the least-processed whey protein in the game, native whey is filtered directly from milk and loaded with leucine. Ascent’s protein provides 25 grams of quality whey in every scoop, so you can perform and recover at your best.
In addition to Chocolate and Vanilla Bean, you can also try it in light and fruity Lemon Sorbet and rich Chocolate Peanut Butter. (FYI: The Chocolate Peanut Butter is made with real peanuts, so you can expect spot-on flavor.)
If a super-simple isolate is what you seek, look no further. True Athlete’s all-natural, hormone-free whey protein isolate offers 25 grams of protein per scoop of pure, tasty Chocolate or Vanilla goodness. Made with tested and trusted ingredients, you’ll feel good about putting it in your shaker cup day after day.
Aminos + Intra-Workouts
Fans of Xtend BCAAs will love Xtend Free BCAAs, which skip artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Both the Crisp Apple and Strawberry Kiwi flavors are sweetened with stevia and provide Xtend’s usual formula of recovery- and progress-boosting ingredients. In addition to seven grams of BCAAs, every serving also provides citrulline (for circulation), glutamine (for recovery), and electrolytes (for hydration and performance).
In every two-scoop serving, you’ll score five grams of essential amino acids along with 100 milligrams of caffeine from green tea and green coffee bean extracts.
To prime your body to perform naturally, Ascent’s pre-workout formula combines a small amount of whey protein isolate with the amino acid leucine, electrolytes magnesium and sodium, 150 milligrams of caffeine from green coffee bean extract, and some vitamin D.
This plant-powered pre-workout gets its energizing effect from a blend of green coffee bean, yerba mate, matcha, and herbs eleuthero and ginseng. From there, it supports nitric oxide production with beets and other veggies, hydration with electrolyte-rich coconut water, and focus with adaptogenic herbs.
Organic beets, apples, and berries power its fruity flavor. A touch of stevia and monk fruit add sweetness.
This all-in-one pre-workout powder supports muscle endurance, performance, and energy naturally. Along with AstraGin, a trademarked blend of ginseng and astragalus that supports nutrient absorption, it also provides creatine, arginine, beta-alanine, and caffeine.