If you struggle to stomach traditional protein powders – whey, vegan or otherwise – clear protein is the new innovation shaking up the world of post-workout recovery.
More fruit squash than chocolate milkshake, these powders are easy to mix, light and refreshing.
It’s still an emerging product, so you won’t find the huge range on offer for more conventional powders, but to help you make the right choice we’ve rounded up five of the most effective options on the market right now.
MF BEST BUY:
PhD Smart Clear Whey
Quite simply the best clear protein we tested, PhD’s refreshing Smart Clear Whey is high in protein (20g per serving) but low in both sugar (less than 1g) and calories (85kcals).
Try the Orange Margarita flavour for a dose of great-tasting hot-weather recovery.
Naturecan Clear Whey Protein Isolate
From a company committed to high-quality ingredients, Naturecan’s clear protein contains nothing but natural goodness in the form of 21g protein per serving, zero sugar, zero fat and just 85 calories.
The juicy Tropical flavour gets MF’s seal of approval.
Bulk Clear Whey Isolate
A competitive 20g protein per serving means Bulk’s offering stands up to most whey powders, and each of the fruity flavours (Cherry Bomb gets the nod for us) are perfectly suited to the heat of summer.
My Protein Clear Whey Isolate
Made from high-quality hydrolysed whey protein isolate, My Protein’s offering comes in 11 flavours and packs 20g protein per serving, as well as 4g performance-boosting branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and 3g immune-boosting glutamine.
The Protein Works Clear Diet Whey
Three cocktail-inspired recipes make up TPW’s clear protein range, with each providing 16g protein per serving, along with BCAAs and energy-boosting green tea extract.
For anyone trying to trim down for summer, there’s also an impressive return of less than 70 calories.