Premier Protein Shake Review
Protein can come from a relatively large variety of sources. The most obvious source of protein is from the consumption of whole foods.
Chicken, yogurt, quinoa, steak, fish, and beans are all high in protein. And just about every vegetable and meat contain some level of protein.
This is the healthiest way to get your protein, as it is wholly unprocessed, and also allows for the easy consumption of high levels of vitamins and minerals as well.
In addition to those whole, natural options, there are, of course, the million and one protein powders on the market, boasting a variety of flavors and types, from whey to casein, to hemp and other plant based options, sweetened and unsweetened, etc. etc.
The list goes on and on. There’s a protein powder for every type of athlete.
The way these powders work is in bulk – you purchase a big tub of powder and can mix it in with water, milk, shakes, smoothies, or batters.
Because you are buying in bulk amounts, protein powders generally get you more bang for your buck. But they can often be chalky and disgusting.
Which is why there is another option if you’re looking to add protein to your diet. Premade and bottled protein shakes, often made by the same companies who sell the tubs of powder.
These shakes are often more expensive than the powders are, but that is for good reason – they are simply easier to use, and Americans pay for ease.
With a shake instead of a powder, gone is the time it takes to make your shake, gone are the clumps of powder that catch in your throat, and gone is the effort involved in pulling the scoop from the bottom of the container.
You also no longer have to worry about those little, though no less annoying, protein powder spills that can be really frustrating to have to clean up. Like I mentioned earlier, the pre-made shakes are just easier.
Premier Protein Shake
Out of all the brands and options for pre-made shakes that exist, and there are definitely more than a few, one of the best protein shakes is the Premier Protein shake.
Each 11.5-ounce bottle contains a full 30 grams of milk-protein (both whey and casein). This puts Premier protein on the higher side, in comparison to most bottled protein shakes which contain closer to 20 grams of protein.
If you are a serious athlete, this gives Premier a big step up, as each shake will inundate your body with fifty percent more protein than most brands.
Plus, the protein they use is a combination of milk-protein. This means you get the quick-digesting benefits of whey protein, but you also get the slow-digesting benefits of casein protein, granting you the best of both worlds.
Each bottle also contains 160 calories and 3 grams of dietary fiber. The fiber is important in slowing the digestive rate of the protein, allowing it to release amino acids into your bloodstream for a longer period of time.
Premier also boasts 0 grams of added sugars, and only one gram of total sugar. Although, Sucralose, an artificial sweetener, is included in the ingredients list, something to keep in mind if you’re intent on finding a protein shake that is devoid of any type of sweetener.
In addition to being gluten free, each bottle contains a decent concentration of a total of 24 vitamins and minerals, an added health boost.
These high nutritional levels also make this shake an option for meal replacement, though eating at least three meals a day of whole foods is definitely the better choice. Premier protein comes in a handful of flavors, including Caramel, Chocolate, Cookies n Cream, Pumpkin Spice, and Vanilla. This shake has also won the gold medal for the American Master of Taste ready-to-go protein drinks for the past five consecutive years. Which brings me to my next point.
In a world of awful-tasting protein shakes, Premier protein is one of the best tasting protein shakes there is. For the Chocolate flavor, think of drinking a slightly richer, slightly more thick version of chocolate milk.
Because of its incredibly high protein content, this shake does become a little more exclusive.
It should only be used by athletes who perform highly intense workouts at a very regular rate. One shake contains 60 percent of your recommended daily protein intake. Unless you’re working out exceptionally hard, you might want to find a different option.
Additionally, the inclusion of the artificial sweetener Sucralose should definitely be considered when you’re doing your protein shake research.
Research hasn’t explicitly implied that sucralose is harmful, but it is not the best thing to be putting into your body.
You can buy a dozen Premier shakes for $24, which is close to the price of some protein powder tubs. If money is a concern, it will stretch further by purchasing the powder instead of the shake.
Now if you are really set on a shake, but you want a few different options, I’ve got a few more tricks up my sleeve.
Orgain Clean Protein Shake
A Sucralose free, gluten free, non GMO protein shake that contains only 20 grams of milk protein (again, whey and casein), 140 calories, and 4 grams of sugar, is Orgain’s clean protein shake.
Orgain makes dependable, delicious, and healthy protein options that should definitely be considered.
Plus, for $23 (a dollar cheaper than Premier) you get the same dozen bottles. And with these bottles, you’re putting healthier, more natural substances into your body.
Core Power High Protein Shake
Another option that’s a little more similar to Premier is the Core Power high protein shake, which contains 26 grams of milk protein per 14 ounce bottle.
At around the same price as these other options, Core protein contains 170 calories, no added sugars (although it has sucralose), and is also one of the better-tasting shakes out there.
Overall the Premier is still my top recommended option. Of course, it depends on the type of athlete you are.
And, because all of these products are highly dependant on personal preference, it may not be the best sake for you. But there are always other options, you just have to know to look.
I’m a personal trainer based in Denver (Matrix Gym) and a true fitness nerd. If I’m not training clients or working out at my home gym, I’m probably skiing, cycling or hiking with my dog Rufus.
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