What is the best paleo protein powder?


If you are looking for the best paleo protein powder, you have come to the right place. Learn how to supplement your dietary protein intake on the paleo diet.

This article was written by Jack Schrupp and Brittany Adelman, RDN.

Protein powder and the paleo diet

What is the paleo diet? 


The paleo diet is all about eating like our ancestors ate 10,000 years ago – during the Paleolithic era. In a nutshell, it stresses eating whole foods over processed ones. Paleo-friendly foods include meat, fish, eggs, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables.

If you insist on avoiding processed foods altogether, then protein powder is not an option. If you are willing to compromise somewhat on what constitutes “processed food,” however, then there are a few paleo protein powder options, including collagen protein powder, egg white protein powder, and almond protein powder.

What are the benefits of the paleo diet? 


Given all of its dietary restrictions, you might be wondering: why would someone ever follow the paleo diet?

The paleo diet can be appealing to individuals seeking to alleviate symptoms associated with chronic illnesses, digestive issues, and autoimmune conditions by eliminating potentially inflammatory foods. Athletes and health enthusiasts also choose paleo for its focus on whole, nutrient-dense foods, which can support physical performance and recovery.

Other benefits of the paleo diet include:

  • Enhanced weight management: By prioritizing low-carb, high-protein foods, the paleo diet can support weight management by increasing satiety. Protein is the most satiating nutrient, meaning it keeps you feeling full for longer than fats and carbs.
  • Improved digestive health: By eliminating processed grains and refined sugars and prioritizing minimally-processed whole foods, the paleo diet can improve gut health. Some may even experience relief from digestive symptoms such as bloating, gas, and indigestion.
  • Balanced blood sugar and improved energy levels: The paleo diet, because it naturally limits carbohydrate intake and prioritizes foods rich in protein and fiber, can minimize fluctuations in blood sugar. This leads to fewer energy crashes and more sustainable energy throughout the day.
  • Better skin health: The elimination of processed foods and refined sugars from your diet can often lead to clearer, healthier skin by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, two common culprits behind skin issues like acne and eczema.

It is important to keep in mind that there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits all” diet, so paleo may or may not be right for you. For personalized nutrition advice, it is recommended that you consult a registered dietitian. 

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What is the importance of protein?


Eating protein-rich foods is foundational to the paleo diet. It is also essential for overall health and well being.

Dietary protein provides your body with the essential building blocks for muscle repair and recovery, helping you get the most out of exercise. It is also essential for hormone production and regulation, helping you manage everything from stress to metabolism.

Protein even plays an important role in supporting your brain health. The amino acids found in dietary protein serve as precursors to neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that facilitate communication within the brain. By eating enough protein, you support cognitive health, focus, and mental clarity.

Understanding the benefits of protein is one thing, but getting an adequate amount throughout the day can pose a challenge. This is where paleo-friendly protein powder comes in. Keep reading to learn more.

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Is protein powder paleo? 


Finding a protein powder for the paleo diet is hard because 99.99% of protein powders are not paleo.

For starters, most protein powders are made with either whey, soy, or pea protein, none of which are paleo.

Whey protein comes from milk, and soy and pea protein come from legumes. Milk and legumes are not allowed on the paleo diet.

The real reason why most protein powders are not technically paleo, however, has nothing to do with the type of protein.

Save for a handful exceptions, most protein powders are not paleo because they are made with protein concentrates or isolates.

Protein sources like these heavily-processed ingredients are stripped of everything but the protein. They were absolutely not on the menu during the Paleolithic era, and cannot be part of a Paleo diet.

Another reason why most protein powders are not compatible with the paleo diet is that they contain added ingredients like emulsifiers, thickeners, flavors, and sweeteners. Food additives like these, including natural flavors and natural sweeteners like stevia, are not paleo.

Here is a list of the most common food additives in protein supplements:

  • acacia fiber
  • acacia gum
  • acesulfame potassium
  • artificial flavors
  • ascorbic acid
  • aspartame
  • calcium carbonate
  • carrageenan
  • cellulose gum
  • dextrin
  • dicalcium phosphate
  • dipotassium phosphate
  • erythritol
  • gellan gum
  • guar gum
  • gum arabic
  • inulin
  • locust bean gum
  • maltitol
  • maltodextrin
  • mono- and diglycerides
  • ‘natural’ flavors
  • rice bran extract
  • rice dextrin
  • rice hulls
  • rosemary extract
  • silica
  • silicon dioxide
  • sodium alginate
  • soluble corn fiber
  • sorbitol
  • soy lecithin
  • sucralose
  • sunflower lecithin
  • tocopherols
  • tricalcium phosphate
  • xanthan gum
  • xylitol
  • zinc oxide
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We make the best paleo protein powder because we use a short list of simple ingredients free from food additives, dairy-based proteins, and protein concentrates and isolates.

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  • acacia gum

  • acesulfame potassium

  • artificial flavors

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  • guar gum

  • inulin

  • maltodextrin

  • 'natural' flavors

  • silica

  • soy lecithin

  • sucralose

  • xanthan gum

  • xylitol

Note that instead of using protein concentrates or isolates, we use whole food protein sources like collagen, egg whites, and almonds, which are easier to digest and absorb.

Whole food protein sources also have unique digestive benefits: collagen can reduce bloating and improve digestive symptoms, egg whites can help restore your mucosal intestinal barrier, and almonds can improve the composition of your gut microbiome.

It follows that our customers experience fewer digestive issues with our paleo protein powder than with any other type of protein supplement. Order samples to see for yourself.

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Why collagen, egg whites and almonds?

Here are a few reasons why we use collagen, egg whites, and almonds in our paleo protein powders.

  1. Collagen, egg whites, and almonds are allowed on the paleo diet. They are excellent sources of paleo protein, each with its own unique health benefits.
  2. Egg whites are minimally-processed. Of all the dietary protein sources used to make protein powder, egg whites require the least processing. All that is required to turn an egg white into protein powder is pasteurization and dehydration.
  3. Almonds are delicious. Unlike plant protein concentrates and isolates, which have been stripped of everything (fats, carbs, etc.) but the protein, almonds do not have a gritty texture or chalky aftertaste.
  4. Collagen is easy to digest. Our collagen protein powder is made with bovine collagen peptides, which are very tiny pieces of cowhide. Because they are already broken down, collagen peptides are easy to digest and absorb.

The best part about our paleo protein powders is the variety. With three different sources of protein to choose from, and both flavored and unflavored varieties, there is something for everyone.

How to safely follow a paleo diet – tips from a registered dietitian


If you are currently following a paleo diet or interested in starting one, you want to make sure you are doing it safely. Here is what a registered dietitian recommends doing:

  1. Go slow! Transitioning to a paleo diet is a significant lifestyle change that should not be rushed. Instead of diving in headfirst, take it slow. Spend some time planning out your dietary changes, considering how meal planning and grocery shopping might differ from your current habits. Removing food groups gradually can make the transition feel more manageable and sustainable.
  2. Monitor for nutrient deficiencies. As you make the switch, be vigilant about monitoring for nutrient deficiencies. Since the paleo diet involves cutting out several food groups, you may need to supplement certain nutrients to ensure you are meeting your body’s needs. Paleo-friendly protein powders can also be a convenient way to boost your protein intake and fill in protein gaps in your diet.
  3. Make sure you are eating enough. One common pitfall to avoid is undereating. Drastic dietary changes can disrupt your eating patterns and make it harder to make food choices or plan for meals. Be sure to eat enough to fuel your body properly and avoid any negative impacts on your metabolism.
  4. Check in with your relationship with food. The restrictive nature of the paleo diet can inherently lead to feelings of deprivation or guilt. Remember to approach food with mindfulness and self-compassion, and seek support if needed to maintain a healthy relationship with eating.
  5. Get creative! Experiment with different recipes to keep the paleo diet fun and interesting. This is hugely important for finding long-term success. 
  6. Allow for personalization and flexibility. Recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to the paleo diet. Make your dietary choices based on your personal needs and dietary preferences. Allow for flexibility in your eating habits and do not feel confined by strict dietary rules. You can still reap the benefits of a paleo diet without feeling like you have to adhere to a rigid set of guidelines.

By implementing these recommendations into your paleo journey, you can be sure to optimize your nutrition and support your health goals, all while maintaining a safe and healthy relationship with food.

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Frequently asked questions

Who is it for?

Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for sensitive stomachs. If you are sick of protein powders that upset your stomach, you have come to the right place. 

Why is it easy to digest?

No dairy 

Drink Wholesome is made without whey and casein. These dairy-based proteins contain lactose, a sugar most adults can’t fully digest. 

No additives

Drink Wholesome is made without food additives. Even in small amounts, emulsifiers, thickeners, and other additives can cause digestive issues and long-term gut health problems. 

Whole food protein

Drink Wholesome is made with whole food protein sources like almonds, collagen, and egg whites. Unlike protein concentrates and isolates, which have been stripped of enzymes, fiber, and other digestive aids, whole foods are easy to break down.

Protein powder vs meal replacement powder?

We make protein powders and meal replacement powders. The difference between protein powders and meal replacement powders is the nutrition content. Protein powders are high in protein and low in everything else, whereas meal replacement powders contain fats, carbs, and protein because they are intended to replace the nutritional value of a healthy meal.

Collagen vs egg white vs almond protein powder?

We make three types of protein powder: collagen protein powderegg white protein powder, and vegan almond protein powder. As long as you are eating a balanced diet, any type of protein powder can help you boost your protein intake. Just pick the one that best suits your dietary needs and personal preferences.

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Protein Rice Krispies Treats

PREP TIME

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COOK TIME

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SERVES

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Instructions

In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows, and stir until the mixture is smooth. Remove the pot from the heat, and incorporate the protein powder. Add the Rice Krispies, stirring until combined. Transfer the mixture to a 9×13 inch greased pan. Let your Protein Rice Krispie Treats sit for 30 minutes before eating.

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