What are the best savory protein shakes?

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Written by Jack Schrupp & endorsed by Baylee Reller, RDN

Are protein shakes savory? 

Protein plays an important role in muscle repair, immune function, and overall health, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that the average individual should consume at least 0.35 grams per pound of body weight per day

Most people can meet their protein needs by eating high protein foods like eggs, fish, legumes, meat, and nuts, but some people, especially those with dietary restrictions, need a little help. This is where protein shakes come in handy.

Adding a protein shake to your diet is an easy way to ensure that you are meeting your daily protein needs. If you do not have a sweet tooth, however, finding a protein shake you like can be challenging as protein shakes come in flavors like chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. There are, however, a few options for those who prefer a savory protein boost. Keep reading to learn more.


What are the best savory protein shakes? 

Companies like Bariatric Fusion and Unjury, which target people undergoing bariatric surgery, make savory protein powders in flavors like chicken soup and beef & herb. Note that these are protein powders, not ready-to-drink protein shakes. This means that you will have to mix them with liquid before you can drink them. As far as I know, there are no ready-to-drink savory protein shakes on the market.

I mention Bariatric Fusion and Unjury because they are two largest manufacturers of savory protein supplements, and because their products are full of junk. In other words, both of these companies use ingredients that you should think about putting into your body.

Here are the ingredients in Bariatric Fusions’s Chicken Soup Protein Powder:

Whey protein isolate, soluble corn fiber, coconut creamer, maltodextrin, natural flavor, xanthan gum, Vitamin & Mineral Blend (magnesium oxide, ascorbic acid, dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate, retinyl palmitate, D-calcium pantothenate, niacinamide, electrolytic iron, zinc oxide, copper gluconate, dicalcium phosphate, cholecalciferol, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine HCl, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, chromium chloride, cyanocobalamin, folic acid, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium molybdate, sodium selenite), salt and silica

Here are the ingredients in Unjury’s Beef & Herb Protein Powder:

Whey Protein Isolate, Natural Beef Flavors (Natural Flavor, Corn Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Salt, Dextrose, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Silicon Dioxide {Anti-Caking Agent}, Onion Powder, Sunflower Oil), Natural Flavor (Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Salt, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Turmeric, Modified Corn Starch, Spice, Natural Flavor), Salt, Natural Flavors, Soy Lecithin

I do not know about you, but these ingredient lists look more like science experiments than food. They are full of heavily-processed additives, many of which are known to cause painful side effects and long term gut health issues (more about this later). If you care about your health, and I assume you do, you would not go near products like these. Instead, you would reach for something made with a short list of simple ingredients.

Unlike Bariatric Fusion and Unjury, we make savory protein powders with whole foods like egg whites and almonds. They are unflavored, and can be added to savory recipes like soups and sauces, or added to savory smoothies. They may not be as convenient as other protein powders, but they are a heck of a lot better for you. Plus, they are more versatile. Here a few recipes to serve as an illustration:

Spicy Gazpacho Protein Shake Recipe


-1 serving unflavored egg white protein powder
-2 medium tomatoes
-1/2 red bell pepper
-1/2 cucumber
-1/2 medium avocado
-2 tbsp fresh lime juice
-2 tbsp chopped cilantro
-1 tbsp chopped red onion
-3/4 tsp sea salt
-1/8 tsp ground black pepper
-pinch red pepper flake
-1 cup ice cubes


Throw everything into your blender and blend on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy.

High Protein Cheesy Muffin Recipe


-1 serving vegan unflavored almond protein powder
-1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
-1 1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-1/2 tsp salt
-3 tbsp salted butter
-2 garlic cloves, crushed
-2 cups grated cheddar cheese
-1 egg
-1 cup milk
-1/4 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
-1/3 cup vegetable oil


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Microwave the butter and garlic for 30 seconds. Grease a 12 hole standard muffin tin generously with butter. Whisk the ingredients in a bowl. Whisk the ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. Add the cheese. Scoop the batter into the muffin tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the muffins are golden and crusty. Remove muffins from the oven and cool slightly before eating. 

As you can see, unflavored savory protein powders are super versatile. They can be added to almost any savory recipe for an easy protein boost.


Why drink wholesome

drink wholesome is additive-free.

The reason why we make the best savory protein shakes is that we do not use any food additives whatsoever. As you now know, other companies add thickeners, emulsifiers, and other additives to their protein powders. Ingredients like these are terrible for your health, even in small amounts. 

For starters, food additives are hard to digest because they look nothing like real food. They therefore linger in your gut, which can cause a number of painful side effects. In some cases, partially digested food additives cause your colon to absorb extra water, resulting in diarrhea. Other times, they feed your gut bacteria, which release gas as they eat. Excessive gas can give rise to symptoms such as bloating, stomach pain, even constipation.

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

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, maltodextrin, mono- and diglycerides, ‘natural’ flavors, rice bran extract, rice dextrin, rice hulls, rosemary extract, silica, silicon dioxide, sodium alginate, sodium bicarbonate, soluble corn fiber, soy lecithin, sucralose, sunflower lecithin, tocopherols, tricalcium phosphate, xanthan gum, xylitol, zinc oxide

In the long term, regularly eating food additives can disrupt regulatory mechanisms in your intestines, increasing your risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other inflammatory conditions.

Food additives can also disrupt your gut microbiome – the collection of microorganisms living in your gut. An imbalanced gut microbiome is a leading driver of inflammation and linked to the development of several chronic diseases.

Basically, because it is additive-free, drink wholesome is hands down the best savory protein powder. You will not find a more natural or savory way to boost your protein intake. 


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“I put this in everything!!! It’s so simple and you can’t even taste the difference. I just made a beautiful bisque and added a few tablespoons for extra protein. If you’re someone who likes savory foods, this is a must-have.” – Sky

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