A few weeks ago, I wasn’t feeling like my normal self, and I decided to go on a quick 3-day cleanse. I wasn’t looking to lose weight, simply trying to gain some mental clarity as I was preparing for the busy weeks ahead. My plan? It looked like this:
- Morning Coffee Replacer: Cup of Green Tea (no sweetener)
- Breakfast: 1 scoop gluten free protein powder, a few berries and and 12 oz of water
- Snack: 1 apple
- Lunch: 1 scoop gluten free protein powder and and 12 oz of water
- Snack: 1 apple
- Dinner: Mixed greens, grilled chicken
My friends know that I get a little cranky when I’m hungry (who doesn’t?), so I was nervous about the cleanse. Would it give me enough calories to keep my energy high and my attitude in check? I’m pleased to report that yes it worked!
After the cleanse, I felt lighter and my mind was clearer than it had been in months. In fact, it even brought me back to feeling like my old self before I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease.
Before going gluten free, I didn’t think twice about the ingredients that were used in my protein powder. Now the gluten free label is the first thing I look for on the container. I’ve tested about 20 different gluten free protein powders, and here is a list of the top 5 gluten free protein powders:
1. 22 Days Plant-Based Protein Power Chocolate
Why is this the clear winner for me? While, I’m only gluten free and have no problems with dairy, a lot of my Celiac friends are also soy-free and/or dairy-free. Not only is the 22 Days Plant Protein plant-based and gluten free, but it is also USDA Organic, Non-GMO, Soy-free, Dairy-free, and contains no sugar! I like both the chocolate and vanilla flavors, but if I had to choose then it would be chocolate. Get the 22 Days Plant Based Protein Powder on Amazon for only $34 here.
2. Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein
Nutiva is made from 100% organic hempseeds. This protein powder is made from 50% protein, 20% fiber, 12% beneficial fats plus vitamin E and iron. I’m anemic, and the additional iron supplement provided in this protein powder helps a lot when I’m not taking any iron pills. Get the Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein here.
3. Garden of Life Raw Organic Meal Nutritional Supplement
While I consider this more of a meal than a protein powder, Garden of Life makes my list because of the live probiotics and enzymes inside that promote healthy digestion, which is beneficial for Celiacs. I prefer the Chocolate and Vanilla flavors over the Vanilla Spiced Chai. Get the Garden of Life Raw Organic Meal Supplement here.
4. NuZest Clean Lean Protein
Not only is NuZest a clean pea-based protein, but it is also chalked full of 9 essential amino acids + 9 of the non-essential aminos. As someone that struggles with vitamin and nutrient absorption, this makes a huge difference! Get the NuZest Clean Lean Protein Powder here.
5. Amazing Grass Amazing Meal Organic Chocolate Infusion Powder
This meal replacement powder is made from plant based proteins, green superfoods, phtyo nutrient rich fruits and vegetables. Additionally Amazing Grass has digestive enzymes and probiotics, too. The Chocolate flavor is my current favorite, but I haven’t tried their Pomegranate Mango flavor, which sounds amazing. Get the Amazing Grass Amazing Meal here.
These are my five favorite gluten free protein powders. Like one that’s not included here? Leave it in a comment below!