After just about every tough morning workout, I whip up a protein shake that also serves as my breakfast. I am a huge fan of Onnit Hemp Force Chocomaca which is a plant-based protein powder. I also wanted to add whey protein to my pantry so I went in search of one that is comparable in quality to Hemp Force. As I browsed Groupon and Amazon, I came across several options that had positive reviews and decent prices. A look at the ingredients on the label, however, and I wasn’t sold. Most of the whey powders I found contained many ingredients, most of which I could not pronounce.
Here is the ingredient list for one that is frequently featured as a 2 for 1 deal on Groupon…Yikes!
Protein Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate [Providing DI-, Tri-, Oligo-, and Polypeptides], Whey Protein Isolate [97% Purity], Partially Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Concentrate), Maltodextrin, Cocoa Powder, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Guar Gum, Carboxymethylcellulose Sodium, Soy Lecithin, Acesulfame-Potassium, Sucralose, Sunflower Nutritional Supplement (Sunflower Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Sodium Caseinate, Mono- and Diglycerides, Dipotassium Phosphate, Tricalcium Phosphate, Soy Lecithin, Tocopherols [as preservative]).
So I continued my search and came across Legion Whey+ as recommended by a reviewer of another product on Amazon. Legion Whey has 26g of protein per serving, is naturally sweetened, and is missing many of the other unpronounceable ingredients common in other cheaper products. Score!
Is this the perfect protein source? No, I still believe that you should get your nutrients from the food you eat whenever possible, but I do think this is a better product than many cheaper alternatives out there and I’m glad I found it. And what about Hemp vs. Whey? That conversation is for another time but I will say that it’s best to seek out high quality, natural ingredients rather than going cheap and ending up with a lot of chemicals and artificial flavors.
So how does Legion Whey taste??? Awesome! Really great chocolate taste – no strange aftertaste. I was happy to find no ill effect after moving from the plant-based protein to the whey protein; and I can easily move between the two without upset stomach or digestion issues as I’ve heard can be common with whey protein.
Legion is about $1.50 per serving and sold in 2 lb tubs. So now when I want Hemp I go with Onnit and for Whey protein it’s Legion.
If you’d like to try it, you can support us by purchasing over at Amazon ($44.99 + Prime shipping) or learn more about Legion at legionsupplements.com.
And here’s my go to recipe for a post-workout breakfast shake… Super easy. Super tasty. You can pick up these ingredients in our SHOP.
1 scoop Legion Whey+ (or 3 Scoops Onnit Hemp Force)
1 1/2 cups Almond milk
2 tbsp. Almond butter or a handful of raw almonds
1-2 tbsp. Chia seeds
1-2 tbsp. Flax meal
2 cups ice