Experts agree that a protein-rich morning smoothie is the easiest way to melt stuck-on pounds. Plus, it’s a tasty addition to your everyday morning. Here are the best three protein powder options for women — so you can find the right one for you.
Choose pea if you’re under 50.
As many as 60 percent of menstruating women have struggled with anemia, and iron-rich pea protein can deliver an energizing boost. Plus, dieters eating more legumes lost more weight than their non-pea–eating counterparts in a study published in European Journal of Nutrition. Try: Olympian Labs Pure Pea Protein with 25 grams of protein per scoop.
Try soy if you’re 50 to 60.
Consuming soy, rich in hormone-regulating phytoestrogens, slashes menopause symptoms, says researchers from Johns Hopkins. Also, research published in Obesity Science and Practice suggests that adding soy to a diet helps support weight loss. Reach for non-GMO sources like Horbäach Soy Protein Isolate with 25 grams of protein per scoop.
Reach for whey if you’re over 60.
“Whey protein concentrate is the best protein source for older people who want to retain or rebuild fatburning muscle,” asserts Arciero. Plus, whey is proven to reduce the risk of weight-disrupting metabolic syndrome according to research published in Bioactive Food as Dietary Interventions for Diabetes. (Lactose intolerant? Get whey isolate with the lactose removed.) Try: Orgain Clean Whey with 21 grams of protein.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First for Women.