Clear protein drinks are a great option if you have difficulty stomaching heavy protein foods. Sometimes, pregnancy food aversions make it next to impossible for us to get good nutrition while pregnant. Not only do they provide important proteins, but they also help you meet your hydration needs.
In this blog, we’re diving into clear protein drinks on the market, budget-friendly homemade recipes, and the health benefits plus disadvantages.
Clear Protein Drink Benefits
- High Protein Content: Clear protein drinks pack a punch with 15-20 grams of protein per serving. In pregnancy, your recommended protein intake ranges from 1.2-1.52g per kg of body weight (1)
- Hydration: These drinks are primarily water-based, which means they help keep you hydrated while providing protein. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends 64-96 ounces of water daily in pregnancy. (2)
- Easy protein: These drinks are a light and easy way to get nutrients without eating something heavy.
- Premier Protein Clear: Premier Protein offers a range of flavors like Tropical Punch and Peach. These drinks contain 20 grams of protein coming from whey protein isolate, which is a great high-quality protein that is easily absorbed. It is gluten-free and has only 90 calories per bottle.
- Isopure Zero Carb: Isopure’s Zero Carb is perfect for watching carbohydrate intake. With 32 grams of protein coming from high-quality protein whey protein isolate and green tea powder for flavor, this is an excellent anti-inflammatory drink with a high amount of protein.
- Protein2o: Protein2o is easy to find on Amazon or at Costco. It contains 15g of protein from whey protein isolate and a mix of Erythrotol and Stevia for sweetener.
- Vital Proteins Collagen Water: This is my on the market because it’s free of artificial dyes and sweeteners and packs 10g of protein per drink.
- Homemade: For those who prefer a DIY budget-friendly approach, making your own drink allows you to customize the ingredients and flavors.
Disadvantages of Clear Protein Drinks on the Market
- Many have fake sugar, which may cause gas and bloating for some people.
- Some may have food coloring like Red 40 that some people may be trying to avoid.
- Low calories may not be ideal for higher-calorie needs in pregnancy.
Clear protein drinks can easily be added to your prenatal diet, boosting hydration and protein. Be sure to check ingredient lists closely to avoid additives that may not work for you. new clear protein drinks are coming out on the market, and no standard recipe exists. Try the homemade clear protein drink recipe below to enjoy your own creations and make them more budget-friendly.
Clear Protein Drink with Berries
- 1 8 ounce glass
- 1 Spoon any size for mixing
- 1/4 cup cup to measure fruit
- 1 shaker bottle or blender bottle
- 8 ounces water or sparkling water of choice you can add as much water as you'd like
- 1 scoop unflavored collagen protein powder if your protein powder doesn't come with a scoop add 2 Tablespoons
- 1/4 cup berries of choice
- Start by adding the cold water or sparkling water to a blender or shaker bottle
- Add your clear protein powder. Be sure to choose a protein powder that dissolves well in water.
- Add the fresh fruit of your choice for natural sweetness and flavor.
- Blend or shake the ingredients until everything is well combined and the drink is smooth and frothy.
- Pour your homemade clear protein drink into a glass, garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired, and enjoy!
Ginger Cochran is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator & Care Specialist, Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Exercise Physiologist, and owner of Nutritious Ginger, an integrative and functional nutrition practice focusing on full body self-care and nourishment. Ginger’s primary specialty is women’s health, with a special emphasis on gestational diabetes, weight management, infertility, digestive wellness, and overall health + happiness.
Ginger serves on the board of director for the Nutrition Care Manual by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.