Food & Nutrition

4 great clear protein powders to try for a light & refreshing protein boost

Published by Finn Hayden

If you want to build muscle, then sufficient protein intake is a must - recent studies suggest around 1.6g per kg of bodyweight is ideal. That's quite a lot of protein, and you might have a hard time getting that amount of protein from food alone.

That's why we love protein powders - you can get a solid amount of protein into your system very quickly and relatively affordably too. The only issue we have with some protein powders is that they can be a little bit stodgy, and can often make us feel really full.

Recently, we've been experimenting with clear protein powder, and we've been loving it. This has all the protein that you'll find in a normal protein powder, but it's much lighter and makes your protein shakes taste more like a glass of squash rather than a thick milkshake. This also makes it great for drinking during a workout, as you can continue to workout without feeling full. And because recent evidence suggests that intra-workout protein intake is hugely beneficial for muscle growth and recovery, we expect a lot more people to be consuming clear whey protein powders and clear vegan protein powders in 2024 and beyond.

We've now tried 4 different clear protein powders, and we think they're all great for different reasons. This guide will look at each in detail, let's get into it:

Foodspring Clear Whey Lemonade

We'd say that the best clear whey protein powder that we tried for this guide is the Lemonade Clear Whey from Foodspring. You can read our full review here. Firstly, it tastes absolutely fantastic - if you like slightly sour lemon sweets like lemon sherberts, you're going to love this protein powder. It has a real tang to it which we find really pleasant. Plus, it's very light and mixes really well with water. Also, it's made with all natural ingredients and contains no added sugar. But what we found most impressive about this clear whey is that it contains 26g of protein per 30g serving, which is an excellent amount of protein to get from one serving. Learn more and buy it here -
Foodspring clear whey

MyProtein Clear Whey Isolate Peach Tea

MyProtein is one of the biggest protein brands in the UK, so we'd expect them to have a good clear protein powder, and we certainly really enjoyed the peach tea clear whey protein powder from the brand. It contains 20g of protein per serving and mixes really well with water, plus we really enjoyed the taste which definitely reminded us of an iced tea. To be clear (pardon the pun), this doesn't actually contain tea so isn't high in caffeine or anything like that. It's sugar free too. Learn more and buy it here -
myprotein clear whey isolate

Applied Nutrition Clear Vegan protein

Applied Nutrition is a brand that we've featured a few times across our website, and we included them in our electrolyte drink guide and our collagen supplements guide. We were pleased to see that the brand has created a clear protein, but even more impressed that it's vegan. It's made from ultra-hydrolysed pea protein isolate. Although there are some excellent vegan protein powders you can buy, we find that lots of the vegan protein powders which try to imitate the taste of whey protein powder tend to taste really bad. This clear vegan protein powder just tastes like juice and is really tasty. Learn more and buy it here -
Applied Nutrition clear vegan protein powder

Optimum Nutrition Clear Plant Protein Isolate

Another excellent vegan clear protein powder is this Clear Plant Protein Isolate from Optimum Nutrition. It's also made from hydrolysed pea protein isolate and it contains 20g of protein per serving. We love the Lime Sorbet flavour (pictured) which, similar to the clear whey protein powder from Foodspring, has a lovely sour, tangy taste. This protein powder also contains absolutely no sugar, which is a bonus. Learn more and buy it here -
Optimum Nutrition clear protein powder

Hopefully, this guide inspires you to try clear protein powder! If you're someone who feels very full after a normal whey protein powder then give this type of protein powder a shot. If you want to read something very similar, we have a guide to the best protein water we've tried.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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