The Best Protein Powders For Runners

There are so many options on the market when it comes to protein powders. Here's your complete guide to all the varieties out there.

Photo: Trail Runner magazine

Heading out the door? Read this article on the new Outside+ app available now on iOS devices for members! Download the app.

While nothing replaces good old whole foods, protein powders are a convenient way for busy runners to get in an added boost of nutrition. But with so many powders on the market, how do you know which one to choose?

For starters, be sure to do your homework on supplement brands. Protein powders are great options, but since the supplement industry is not well regulated in the U.S., it is important to make sure they are not tainted with unwanted additives. When researching brands, try to choose those that are Certified for Sport or NSF certified, which are 3rd party certifications extra steps that companies take for quality assurance.

Once you have your brand determined, there are some other considerations to take including use, taste, and dietary restrictions.

RELATED: How To Cook With Protein Powders

RELATED: What’s The Deal With Superfood Powders?
Do you have a question for our RDN? Send your trail-running-nutrition quandaries to
Kylee Van Horn is a licensed Sports Registered Dietitian and competitive trail runner.

Want to Know What It Takes to Finish at Western States? Just Ask Hellah Sidibe.

Find out what happened when this six-year run streaker and HOKA Global Athlete Ambassador took on an iconic ultramarathon in California's Sierra Nevada