From powder to bars, become a protein pro in one fell scoop

Welcome to the world of protein supplements. Once reserved for hardcore weightlifters who never left for the gym without their shaker bottles, adults of all ages are now downing flavoured concoctions to finish up their workouts.

Used to help build muscle, protein products come in all shapes and sizes. From powders to snack bars, what’s available continues to balloon like a bodybuilder’s bicep. Looking to pack a little more protein into your diet? Let’s whey up your options.

Protein powder

Shake it up

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Vanilla Ice Cream 900g

Probably the most popular choice among fitness fanatics, protein powder can be easily mixed into pre and post-workout shakes and smoothies after a hard session. If shakes aren’t your thing, try adding your powder to your cooking and baking recipes for that extra punch.

Not sure what flavour to go for? Try the delicious and classic vanilla flavour from Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard, with the added bonus of 24g of premium whey protein to support muscle growth and 5.5 g of naturally occurring BCAAs.

Protein bars

Grab & go

Fulfil Protein Bar White Choc Cookies & Cream – (HSFF compliant) 55g

If you’re a busy bee always on the move, protein bars are easy to pop into your bag for when you’re out and about. Perfect for a post-workout pick-me-up or a midday treat, they’re a super simple way to add protein to your diet. Be warned though, with more flavours available than we could possibly count, you may find it difficult to choose your fave!

This one from Fulfil combines sweet white chocolate with a centre of cookie dough goodness, complete with a crispy outer for a post-workout treat that’s guaranteed to hit the sweet spot.

Protein snacks

Tasty treat anyone?

Myprotein Protein Brownie Chocolate Chip – 75g

When we say they’ve thought of everything, we weren’t lying. As well as bars, there’s plenty of power-packed snack options ready for you to try. From flapjacks to ready-to-bake muffin mixes, you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.

If you’re a sucker for something sweet, then get your teeth into this seriously satisfying brownie protein snack. Baked with chocolate chunks and a mighty 23g of protein, this pocket-size brownie helps build and support muscle on the go – it’s a win win!

Protein drinks

A hydration hit

Grenade White Chocolate Protein Shake 330ml

If you’re looking for a workout boost, protein drinks can be a refreshing way to help get the benefits of your hard work. Many of the funky flavours available contain branched chain amino acids. Known as BCAAs for short, they’re thought to play an important role in exercise as building blocks for protein and muscle (how fancy!).

This one from Grenade is a great pick if you want something a little more indulgent. Low in sugar and high in protein, this deliciously smooth shake is a handy way to max your protein intake, whether it’s on the go or a milk alternative for your breakfast cereal.

Whether it’s a supercharged protein snack on the go or a post-workout shake, you’re spoilt for choice. Remember though, they're called supplements for a reason – they're add-ons, little extras, that are meant to work alongside a healthy, balanced diet. Always read the instructions carefully and take the recommended serving size.