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The 10 Best Protein Supplements That Aren't Powder

Men's Health Logo By Maverick Li of Men's Health | Slide 1 of 11: The hardest part of getting fit happens at home: dieting to maintain your physique, pack more flesh at the pecs, or tighten up your waistline. The struggle in the kitchen is as real as on the bench—because of protein, the macronutrient synonymous with muscle building.The go to's are well known: chicken breast as meals, and protein powder as supplements before, during, or after workouts. Chicken is fine, great if you’re a chef. But downing bottles and bottles of protein shakes every day has likely made you glutted. You see the mounded scoop of protein and reactively shudder at its gritty, chalky texture. You feel it on your tongue at just the thought, but swallow the agony whole, because, deep down, you know you need this to meet your daily nutritional intake. You convince yourself, It's for the lean muscles, the gains. So you bite the bullet.It doesn't have to be this way. And because we believe you should save your energy for your actual arm curls at the gym, we've gathered a roll call of 10 protein powder alternatives that don’t taste funky or dusty. There are options like low-carb, low-fat chips and puffs, protein-infused energy drinks that'll pull you through any workout session, and breakfast essentials that'll help hit your daily intake. You are what you eat, man, and these supplements will transform you.Want unlimited access to our favorite recipes, restaurant reviews, and over-the-top food journeys? Join Esquire Select.

The hardest part of getting fit happens at home: dieting to maintain your physique, pack more flesh at the pecs, or tighten up your waistline. The struggle in the kitchen is as real as on the bench—because of protein, the macronutrient synonymous with muscle building.
The go to's are well known: chicken breast as meals, and protein powder as supplements before, during, or after workouts. Chicken is fine, great if you’re a chef. But downing bottles and bottles of protein shakes every day has likely made you glutted. You see the mounded scoop of protein and reactively shudder at its gritty, chalky texture. You feel it on your tongue at just the thought, but swallow the agony whole, because, deep down, you know you need this to meet your daily nutritional intake. You convince yourself, It's for the lean muscles, the gains. So you bite the bullet.
It doesn't have to be this way. And because we believe you should save your energy for your actual arm curls at the gym, we've gathered a roll call of 10 protein powder alternatives that don’t taste funky or dusty. There are options like low-carb, low-fat chips and puffs, protein-infused energy drinks that'll pull you through any workout session, and breakfast essentials that'll help hit your daily intake. You are what you eat, man, and these supplements will transform you.

Want unlimited access to our favorite recipes, restaurant reviews, and over-the-top food journeys? Join Esquire Select.

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