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The 10 Best Keto-Friendly And Low-Carb Protein Powders, According To Nutritionists

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The keto diet emphasizes low carb and high fat, but you don’t want to forget that protein is also an important part of the lifestyle. Ideally, you’ll want this macronutrient to make up 20 percent of your daily calories. One easy way to do that is by supplementing your diet with a keto protein powder.

There are a few kinds of protein you can choose from, including whey, casein, whole-egg, beef protein, and collagen protein, according to Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, one half of the Nutrition Twins. You’ll want to avoid egg-white protein because it lacks fat, which is vital to the keto diet, she adds.

Another word you want to keep an eye out for on the label is “grass-fed,” which basically means it’s a beef protein and the cows have been fed a grass diet. “The composition of the meat from that cow is going to be a healthier composition of fats,” explains nutritionist Lauren Weiss, PhD, the owner of La Jolla Nutrition Health. You’ll also want to pick a product without a ton of added sugar since that can take you out of ketosis.

Note that not everyone needs a protein powder—you should try to get most of your protein from whole natural foods and only add one to your routine if you don’t get enough from your diet, Weiss says. One example is vegans or vegetarians who’re considering trying the keto lifestyle. Some plant-based sources of protein like lentils are high in carbs, so adding a keto protein shake to your routine is an easy way to hit your macro goals. (Though, there are still plenty of keto vegetarian recipes you can try if you prefer getting your fill the organic way!)

If you think a protein powder is right for you, these 10 keto protein powders recommended by nutritionists will do just the trick.

Meet the experts: Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, is a nutritionist and owner of the Nutrition Twins. Lauren Weiss, PhD, is a nutritionist and the owner of La Jolla Nutrition Health.

1
SWEETEST KETO POWDER

Preferred Elements Keto Collagen Protein Powder with MCT Oil

$32 AT AMAZON
Pros
  • Grass-fed protein
  • Dairy-free
Cons
  • Doesn’t mix well in water
  • Contains stevia

With flavors like chocolate, salted caramel, and vanilla, this protein powder is made with ingredients like MCT oil, electrolytes, and collagen protein. (And FYI, collagen is a great source of keto-approved protein, Shames says.)

And a quick PSA: With over 6,000 positive reviews on Amazon, users are totally obsessed with the product. “I absolutely LOVE this chocolate collagen powder,” writes one reviewer. “Doesn’t taste salty like other MCT products I’ve tried. I mix one full scoop with my hot coffee in the morning, I whisk it well and add a splash of heavy cream.” Yep, sounds delicious.

Per serving (1 scoop): 80 calories, 4 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 2 g carbs, 0 g sugar, <1 g fiber, 10 g protein

Servings per container 20
Protein source Collagen
Protein per serving 10 g
Artificial sweetener None
2
BEST FOR SHAKES

Ketologie Collagen Keto Shake

$55 AT AMAZON
Pros
  • Zero added sugar
  • No strange aftertaste
  • Grass-fed protein
Cons

Pricier than other options

With ingredients like stevia, collagen peptides, coconut oil, and sea salt, this low-carb keto protein powder is the perfect addition to your at-home shake situation. (Plus, it comes in yummy flavors like strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla.) This powder does pack some carbs—but only 15 grams per serving.

And this protein powder is totally delicious. “Over the years I’ve experimented with many protein powders and this is by far my favorite. Smooth, creamy, clean, no strange aftertaste. Mixes well with any liquid I use. Neither clumpy nor chalky. Just a good, basic , clean, powder,” says one reviewer.

Per serving (2 scoops): 300 calories, 25 g fat (23 g saturated), 15 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 7 g fiber, 14 g protein

Servings per container 18
Protein source Collagen
Protein per serving 15 g
Artificial sweetener None
3
BEST ORGANIC

Warrior Blend

$40 AT AMAZON
Pros
  • Vegan
  • Soy- and gluten-free
  • USDA organic certified
Cons
  • May not taste as good as other brands
  • Contains stevia

This protein powder contains a blend of pea and hemp seed protein. It also packs MCT oil from coconuts, which officially makes it keto-approved, per nutritionist Randall Evans, RDN. One satisfied reviewer notes, “Have been keto almost a year and this is one of my favorite keto products and definitely the best tasting protein shake.”

Per serving (1 scoop): 100 calories, 2 g fat (0.5 g saturated), 2 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 1 g fiber, 18 g protein

Servings per container 30
Protein source Pea and hemp seed
Protein per serving 17 g
Artificial sweetener None
4
BEST FOR VEGANS

Sport Premium Protein

$43 AT AMAZON
Pros
  • NSF certified for sport
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • Contains probiotics
Cons
  • Weak taste
  • Contains stevia

Another great option for keto diet vegans, this plant-based protein powder made from pea protein, organic pumpkin seed protein, organic sunflower seed, and alfalfa. Our sources recommend adding a little coconut oil to your shake up the fats. “I appreciate that there are no artificial flavors, colors, or sweeteners,” Maggie Moon, RD, previously told WH.

“This is the first time I am able to drink a protein shake just mixed into my almond milk. I usually cannot stand the flavor and the grit and need to blend it into a smoothie. I am happy to have something a little easier to grab and go now!” one reviewer says.

Per serving (1 scoop): 160 calories, 3 g fat (0 g saturated), 4 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 410 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 30 g protein

Servings per container 20
Protein source Pea and pumpkin seed
Protein per serving 30 g
Artificial sweetener None
5
BEST FOR OVERALL WELLNESS

Garden of Life Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides Powder

$32 AT AMAZON
Pros
  • Zero carbs
  • Third party-tested
  • Gluten-free
Cons
  • Doesn’t dissolve well in liquid
  • Unflavored

If you’re looking for a simple protein powder, this is it. It contains only what’s advertised on the label—collagen and probiotics, which are great for your gut health. Reviewers love that the powder truly aides overall health and can be easily added to any diet. “After using this collagen powder for a few weeks, I’ve already noticed a difference in the health and appearance of my hair, skin, and nails,” a satisfied customer writes.

Per serving (1 scoop): 70 calories, 0 g fat (0 g saturated), 0 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 100 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 18 g protein

Servings per container 28
Protein source Collagen
Protein per serving 18 g
Artificial sweetener None
6
BEST NATURAL

Organic Chocolate Protein Powder

$40 AT AMAZON
Pros
  • No added sugars or artificial flavoring
  • Plant-based
  • Made with whole foods
Cons
  • May not be good for sensitive stomachs

Shames loves that this vegan protein powder is organic. It’s made with pea protein, sprouted rice, and a whole host of other good-for-you organic ingredients like kale, apple, broccoli, and quinoa. It also has just five grams of net carbs, which is totally doable on the keto diet.

Reviewers can’t get enough of this product too. “Buy it all the time. I love protein powder as it mixes well. No lumps. Taste great. Mixes thick fruit smoothies with water instead of milk,” one happy user says.

Per serving (2 scoops): 120 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g sat), 7 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 250 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 21 g protein.

Servings per container 20
Protein source Pea and rice
Protein per serving 21 g
Artificial sweetener None
7
BEST UNFLAVORED

Collagen Peptides

$51 AT AMAZON
Pros
  • Includes hyaluronic acid and vitamin C
  • Easy to mix into foods and drinks
Cons
  • Pricey

When it comes to protein powders, “no taste” can be a rave review. Vital Protein Collagen Peptides has only one ingredient—collagen—and it tastes like, well, nothing.

It also dissolves easily, says Pegah Jalali, RD, of Middleberg Nutrition, which means it’s easy to add to coffee, tea, soup, or smoothies.

“Great way to add collagen and protein to morning coffee. Dissolves really well in hot beverages, no after taste and does not change consistency of beverage,” one reviewer writes.

Per serving (2 scoops): 70 cal, 110 mg sodium, 18 g protein.

Servings per container 28
Protein source Collagen
Protein per serving 18 g
Artificial flavors None
8
BEST FOR BAKING

Paleo Thin Egg White Protein Chocolate

$225 AT JULIANBAKERY.COM
Pros
  • Great taste
  • No stevia
  • Gluten-free
Cons
  • Contains dairyPricey

This powder is the perfect addition to treats: You can add it to a smoothie or use it as an ingredient when you’re baking. “It’s sweet and chocolatey,” says Lyssie Lakatos, RD, the other half of the Nutrition Twins. It’s also free from gluten, soy, antibiotics, and hormones, and made from grass-fed cows.

Per serving (1 scoops): 120 calories, 1 g fat (.5 g sat), 5 g carbs, 1 g sugar, 305 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 21 g protein.

Servings per container 30
Protein source Egg white
Protein per serving 21 g
Artificial sweetener None
9
BEST WITH WATER

Ancient Nutrition Keto Protein

$55 AT ANCIENTNUTRITION.COM
Pros
  • Includes superfoods like turmeric and ginger
  • Sourced from non-GMO chickens
Cons
  • May taste bland
  • Contains stevia

This protein powder is ideal for mixing into liquids, from plain ol’ water to coffee, tea, or almond milk. “Each serving also has five grams of MCT oil powder, which helps to include a source of fat for staying in ketosis,” notes Shames.

“We like the taste of the Vanilla Keto Protein powder. It’s easy to blend in smoothies. You can add some fruit or greens or both for extra nutrition and fiber,” one buyer writes.

Per serving (1 scoop): 70 cal, 3 g fat (3 g sat), 13 g protein.

Servings per container 17
Protein source Chicken bone broth
Protein per serving 18 g
Artificial sweetener None
10
BEST GRASS-FED PROTEIN

Legion Whey+ Cookies & Cream Protein Powder

$60 AT AMAZON
Pros
  • Comes from sustainable dairy farms in Ireland
  • Grass-fed protein
  • Lactose-, gluten-, and sugar-free
Cons
  • Has dairy and soy

With just two grams of carbs, the Legion Whey+ powder is definitely in the keto-friendly range, says Lakatos. Made from whey derived from grass-fed cows, it’s naturally sweetened, and contains no GMOs, hormones, antibiotics, or dyes.

“This is the only protein powder I use because it is the best! Great taste with quality ingredients,” one happy reviewer writes.

Per serving (1 scoops): 120 cal, 0 g fat (0 g sat), 2 g carbs, 130 mg sodium, 0 g fiber, 22 g protein.

Servings per container 30
Protein source Whey
Protein per serving 22 g
Artificial sweetener None
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