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9 of the best protein drinks for 2023

09 Feb 2023 • 9 min read


What is a protein drink?

It’s all in the name!

They’re an additional way you can incorporate protein into your diet and are a good way to add more protein into your diet if you’re just not getting enough from food sources.

There are also many different varieties, like protein juice drinks, ready-to-drink protein shakes, and clear protein drinks, such as flavoured water.

1. UFIT 25g High Protein Drink Chocolate 330ml

Customer rating: N/A – it’s new to Holland & Barrett!

Vegan: No

This new, chocolatey drink is designed for those with a busy lifestyle, making sure they get all the protein they need.

UFIT’s high protein drink contains 25g of protein with added fibre, vitamins, and minerals with no added sugar and is fat-free - perfect for those who want to feel robust and healthy whilst on the go.

Plus, you can have it whenever you’d like, whether that be first thing or later in the day, but just make sure to drink within 24 hours once it’s opened!

2. UFIT Vegan High 15g Protein Shake Chocolate Orange 310ml

Customer rating: 5/5

Vegan: Yes

This delicious plant-based alternative to UFIT’s usual drinks is not only great for vegans, but also for anyone intolerant to lactose.

If you’re busy but still need a healthy way to bring more protein into your diet, this delicious chocolate orange flavoured drink is a good option, containing 15g of protein!

You can drink it at any time of day, but once opened it should be kept refrigerated and used within 24 hours.

3. USN Diet Fuel Ultralean Vanilla 330ml

Recommended by Holland & Barrett nutritionist, Isabel Tarrant!

Customer rating: N/A – it’s new to Holland & Barrett!

Vegan: No

New on the shelves, USN Diet Fuel Ultralean Vanilla is part of USN’s range that contains 25g of protein and is fat-free.

This convenient on-the-go shake is low in sugar and will help to support your weight goal alongside a healthy and balanced diet and exercise routine. Ideal as a ‘snack’ in between healthy meals.

You can drink it whenever you’d like, though it tastes best when chilled. Once opened it should be consumed within 12 hours.

4. USN 100% Plant Protein Vanilla 900g

Recommended by Holland & Barrett nutritionist, Isabel Tarrant!

Customer rating: 3.3/5

Vegan: Yes

The USN 100% Plant Protein is ideal for individuals who struggle to digest soya and follow a plant-based diet.

This vegan protein contains a blend of pea, rice, and hemp, and is 100% soya free. This product is also low in sugar, artificial flavours and colourants to support a healthy vegan diet. However, if you have a sweet tooth, this one’s for you!

Mix one 30g scoop with 300ml of water and shake well for 30 seconds in a hand-held shaker.

5. PhD Nutrition Diet Plant Strawberries & Cream 500g

Recommended by Holland & Barrett nutritionist, Isabel Tarrant!

Customer rating: 4/5

Vegan: Yes

This plant-based protein contains a blend of pea protein, soy protein and amino acids.

PhD Nutrition Diet Plant Strawberries & Cream provides 19g protein per serving with only 93 calories, and it’s low in sugar. This vegan protein also contains added green tea extract, l-carnitine, and flaxseed.

A high protein shake that helps to maintain a lean physique. Great mixability and unsurpassable taste.

6. Planet Paleo Organic Bone Broth Collagen Protein Pure 225g

Customer rating: 4/5

Vegan: No

This tasty, organic bone broth provides a unique nutritional profile containing collagen protein, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and an abundance of minerals.

Crafted from the highest quality Organic grass-fed cattle in Scandinavia, slowly simmered to release all nutrients, and dehydrated into a convenient, easy to use form.

Plant Paleo’s organic bone broth collagen protein is a warming alternative to a shake or juice - and ideal for those colder, wintery days - this high protein bone broth contains 7.9g of protein per serving.

7. Xtend Original BCAA 30 Servings - Strawberry Kiwi Splash 441g

Feeling a bit fed up with shakes? Not a problem!

This delicious strawberry and kiwi splash offers an alternative to thick shakes, with 7g of sugar-free branch chain amino acids (BCAAs).

Containing 2.5g of L-Glutamine, 550mg of L-Citrulline per serving plus added Magnesium to support electrolyte balance, normal protein synthesis and normal muscle function.

Xtend Original BCAA is perfect for post workouts, as it also replaces the nutrients lost in sweat!

8. Applied Nutrition Clear Whey Protein Cherry & Apple 425g

Customer review: 5/5

Vegan: No

Applied Nutrition’s Clear Whey Protein is not your average protein shake. Using ultra-hydrolysed whey protein isolate, we have created a delicious, light, and refreshing protein drink that is more like a fruit juice than a milkshake.

This refreshing cherry and apple clear whey protein drink is packed with over 21g protein, and only has 1g of carbs, plus it’s low in sugar and fat.

Clear Whey is the perfect macro-friendly product to help grow and maintain muscle, whatever your fitness goal!

9. PhD Reset Dreamy Chocolate 350g

Customer review: N/A – it’s new to Holland & Barrett!

Vegan: No

This PhD Reset protein drink is perfect for getting in your last-minute protein intake for the day. This delicious, smooth hot chocolate contains 18g of protein per serving.

The special bedtime formula helps you to optimise your bedtime through scientifically credible and researched ingredients, such as L-tryptophan, 5-HTP and L-theanine.

Grab your favourite mug and wind down with this dreamy chocolate pre-bedtime drink.

9 of the best protein drinks for 2023: The summary

You’re probably now feeling bulked up on all the best protein drinks for 2023!

However, if you’re still trying to gain more protein knowledge, you might like to read some of our other protein articles and guides - “The best high protein snacks”, “The best protein powder for you,” or “Guide to using protein powder”.

Last updated: 9 February 2023

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