10 best protein products for runners

It’s important to for us runners to get their protein fix, but that doesn’t have to mean mountains of plain chicken breasts and cottage cheese. Grab one of these products for an easy on-the-go snack to refuel and fire up your muscle recovery.

1/ Boostballs

 

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Satisfy sweet cravings with these date and nut-based protein balls. With flavours including coconut fudge cake, peanut butter cookie dough, lemon drizzle cake and maple and cinnamon roll (the latter two being dairy-free), Boostballs contain 8-13.5g protein per pack.

£17.00 for 12 x 42g packs from Boostball. Also available in selected stores, on Amazon and on Virgin Atlantic flights.


2/ Motion Nutrition Organic Roasted Peanut Vegan Protein Powder

 

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When it comes to no-nonsense natural nutrition, Motion is the brand to go to. Their products are made from certified organic ingredients and the brains behind them pay utmost attention to the quality of suppliers they use. This powder is made from a blend of roasted fat-reduced peanut, yellow pea, raw pumpkin seed and hemp seed protein. It’s completely unsweetened, which may take getting used to for some, but it’s brilliant for cooking.

£23.99 for 400g from Motion Nutrition.


3/ Savse protein smoothies

 

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Packing one of your five-a-day and 10g protein per serving, Savse’s new cold-pressed drinks blend fresh fruit with whey protein for a satisfying alternative to your average smoothie. Flavours include the pina colada-inspired Protein Punch, berry and coconut water Protein Blast and strawberry milkshake-style Protein Smash.

£2.99 for 250ml, available in Waitrose. 


4/ Missfits Nutrition Multitasker protein powder

Young British brand Missfits Nutrition have brought The Multitasker to the market – a blend of whey or pea protein with added glutamine, vitamin B12 and zinc extract, extras which are said to speed up recovery, reduce fatigue and improve skin health. At under 90 calories and 15-19g protein per serving, they make a great option for anyone looking for a low-cal protein boost. Flavours include chocolate, vanilla, coffee and mixed berry.

£25 for 500g at Missfits Nutrition


 5/ PhD Nutrition Smart Bars

For those who’d rather down block of chocolate than a protein bar, PhD Nutrition’s latest product makes a tasty middle ground. The Smart Bar comes in a choice of five classic flavours: dark chocolate raspberry, cookies and cream, caramel crunch, chocolate peanut butter and chocolate brownie. Each bar contains 20g protein and just 2g of carbs – however those with an aversion to long ingredient lists may not be sold.

£2.49 for one 64g bar, £10 for 5 or £29.88 for a case of 12 from PhD Nutrition


6/ Sunwarrior Classic protein powder

Made from wholegrain brown rice protein, this powder from US brand Sunwarrior is vegan as well as wheat and dairy-free. It doesn’t have the earthy taste associated with many vegan protein powders, instead tasting smooth with a pleasant consistency and no chemical aftertaste. It’s a source of amino acids lysine and leucine and packs 22g protein per 30g scoop – just choose from classic, chocolate or vanilla flavours and you’re good to go!

£27.95 for 500g from Nutrimarket.


7/ The Collective Pro-yo

 

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Pro-yo pouches, the new high protein yoghurt product from dairy brand The Collective, makes a gym bag-friendly way to get your yoghurt fix on the go (by which we mean its design makes it less likely to explode under pressure than your average pot). They mix gut-friendly live yoghurt with naturally protein-rich quark to provide 14g protein per 125g serving. Choose from mixed berries, coconut with honey and vanilla and strawberry flavours.

£1.35 per 125g pouch, available in Tesco, Waitrose, Ocado and Boots. 


8/ Linwoods Hemp Protein+

If you’re after an all-round good-for-you protein powder, Hemp Protein+ by Linwoods is a brilliant choice. Featuring hemp protein blended with additional ingredients, you can choose your option to tailor the nutrition to your goals. Try it with added bio cultures and Vitamin D for gut and bone health, with cocoa and beetroot powder to get your nitrate fix or with chia seeds and spinach powder for the ultimate vitamin boost. 

£16.99 for 360g from Linwoods.


9/ TRIBE 10 bars

 

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As their name suggests, the 10 bars from sports nutrition brand TRIBE contain 10g protein each. Made entirely from natural ingredients such as dates, cashews and pumpkin seeds, these bars get a boost from rice protein. Each bar also contains over 20g carbohydrate, making them a brilliant pre-run snack. Flavours include boyoga banana, chia and cocoa nib, goji berry and coconut, kianga pineapple and mountain maca.

£26 for a pack of 18 x 40g bars from the TRIBE website.  


10/ Arla Protein pots

 

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These protein pots are made from quark – a low fat soft cheese, which tastes similar to its dairy cousin yoghurt. Their thick texture and subtle sweetness makes them a satisfying snack, plus each contains a punchy 20g protein. Add them to breakfast or eat as a dessert, and enjoy flavours such as strawberry, blueberry, passionfruit and papaya, raspberry, and mango, kale and lime. 

£1.25 per 200g pot, available in major supermarkets.