What’s the ideal protein powder?

Protein powder: It can be your best friend or your worst enemy. A clean, raw, organic powder can help repair and grow muscles and keep you feeling fuller longer after a climb or a heavy lifting session. But opt for a powder packed with preservatives, sugar,  and dyes (which are uncomfortably common on the grocery store shelves) and you're doing more harm than good.

So what's a lady (or gent) supposed to do? For one, you can look for a protein powder with a virtually flawless nutrition label. We went treasure hunting and came back with Perfect Fit Protein, a no-brainer powder that gets our gold star.

Perfect Fit Protein single-serving packet. Photo courtesy of Perfect Fit.

Perfect Fit Protein single-serving packet; photo courtesy of Perfect Fit

California-based fitness gurus Katrina Hodgson and Karena Dawn, who founded the uber-popular Tone It Up! workout and nutrition program, spent two years creating this certified organic brown rice protein powder. We love it because the vanilla flavor actually tastes good and boasts a long list of healthy attributes that read raw, vegan, kosher, non-GMO, non-fat, and sugar, dairy, and fat free.

Perfect Fit Protein is made from the highest quality protein you can get, too, meaning it blends into smoothies and oatmeal with no clumps and can be substituted in any recipe that calls for flour (try the powder in pancake, cookie, and waffle batter for a little extra flavor).

There's nothing "vanilla" about these Perfect Fit waffles. Photo courtesy of Perfect Fit.

There’s nothing “vanilla” about these Perfect Fit waffles; photo courtesy of Perfect Fit

As a 20-something female on an intense exercise plan, I need a whopping 98 grams of protein every day—easily accomplished with 50-serving bags or single-serving packets in combination with Perfect Fit's portable blender bottle. The price isn't out of orbit either—servings come in at about $1.50 each, and being so portable I'm now packing them along with my camping gear to make sure I'm getting enough protein away from home. Because, sadly, cold SpaghettiOs aren't quite filling my nutritional needs like they used to. MSRP $45 for 50-serving bag, perfectfitprotein.com.

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