If you struggle to stomach conventional protein powders, there’s an alternative that’s more squash than shake. Check out these best clear protein powders…

If you’re looking to up your protein intake, there are a variety of protein bars and protein powders on the market. However, the new kid on the block within the world of supplements for muscle growth – clear protein powders – offer a lighter, more refreshing way to boost your muscle recovery.

What are clear protein powders?

More fruit squash than chocolate milkshake, these protein powders are easy to mix, light and refreshing.

It’s still an emerging product, so you won’t find the huge range on offer for more conventional powders, but to help you make the right choice we’ve rounded up five of the most effective clear whey isolate protein powders on the market right now…

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Best clear protein powders

  1. PhD Smart Clear Whey (£22.99, phd.com – international shipping available)
  2. Naturecan Clear Whey Protein Isolate ($61 / £49.99, uk.naturecan.com)
  3. Bulk Clear Whey Isolate Protein (£34.99, bulk.com – not currently available in US)
  4. Myprotein Clear Whey Isolate ($39.99 / £34.99, myprotein.com)
  5. The Protein Works Clear Diet Whey (£37.99, theproteinworks.com – international shipping available)

1. PhD Smart Clear Whey

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Taste: 5/5
Protein: 4.5/5
Texture: 5/5
OVERALL: 5/5

Quite simply the best of the clear protein powders we tested, PhD’s refreshing Smart Clear Whey is high in protein (20g per serving) but low in both sugar (less than 1g) and calories (85kcals).

Try the Orange Margarita flavour for a dose of great-tasting hot-weather recovery.

2. Naturecan Clear Whey Protein Isolate

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Taste: 4/5
Protein: 4.5/5
Texture: 5/5
OVERALL: 4.5/5

From a company committed to high-quality ingredients, Naturecan’s clear protein contains nothing but natural goodness in the form of 21g protein per serving, zero sugar, zero fat and just 85 calories.

The juicy Tropical flavour gets MF’s seal of approval.

3. Bulk Clear Whey Isolate Protein

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Taste: 4.5/5
Protein: 4.5/5
Texture: 4.5/5
OVERALL: 4.5/5

A competitive 20g protein per serving means Bulk’s offering stands up to most whey powders, and each of the fruity flavours (Cherry Bomb gets the nod for us) are perfectly suited to the heat of summer. One of the best clear protein powders on the market.

4. Myprotein Clear Whey Isolate

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Taste: 4/5
Protein: 4.5/5
Texture: 4/5
OVERALL: 4/5

Made from high-quality hydrolysed whey protein isolate, My Protein’s offering comes in 11 flavours and packs 20g protein per serving, as well as 4g performance-boosting branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) and 3g immune-boosting glutamine, making it one of the best clear protein powders on test.

Check out our pick of the best healthy protein powders

5. The Protein Works Clear Diet Whey

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Taste: 4.5/5
Protein: 3.5/5
Texture: 4/5
OVERALL: 4/5

Three cocktail-inspired recipes make up TPW’s range of clear protein powders, with each providing 16g protein per serving, along with BCAAs and energy-boosting green tea extract.

For anyone trying to trim down for summer, there’s also an impressive return of less than 70 calories.

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