How Much Does Protein Powder Cost?
Protein powder is usually mixed with water or milk to form a protein shake. If you are not looking to build muscle, you can use protein powder as a meal on the run when you do not have time to eat, or as it’s commonly used — by gym goers who are looking to build muscle mass.
Protein powder has so many vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can help you get through until your next meal you achieve the body that you have always wanted.
How much is it?
- On average, be prepared to spend $15 to $22 per pound. However, the more pounds you buy in bulk, the more you are going to save. Typical five-pound powder containers can cost $45 to $65. The costs will come down to the brand and the variety.
- For instance, the Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold retails for $55 to $75 on Amazon.
- According to a forum thread on BodyBuilding.com, many users claimed they pay anywhere from $29 to $45 for a five-pound container.
What is going to be included?
- Protein powder is a powder that is often made into a drink by mixing it with either milk or water. Drinking this regularly before working out allows you to get a large amount of protein from it; this means that in most cases, your diet does not have to change drastically to aid your body in the building of more muscle.
- Popular flavors include chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
- Try to drink the shake after you exercise. After exercising, this is when your muscles break down and are in need of protein for rebuilding.
What are the extra costs?
- There are only a few extra costs to think about when it comes to protein powder. For example, if you mix it with milk, then you will have to buy a fairly large amount of milk as you will need to drink a specified amount every day if you want it to be effective. Most of the time, the shake is going to taste better with milk.
- Another cost is that you may want to think about purchasing a protein shaker bottle for you to mix the powder in since this will provide you with a place to put the powder in so you can still drink it and mix the protein powder while on the go.
- While optional, if you want to be creative, consider mixing in fruits or peanut butter. Bananas are a very popular choice to mix in with protein powder.
- Again, while optional, a blender is ideal if you want to mix the powder with fruit and your milk. Or, instead of a full-size blender, you can purchase something such as the Magic Bullet to mix your shake for you.
Tips to know:
- When it comes to buying protein powder, make sure that you try out what is on the market. Ensure you find a powder that works well for you and is in a reasonable and affordable pricing range as you can go through it quite quickly, especially if you work out a lot. Do not buy a larger five-pound container until you have sampled the taste.
- Always consider a 100 percent whey protein.
- Check out the ingredients like you would with any other food. The fewer the ingredients, the better it will be.
- Try a sample of each flavor, and then purchase the one that you like the best in bulk to save money.
- There are so many different theories of when to drink a protein shake, how many times per day, how much to drink each time, etc. In many cases, the answers to these questions will be based on personal preference; what works for someone else may not necessarily work for you. Try a few different things until you find a good routine.
- As with any workout or health regimen, consistency is very important. Make a schedule of what protein you will drink on your work out days and off days and stick with it.
How can I save money?
- The more protein powder you purchase at a time, the more you can save. If you have a wholesale club membership, such as Costco or Sam’s Club, visit your local club to see what quantities they offer.
- If you can naturally get your protein in your diet, go for it. This is usually the best way to save and have a well-balanced diet.
- Most of the time, you are going to be better off buying your protein powder online. Try to avoid high-priced retail shops, such as GNC.
- If you are a picky eater, consider asking for a sample before committing.
Advertising Disclosure: This content may include referral links. Please read our disclosure policy for more info.