Whey Free Protein Powder Options

Steph Wagner

September 12, 2016

Trying to find a protein shake that doesn’t contain whey protein??

There are a myriad of reasons why a whey protein may not be best for someone. Whether it’s a true allergy or simply an intolerance to the ingredient, it’s important to know what other options you have!

The important note for weight control and protein shakes is to keep the carbohydrate content low. Some alternatives to whey protein may contain a good amount of protein but start to creep up on the carb content. Look for a protein powder that contains less than 6 grams of carbohydrates.

Egg White Protein

Alternatives to Whey Protein - Egg White Protein


Maybe you’ve heard of egg white protein. Assuming you don’t have an egg allergy, this is a great alternative to whey protein. It’s very low carb and it dissolves well without clumping. Popular brands include Jay Robb Egg White Protein (comes in Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry in large bags or single servings) and Paleo Protein (several flavors including Blueberry, Vanilla Nut, Chocolate and Espresso). I’ve tried Jay Robb Egg White Protein and white it was a little “frothy” compared to other shakes I’ve had, the flavor was great and the consistency was thin and not chunky. I haven’t tried to Paleo Protein but you can read more about the reviews on Amazon!
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Jay Robb – Grass-Fed Whey Protein Isolate Powder, Outrageously Delicious, Chocolate, 12 Packets

Paleo Protein Egg White (Chocolate) (Soy Free) (2 Carbs)(2LBS)

Pea Protein Isolate

Pea Protein is on the of the trickier ones to find with a lower carb content. Why? You guessed it! Because PEAS! Full of carbs. But some products are still suitable for a bariatric friendly protein shake and many patients like the idea of a plant based option. Anthony’s Pea Protein is very high in protein with no carbs. This product has no flavor so it would be best used if making a coffee type protein shake or in a broth for some added flavor. Here is a Caramel Frapp Protein Shake recipe that works great with a non-flavored powder. This option is also very affordable at $15 and free shipping with Amazon Prime. Aff link-

Pea Protein (84% Protein) from Germany by Anthony’s (2lb), Certified Gluten-Free

Hemp Protein

Another tricky option to find without a boat load of carbs. In fact, I find hemp protein even more difficult to find in low carb than the pea protein. This Viva Labs Organic Hemp Protein Powder is tipping the scales a little higher than my liking at 8 grams of carbs per serving but provides 15 grams a protein. A little better option is Probitoic Plant Protein Powder with 6 grams of carbs and 20 grams of protein. I haven’t personally tried either product but both are listed as best sellers on Amazon. Aff links-

Viva Labs – The FINEST 15g Organic Hemp Protein Powder, Cold-Milled for Higher Absorption, 3 LB Bag

Probiotic Plant Protein Powder, 100% Organic, Vegan with Real Food Ingredients by Pure Food, Raw Cacao Flavor, 512 Grams


There are several options under these umbrella of whey free ingredients. Shop around for products with at least 15 grams of protein and less than 6 grams of carbs and read reviews to find a good fit for you!!


All my best,

Steph :)

2 thoughts on “Whey Free Protein Powder Options”

  1. I’m having a hard time deciding on which life plan for eating…moderation or low carbs…my primary dr. Says moderation but my bypass surgeon says low carb(Adkins) ???

  2. The most important thing is to stay away form the “addictive” carbohydrate foods which are starches and sweets (breads, pasta, rice, potato, desserts, etc). Those foods release dopamine in the brain which in turn makes us crave more. It’s better to get carbohydrates from vegetables and a limited amount of fruits and beans. It’s hard to say what “low” and “moderate” carbs means…but my recommendation is 3 meals per day, two bites protein to one bite vegetable, fruit okay once per day at a meal but avoid starchy foods and sweets. Too many carbs will prevent the body from burning fat for fuel because it will choose carbs first…here’s a video on that. All my best!

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