Having been bodybuilding for over a year now, it’s pretty safe to say that I’ve done my fair share of taste testing and research when it comes to finding new and unique protein sources. And since this industry has really taken off lately, there are some pretty cool options out there that I’d love to share with you.

Now, having said that, keep in mind that nothing beats real protein from real food, but having some alternatives lying around the house or the office can sometimes make achieving your macros easier on a really busy or hectic day.

Here are a few unique protein options I’ve stumbled across in my time. Check them out!

1)       Ostrich Meat

What is it?

If you like beef jerky, you may like these unique protein sticks from OStrim. These sticks are made of a combination of Ostrich and Beef meat, and make for a great ‘on-the-go’ snack. I’ve tried BBQ and Teriyaki in the past and so far I much prefer the Teriyaki.

Benefits?

A great source of 14g of protein with only 80 calories and 1.5g of fat – super lean! I always make sure I have some in the house in case I need a quick boost.

The downside?

They are a bit of an acquired taste and there is 430mg of sodium in one stick. Just make sure to keep your water intake up and you will be ok. In terms of the taste, I got used to it.  

What to eat it with?

Great accompanied with an apple or a cheese string!

2)      MuscleGel

What is it?

These funky little squeeze packs contain a super flavorful gel-like substance that packs an awesome nutritional profile! Key lime is my favorite so far!

Benefits?

Each pack contains only 96 calories and 2g of carbs but weighs in at a whooping 22g of protein! What’s even better? They are fast, convenient, tasty and low sodium!

The downside?

These little power packs won’t just help you lean out your physique; they will also lean out your wallet. Be prepared to pay a pretty penny for these babies, but honestly, it’s well worth it!.

What to eat it with?

Eat it alone or combine it with a piece of fruit and some nuts for a complete snack!

3)      Protein Gelatin

What is it?

Think of those yummy jello snacks you used to love eating as a kid. Now imagine it was filled with protein – you’ve got yourself a Pure Protein, protein snack! I’ve never tried these myself, but I plan to because I LOVE JELLO!

Benefits?

At 100 calories, 0g of sugar, 2g of carbs and 22g of protein, these quick and easy jelly bowls hold a great nutrition profile.

The downside?

Some people argue that the ingredient profile isn’t the best, but I will leave that up to you.

What to eat it with?

Try it topped with a bit of low fat cool whip or mix it with some mandarin oranges or berries for a delicious dessert!

4)      Bottled Protein Tea

What is it?

Do you like chilled tea? Well then this product is for you! Grab a bottle of this green or black tea and flood your body with 40g of Ion Exchange Whey Protein in one beverage! Again, I haven’t tried this myself but I’ve read great reviews on bodybuilding.com!

Benefits?

40g of protein, 8,880mg of BCAA;s, preservative free, lactose free and fat free. And filled with flavanoid antioxidants from the tea!

The downside?

From what I’ve read, it’s not very filling, so be prepared to want to eat it with something else.

What to eat it with?

Have it on it’s own or combine it with a piece of whole wheat bread and natural peanut butter to enjoy a complete meal.

5)      Elite Liquid Protein Shot

What is it?

If you have ever tried an energy shot, then you get the idea of this pocket protein companion. The Dymatize Elite Protein Shot is 2oz bottle filled with Biopeptides, Whey Protein Isolate, Casein Protein Isolate with added L-Glutamine.

Benefits?

For only 99 calories you get a tasty treat that includes no added Sugar or fillers, 0 carbs, 0 fat and 25 grams of protein per serving.

The downside?

Like some of the others, this isn’t a very filling protein source. So, if you are one to get hungry all the time, this won’t satisfy your hunger needs.

What to eat it with?

Fill up with something fiber packed, like some fiber cereal, raspberries or avocado on multigrain toast to satisfy your hunger.

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