Protein is one of our body’s building blocks, but it’s not always easy to be sure you and your family are eating enough on a regular basis. If you’re feeling the hunger pangs, consider adding some of these high-protein ingredients to your meals. Dairy, eggs, meat, poultry, pork, seafood, buckwheat, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and quinoa contain all nine amino acids, making them complete proteins. And if you need an extra boost on the go (or just on a busy weekday morning), reach for a protein drink. One of our favorite brands is ICONIC Protein, which makes grass-fed protein drinks our members rave about.
The History of ICONIC Protein
CEO and founder Billy Bosch doesn’t have a background in the beverage industry, but he does have a history of high cholesterol and chronic acid reflux. His doctor prescribed pills, but Bosch was more interested in natural options to find relief. When he couldn’t find drinks that fit the bill (that is, options filled with good stuff like fiber and protein without added calories and sugar) he switched gears and took his health into his own hands.
ICONIC Protein Company Mission
ICONIC Protein makes nutritious and convenient snacks with beneficial ingredients. Grass-fed milk protein is one of the essential components to all its products, which is sourced from family farmers in Ireland. Finding the best protein to use took time—Bosch wouldn’t settle for farms that didn’t have high standards surrounding sustainability and animal welfare. Vegan protein was considered, but the taste didn’t measure up. Plus, ICONIC found dairy proteins to have a higher bioavailability of nutrients.
Benefits of ICONIC Protein
Besides being a convenient way to enjoy protein on the go, Iconic Protein works closely with nutritionists, dieticians, and food scientists to develop drinks that are as nutritionally dense as they come. Functional ingredients like matcha, turmeric, and cacao (which are believed to have health-promoting properties) are a big part of the puzzle. The other key? Grass-fed milk protein isolate. This is a mix of both casein and whey, and one of the few proteins that’s lactose-free.
While many conventional brands use corn and soy feed, ICONIC insists on its grass-fed cows grazing in open pastures. The brand’s policy has been recognized by the ASPCA Shop With Your Heart Program, which helps consumers choose brands that source ingredients from humanely raised animals.
Top ICONIC Protein Products
Make your morning easier (or refuel after a workout) by grabbing one of these protein-rich beverages.
Turmeric Ginger Protein Drink
Restorative (and tasty), you’ll love the combination of ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and black pepper inside each bottle. Not to mention, this drink delivers a whopping 20g of protein per serving.
Coconut Matcha Grass-Fed Protein Drink
Matcha can have a strong, earthy flavor, but ICONIC mellows out out by pairing the powder with silky coconut cream. In addition to 20g of protein, each drink also delivers vitamin B12, magnesium, and calcium.
Protein Powder, Chocolate Truffle
Your morning smoothie just got a lot more decadent. Made from cocoa powder and milk protein isolate, this powder digests slowly to help you stay full longer.
Fuel up on protein with some of our favorite recipes.
13 High-Protein Recipe Ideas
From smoothie bowls to frittatas, we have 13 ways to add a little extra protein to every meal. (Don’t miss our favorite picks for protein powders and bars, too.)
A Weeknight Sheet Pan Recipe
Shrimp? Check. Broccoli? Check. Dinner’s basically done when you slide a tray into the oven. If you’re all about a sheet pan meal, don’t miss this Whole30-friendly recipe.
The Best Protein Sources
Whether you’re interested in plant-based protein or animal-based protein, there’s something for every diet. Consult our list of high-protein foods, and then start meal planning.