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If your knowledge of whey is limited to nursery rhymes (does “Little Miss Muffet” ring any bells?) here’s a primer on a rich protein source that’s worth considering for your daily diet. Whey is a byproduct of the cheesemaking process; it’s the name for any liquid that remains after milk has been curdled and strained. It’s typically available in powdered form, making it an easy add to smoothies, applesauce, or oatmeal. One study examining the effects of whey on exercise performance found “the consumption of 25g of whey protein after an evening bout of resistance exercise tended to improve whole body net protein balance.” Keep reading to find out more about a whey protein brand Thrive Market members are loving.
The History of Tera’s Whey
Tera’s Whey launched in 2009, but a few years earlier, founder Tera Johnson realized there was a better way to use the liquid byproduct of artisan cheese makers that would not only create a high-quality whey protein, but also bring added value to local dairy farmers in America’s heartland.
Tera’s Whey Company Mission
The mission of Tera’s Whey is as simple as they come: offer the best whey protein products on the market. With three formulations—rBGH-free cow whey, organic cow whey, or goat whey—Tera’s Whey planned to elevate its pure powders with craveable flavors like organic and fair trade dark chocolate and superfood fruits like goji berry and açai.
Benefits of Tera’s Whey
From cow to can, Tera’s Whey protein powders are as pure as they come. Each product delivers anywhere from 18g to 30g of protein, and most varieties have fewer than five ingredients, which means there’s a big emphasis on nutrition, not fillers, additives, or unnatural flavors. To make its powders taste delicious, Tera’s Whey starts with organic dairy whey protein concentrate, dairy whey protein concentrate, or dairy whey protein isolate, then adds enhancers like organic vanilla or fair trade dark chocolate. As a brand, Tera’s Whey is focused on sustainability and sources its dairy from midwestern farms and artisan cheese makers, which helps eliminate carbon emissions from transportation. Also, the water used during the whey-making process is eventually recycled, and Tera’s Whey helps reduce its energy use by painting the roof of its facility white to reflect the sun’s rays and keep the interior cool in the summer.
Top Tera’s Whey Products
Get a protein boost with three great options from Tera’s Whey.
Organic Plain Whey Protein
With 22g of protein per serving, this powdered whey is a blank canvas for adding to smoothies, yogurt, or baked goods.
Organic Dark Chocolate Whey Protein
Not only does this powder serve up 20g of protein per serving, but it also gives you a daily chocolate fix.
Organic Bourbon Vanilla Whey Protein
With 21 grams of protein per serving, one scoop of this powder is a great way to start your day. It’s a naturally low-carb option to fuel your day at any time—breakfast, post-workout, or an afternoon boost.
Getting enough protein doesn’t have to be an uphill battle—just add some of our favorite recipes to your weekly menu.
Whole30® Breakfast Scramble
This Whole30®-approved breakfast is inspired by Mediterranean flavors like basil, tomato, and olive oil. Eggs are classic breakfast fare, but you can also serve this dish for brunch, lunch, or a light supper.
How to Eat Enough Protein
If you’re looking to keep up with your daily protein needs, this post has lots of ideas. Study the list of complete proteins, then make your shopping list and get cooking.
Tandoori Tuna Salad
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