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The BEST Animal-Based Protein Powders | NO Refined Sugar or Artificial Ingredients

Updated: Jun 29

If you're searching for animal-based protein powders with clean ingredients, you're in the right place! This blog post shares all the best sources for protein powders that have no artificial ingredients and no refined sugars.

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Before I get into the best sources for animal-based protein powders, I want to make it clear that its always best to get as much of your protein as possible from home-cooked meals (ex. grass-fed beef). Protein powder is absolutely not necessary, but I know some really value having it for an easy way to boost their protein intake.


When choosing a protein powder, make sure to assess the ingredients, sourcing, and processing. I have done extensive research to find the best quality protein powders, and can recommend the companies below with confidence.



Equip foods beef isolate "prime protein" powder is one of the very best options when it comes to protein powder. The protein is made from from 100% grass-fed beef, and is free of most major allergens (it's soy free, dairy free, egg free, whey free). It is also tested to be glyphosate free.


The unflavored version literally only has one ingredient: grass-fed beef. It doesn't get cleaner than that! Personally, I love using equip protein powder to make my raw milk smoothies.


Here are some more details about Equip:

  • Currently, there are 5 flavors of clean protein powder available: chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, strawberry, and caramel (as well as unflavored)

  • Each scoop has 20g of bioavailable protein

  • The flavored varieties are sweetened with stevia and have very simple, clean, & recognizable ingredients

  • For best consistency when mixing into cold drinks, I'd recommend using a handheld immersion blender (I prefer this because it's much less cleanup) or a larger blender.

  • The taste of the protein is very mild and doesn't have a strong "beefy" flavor. It can be used for smoothies, baking, and more.





Paleovalley whey protein is sourced from 100% grass-fed cows, and has very clean ingredients. Something that makes it different than many other whey proteins is that it is whey concentrate versus isolate. This allows for minimal processing and preservation of healthy fats.


The protein powder also has colostrum in it, which is incredibly nutrient dense! It's great for immune & gut health.


Here are some more details about Paleovalley whey protein:

  • Currently, there are 2 flavors available: chocolate and vanilla

  • It is very gently processed in comparison to most whey proteins

  • Each scoop has 15g of bioavailable protein

  • It's sweetened with monk fruit and has no artificial ingredients or refined sugars (for those that don't love the taste of stevia, this may be a better flavored option)

  • For best consistency when mixing into cold drinks, I'd recommend using a handheld immersion blender (I prefer this because it's much less cleanup) or a larger blender.

  • Personally, I prefer the chocolate flavor! It's great for post workout shakes or a quick meal replacement on-the-go.



Mt. Capra is an incredible company that has a variety of goat milk products. According to their website, "goat milk is one of the most nutritious and wholesome foods known to man". Many people that are lactose intolerant find that they do really well with goat dairy.


They have a grass-fed goat whey protein powder that has hundreds of great reviews. Personally, I haven't tried it yet, but love Mt. Capra's whole milk powder & colostrum powder.


Here are some more details about Mt. Capra protein:

  • Only one ingredient: grass-fed goat whey protein

  • No hormones, antibiotics, soy, pesticides, or chemicals

  • Each serving has 24g of bioavailable protein

  • Great for making protein shakes & smoothies!



Paleovalley bone broth powder is sourced from 100% grass-fed cows, and is packed full of collagen and bioavailable nutrients. They use a gentle processing method with just water and bones (just like making bone broth at home).


Personally, I use the unflavored version when I run out of homemade broth or when traveling. I heat up some water on the stovetop, then add in a scoop to my mug and stir it in. It has a very nice, mild taste.


Here are some more details about Paleovalley bone broth powder:

  • Currently, they have 2 flavors available: chocolate and vanilla (as well as unflavored)

  • Each scoop has 15g of bioavailable protein

  • No pesticides, soy, dairy, or artificial ingredients

  • The flavored versions are sweetened with monk-fruit, and have very simple, clean ingredients (unflavored is literally just bone broth powder).

  • I'd recommend using this for hot drinks (as it will dissolve nicely), and not for cold drinks such as smoothies. I find it does not blend as well/taste as good in cold drinks as the beef isolate powder from equip.


Hopefully you found this article informative! If you try any of these protein powders or have some suggestions of your own to add, leave me a comment down below. I’d love to hear from you!

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