Five Portable Protein Shakes For Students


Since I started college, I’ve become obsessed with protein shakes. When you’re always on-the-go, there’s nothing better than drinking a protein shake for a snack or even as a meal replacement (in dire situations, of course). Over these past few years, I have come up with a list of my favorite non-powder form protein shakes, so there’s no hassle when trying to make them as fast as possible before your next class. After trying many different shakes, these are the five best portable protein shakes that have truly stolen my heart as a college student.


Core Power Elite High Protein Milk Shake


Core Power Elite is an amplified version of the regular Core Power protein shake. It has an astounding 42 grams of protein, seven grams of sugar and a taste like melted ice cream. Core Power appeals to a variety of people. Whether you’ve just finished a hard workout, a game with the team or you simply need a protein boost, Core Power Elite is what your sore muscles need. Best part: it is sold right on campus in the Stag Spirit Shop.


Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake


If you’re vegan or follow a dairy-free diet, look no further. Vega One+ is a plant-based protein shake with pea protein as the main ingredient. It has 20 grams of protein and a combination of veggies, greens and vitamins. This protein shake is a must-have and my personal favorite. The on-the-go shake comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors. It can be purchased at Whole Foods or from And yes, it’s both dairy-free and delicious.


Iconic Grass Fed Protein


Iconic Protein is a protein shake that tastes similar to Core Power Elite, but is entirely organic and has even less grams of sugar. It has 20 grams of protein, only three grams of sugar and has no artificial flavoring whatsoever. Iconic Protein can be found at the Vitamin Shoppe on Black Rock Turnpike in Fairfield. The Iconic company has recently expanded their flavors to Golden Milk (turmeric and ginger flavored) and Coconut Matcha (coconut cream and matcha green tea). Coffee lovers, there is even a cafè au lait flavor.


Muscle Milk Non Dairy Protein Shake


I’ve noticed throughout the years that college students love Muscle Milk. It is probably one of the more popular protein shakes out there, and is specifically designed for athletes and hardcore weight trainers. Muscle Milk has 25 grams of protein and zero grams of sugar. While it is not an organic or all-natural supplement, I’d recommend Muscle Milk specifically as a post-workout shake because it replenishes muscles while simultaneously helping you build them.


Pure Protein


Pure Protein is a tasty protein shake that comes in a unique “soda” can and has a variety of different flavors to choose from, such as banana and strawberry. Each shake contains 35 grams of protein and just one gram of sugar. Pure Protein can be found at the Vitamin Shoppe and Trader Joes, which are conveniently located near each other in town.

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