Welcome to our annual audit of the best and brightest products on the market! Our panel of experts have exhaustively tested this year’s entrants to ensure each one delivers on its promise, whether that’s to make you leaner, fitter, stronger, faster or simply to keep you sharp and energised throughout the 9-5. This year, we received hundreds of entries and whittling it down to our worthy winners was no easy task.
Our panel was made up of top-level performance dietitians Rick Miller and Drew Price, personal trainer and fitness model James Stirling, PT and MH contributor Michael Jennings, and – of course – the hungry Men’s Health staffers. These are the products we’re championing for 2019.
Best Protein Powder: Healthspan Elite Whey Protein Isolate 90%
It’s tough to stand out among the masses. This whey protein is made via a complex microfiltration process, which maintains more of its amino acids, while its MultiVial blend boosts your ability to absorb these nutrients. Perhaps more importantly than any of this, however, it’s also eminently palatable.
Highly Commended: Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey
Best Protein Bar: Optimum Nutrition Whipped Bites
Anyone who tells you all protein bars taste the same is still eating the same old protein bars. These Whipped Bites have a light, airy, Milky Way-like texture, 20g of protein, a mammoth 7g of fibre and next-to-no sugar.
Highly Commended: Grenade Carb Killa
Sharpest Energy Drink: Tenzing Natural Energy
A far cry from the fluoro energy drinks of your teenage years, this offers a gentle caffeine kick from green coffee beans, Himalayan rock salt for electrolytes and vitamin-rich gooseberries – all at just 55 calories a can.
Highly Commended: Nocco
Best Vegan Protein: Bio-synergy Lean & Green
Made with pea, buckwheat and rice – but joyfully resembling none of them – the butterscotch flavour was a hit with our testers. Each serving packs more than 21g of protein, alongside crucial BCAAs.
Highly Commended: Innermost The Health Protein
Cleanest Dirty Treat: Myprotein Baked Protein Cookie
This chocolate cookie takes the biscuit, with a third less sugar than your standard bake, but just as many melt-in-the-mouth chocolate chips. It also packs in 13g of plant-based protein per portion.
Highly Commended: Halo Top Salted Caramel
Smartest Nootropic: Motion Nutrition Power Up
Amino acids such as tyrosine, taurine and carnitine are linked to quicker thinking and a deeper reserves of mental energy (like a subtler imitation of Bradley Cooper in Limitless), while choline supports memory function.
Highly Commended: Form Edge
Best Natural Snack: Kind Protein
The Double Dark Chocolate Nut bar earned its place on the podium, packed with peanuts, almonds and cocoa, delivering 12g of protein and 17g of healthy fats. Crucially, it tastes just as good as its name suggests.
Highly Commended: Bounce Energy Balls
Brightest Pre-Workout: Innermost The Energy Booster
Each serving contains 5g of energy-boosting amino acids, along with natural stimulants such as maca root and guarana. It has a very moderate caffeine content, too, so you won’t find yourself staring at the ceiling at 1am.
Highly Commended: Bulk Powders Elevate Zero
The 2019 Men’s Health Gamechanger: Form Nutrition
With a new range of sleep aids and nootropics, plus online courses on subjects such as chrono-nutrition, the brand has your total wellbeing squarely in its crosshairs. That its products are dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free but – somewhat miraculously – still delicious is all the more impressive. But, perhaps most significantly of all, it’s a brand with a conscience: for every product purchased, Form will provide a meal to the Family Feeding Fund in Gambia. Those are gains you can feel good about.
For more information on our winners, plus expert tips on how to make the most of your supplementation plan, pick up the May issue of Men’s Health.