Openfit Recovery and Plant-Based Protein: What's the Difference?

Openfit Recovery and Plant-Based Protein: What's the Difference?

You’re looking for help to improve recovery, boost performance, stay on track with nutrition, and do it all without overdoing it on sugar.* You’re in luck! Openfit has two supplements developed by a team of registered dietitians and Ph.D. scientists that check all these boxes:

  1. Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake with pea protein
  2. Openfit Recovery, our whey-based post-workout formula

But which do you choose?

Openfit Nutrition Manager Krista Maguire, RD, CSSD, offers insights and answers questions on the key differences and the best ways to use each.

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What’s the Main Difference Between Openfit Recovery and Plant-Based Protein Shake?

protein before or after workout - chocolate protein powder

Openfit Recovery has whey (animal-based) protein, and Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake contains pea protein, suitable for vegan diets. Recovery is specifically formulated to support post-workout recovery, while Plant-Based Protein is designed to provide balanced nutrition any time of day.

Here’s a look at the ingredients in each shake.

Recovery Plant Based Protein
whey protein isolate pea protein powder
tart cherry powder non-GMO soluble corn fiber
cocoa powder cocoa powder
vitamins and minerals


Both contain high-quality ingredients.


What’s the main protein source in Openfit Plant-Based Protein?

pea vs soy protein - scoop of yellow peas

Pea protein.

This is an easily digested protein source made from yellow split peas. It offers distinctive benefits in terms of plant-based protein because it contains all nine essential amino acids, including the branched-chain amino acids.


Do the proteins have different textures?

The textures of the two powders differ to a degree, but not significantly.

Since Openfit Recovery is whey-based, you’ll notice it’s a bit creamier, with more of a milk chocolate taste.

Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake has more of a dark chocolate flavor and a thicker consistency.


Is one protein source better than the other?

They are both excellent sources of protein, providing 20 g of protein per serving.

Choosing the right one for you depends on your needs:

  • Whey protein has been shown to be the leading contender for post-workout recovery.
  • Plant-based is a great option to add to meals or as a snack.

It also depends on whether you’re sensitive to dairy-based proteins or following a plant-based diet, which would lead to using the Plant-Based option.


Which Openfit protein supplement is better for muscle gain?*

Research shows that whey protein, being a complete protein with higher leucine levels, tends to be better when building muscle.

That’s because leucine is important for muscle protein synthesis, so Openfit Recovery would be the more appropriate choice.

However, that doesn’t mean the Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake would not benefit those looking to build muscle since protein, in general, is helpful. Recovery just has a slight edge because of the leucine and the quick digestibility.


How many times per day can I have Recovery or Plant-Based?

Openfit Plant Based Protein Shake in Glass

Openfit Recovery: 1-2 times

Openfit Recovery is best-used post-workout. Most people work out once a day, but there’s no harm in having it twice a day if you’re in need of a quick, easy protein option.

Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake: 1-2 times

With Openfit Plant-Based Protein Shake, you can enjoy it once or twice a day with meals or as a snack, since it’s a great way to boost your daily protein consumption and meet your needs.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Elizabeth Millard


Elizabeth Millard has written for Men's Health, SELF, Prevention, Runner's World, and several other health and wellness publications. Based in Northern Minnesota (yes, it's just as cold as you've heard), she's also a rock climber, obstacle course enthusiast, and registered yoga teacher. Follow her on Twitter.