What's in LADDER's Plant-Based Nutrition Shake? Here's a List of Ingredients
Protein is a macronutrient our bodies use to grow and develop, break down and digest food, and repair body tissues like muscle after exercise, among other things. It may even help support weight-loss or weight-maintenance goals.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to meet your daily protein intake goals is a shake. As you savor every tasty sip, you might be curious about your protein shake ingredients. Glad you asked!
Here’s a look at what’s inside LADDER’s new Plant-Based Nutrition Shake, straight from the team that developed it.
Haven’t tried LADDER’s Plant-Based Nutrition Shake yet? Get it here!
1. Pea Protein Powder
Pea protein powder is quickly becoming the go-to plant-based protein. While whey and casein serve their purposes, pea protein is a great way to minimize your intake of animal products while still giving your body the amino acids it needs for a balanced diet.
Pea protein absorbs at a medium rate, which helps give it a nice balance, so that it’ll help keep you satisfied without completely weighing you down. Also, it doesn’t include common allergens like milk or soy, which makes it a great alternative over more controversial protein sources.
Plus, LADDER Plant-Based Nutrition Shake is a great source of protein with 20 grams per serving.
A lot of Americans struggle to get enough fiber in their diet. The 7 grams in each serving of LADDER Plant-Based Nutrition Shake goes a long way toward the recommended 25 grams (for women) or 38 grams (for men).
This fiber mostly comes from non-GMO soluble corn fiber. Non-GMO means the plants it came from weren’t genetically modified. Soluble means it’s a kind of fiber that forms a gel in your gut to help slow digestion. Soluble fiber has a few other great benefits, like helping support heart health and helping keep you satiated longer.
3. Cocoa powder
Why include cocoa powder? Because of its chocolaty taste.
Our cocoa powder is processed with alkali — it’s also known as Dutch-process cocoa.
This means there’s less acidity in the cocoa powder for a richer, more chocolatey flavor.
No surprise here. There’s no added sugar in Openfit’s Plant-Based Nutrition. None. Nada. Nil.
Instead, we looked to two plant-derived, non-nutritive sweeteners. (Non-nutritive means no calories.) The first is stevia, a South American plant that’s been used as a sweetener for hundreds, maybe thousands, of years.
5. Luo han guo
The second plant-derived, non-nutritive sweetener we use is luo han guo, or monk fruit, which comes from a small melon indigenous to Thailand and China. Again, its use dates back centuries. (Many non-nutritive artificial sweeteners in packets have only been around for a few decades.)
6. Vitamin and mineral premix
We get it. You’re busy! That’s why LADDER Plant-Based Nutrition Shake is fortified with 26(!) vitamins and minerals, to help assure you’re getting what you need.
For the most part, you’ll be getting 35% of the Daily Value for most vitamins and minerals.
You also get a whopping 48% of the Daily Value for magnesium, a crucial mineral for muscle and nerve function and protein synthesis, among other things. (People who work out regularly, we thought of you.)
7. Xanthan gum
Is there anything worse than a thin shake that separates or clumps? We agree.
That’s why we included xanthan gum, which works as a plant-based emulsifier and a binder.
It helps LADDER Plant-Based Nutrition come together as one thick, delicious shake.
Salt helps balance flavor, which is why we use a minimal amount.
Sodium is also an essential mineral in our diets, especially for people who exercise. (That’s because you sweat it out.)
Yes, too much sodium may be an issue for some people, but each serving of LADDER Plant-Based Nutrition contains just 420mg, or 18% the Daily Value. It helps you replenish what you lose in sweat — without overdoing it.
9. Natural flavors
Every chef (or food scientist) has their own unique way of making their creations taste fabulous. It might be a secret sauce, a blend of herbs and spices, or a combination of natural flavors.
We use natural flavors but don’t share the specifics because they’re proprietary. They are the “secret sauce” that makes LADDER Plant-Based Nutrition Shake unique and delicious.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration follows a specific definition of the terms natural flavor, which can come from animal or plant sources. Since this is a plant-based product, all the natural flavors here come from plants, too.
Protein Shake Recipes
Ready to use your LADDER Plant-Based Nutrition Shake in your favorite shake or recovery meal now that you have the scoop on your protein shake ingredients? Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite recipes to get you started.
1. Thin Mint Protein Shake
If you think mint and chocolate are a perfect pair, you’ll love this thick, creamy thin mint protein shake. With rice milk as the base, this recipe is totally plant based!
2. Chocolate Strawberry Protein Shake
These two flavors pair perfectly together in chocolate strawberry protein shake; like dessert, but healthier.
3. Chocolate Banana Protein Shake
Keep it simple with this chocolate banana protein shake.
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- The Effects of Whey vs. Pea Protein on Physical Adaptations Following 8-Weeks of High-Intensity Functional Training (HIFT): A Pilot Study www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6358922/
- Closing America’s Fiber Intake Gap www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6124841/
- Easy Ways to Boost Fiber in Your Daily Diet www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/easy-ways-to-boost-fiber-in-your-daily-diet