Alternatives to Whey Protein Shakes

Hi, I’m Michelle Phelan, nutritionist at Blossom Bariatrics, and today we are going to answer some frequently asked questions from our patients.

Chris from Salt Lake City, Utah, asks, “When I drink my whey protein shakes I feel nauseous and I break out in hives. What’s going on? I can’t drink them and I know I’m not getting my protein in that I need every day.”

Well Chris, you could be experiencing whey intolerance or true dairy allergy. I recommend going to your primary care physician and getting tested for these things.

However, in the meantime, I recommend to all my patients who do experience some discomfort after their whey protein shakes, to check the sweetener on the product. Sometimes it could be the artificial sweetener that they use. So, experiment with different brands and different flavors.

Another option is to use a plant-based protein powder. I like to recommend any rice and pea protein powder, which mixes instantly in your almond milk or water, or your rice milk just like the whey protein. All of these come in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry.

I hope you found this information useful. If you have any additional questions, please visit us at

Until next time, have a healthy day.

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Blossom Nutritionist

Blossom Nutritionist

Jeni is our registered dietitian. She recently relocated to Las Vegas to escape the long, cold winters of northern Idaho. In addition to being our nutrition specialist, she is also a certified weightlifting and sports performance coach. In her free time, she can usually be found in the gym, hiking with her dogs…or spending entirely too much money at Ikea.

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