Should Women Use Protein Powder?


Should Women Use Protein Powder?

Protein is absolutely essential to your diet regardless of gender, weight or age. Some mistakenly believe only hardcore gym goers need to consider protein intake. In reality everyone should be concerned with ensuring they are hitting their daily protein goal; especially women!

How Much Protein Do I Need Per Day?

Bare minimum

If You’re Overweight


To Maintain Weight

For Muscle Gain

For Fat Loss

Bodyweight x 1.2g of protein daily

Bodyweight x 1.2g-1.5g of protein daily

Bodyweight x 1.7g-1.8g of protein daily

Bodyweight x 1.4g-2g

Bodyweight x 1.6g-2.4g of protein daily

Bodyweight x 1.6g-2.4g of protein daily

These are the optimal protein intakes for different individuals. Studies suggest that you could even go higher than 2.4g per kg of body weight daily and experience no negative effects. Unless you have pre-existing liver or kidney conditions, there is no downside to consuming a high protein diet.

Will I Get Bulky?

Many women avoid protein powder because they think consuming it will make them big or “bulky”. This is a MYTH. High protein consumption does not contribute to weight gain or turn you into a hulking muscle man overnight. If your goal is fat loss you will actually need more protein than if you were just trying to maintain your weight.

woman drinking protein shake

What Kind of Protein is Best For Me?

This will depend on your personal goals and preferences. A whey protein might be perfect for one person but obviously would not be suitable for a vegan. In saying this, don’t fall for companies that tell you to buy a protein powder specifically designed for women. Men and women digest protein the same way. If a protein powder claims to be female specific it is likely just a marketing ploy.

Here are the different protein powders to choose from:

Whey Protein

  • Most popular option
  • Digests quickly
  • Cheap
  • Mixes well
  • Tastes great
  • Huge range of flavour options (including butterscotch caramel with actual caramel pieces)

Whey Isolate

  • Just like whey protein but without the lactose and fat
  • Perfect for those trying to lose fat or struggle to digest lactose
  • Digests quickly and mixes well
  • Very light and airy when blended
  • Keeps you feeling full and tastes delicious

Hydrolysed Whey Isolate

  • VERY easy to digest
  • Good for those who tend to have allergic reactions
  • A bitter taste compared to other proteins (good if you’re not a sweet tooth)

Micellar Casein

  • Slow digesting protein
  • Useful if you are going for a long time without food (great to have before bed!)
  • Much thicker than whey (makes for a delicious thick shake or even better mixed in yoghurt)
  • Works well in baking

Egg White Protein

  • Great for those avoiding dairy
  • Digests slowly (similar to casein)
  • Contains essentially no fat
  • Good way to thicken up a smoothie, add to porridge or bake cookies with

Pea Protein

  • Dairy free and great for vegans
  • Decent amino acid profile
  • Really great for protein baking

Faba Bean Protein

  • Also great for vegans
  • No gritty texture
  • Heat stable - good to use in soups
  • Tastes good in smoothies
  • Adding faba bean protein to pasta increases satiety and reduces blood sugar spikes

Hemp Protein

  • Good for vegans
  • High in fibre compared to other proteins
  • Good source of iron, calcium and potassium
  • Contains omega fatty acids which are good for heart health

Beef Protein

  • Made from collagen (not meat)
  • Beneficial for skin and joint health
  • Not a complete protein
  • Studies show it can be especially beneficial for older women who eat a low protein diet
  • Can use in recipes (like tortilla chips)

Rice Protein

  • Vegan friendly
  • Mixes easily (great in smoothies)
  • Suited to those with sensitive tummies
  • Works well in waffles

Soy Protein

  • Reduces number of hot flushes in menopausal women
  • Not a complete protein
  • Vegan friendly
  • Not great for endometriosis sufferers trying to reduce soy intake

Mass Gainer

  • Perfect for those who struggle to eat enough calories
  • Contains over 420 calories per 100g
  • Awesome for recovery
  • Thick consistency (like a ice cream thick shake)

Meal Replacement

  • Contains carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals as well as protein
  • Good for those who want a quick, easy meal
  • Vegan & diabetic friendly
  • Slow digesting and very filling
  • Comes in a delicious banana choc nib flavour

How Do I Use It?

As a shake

Why go to McDonald’s for a milkshake when you can make a healthier, cheaper version at home? A good protein should taste nice when shaken up with 200-250ml of water. It is even better when you blend it with ice. Alternatively you could mix with milk and add extras like fruit, peanut butter or whipped cream.

protein shake in glass jar and straw

In baking

Get creative in the kitchen and add protein powder to your cooking. Check out our recipes page for inspiration. Options include muffins, pizza, apple pie slice, energy balls, cookies and more!

freshly baked protein muffins

In yoghurt

30g of protein powder stirred into 200g of greek yoghurt makes the most delicious pudding. The combination creates a cake frosting-like texture. Add some berries or peanut butter on top and you’ve got an awesome breakfast or snack.

protein powder with yoghurt in bowl

In oats

Proats are one of the most popular new breakfast recipes. Just stir a scoop into your cooked oats and you’ve got a delicious, high protein meal. We also recommend topping your porridge with some fruit and protein chocolate. This might just be your new favourite meal.

protein powder with oats in bowl


Protein powder has been wrongly portrayed as a men’s product for too long. The many benefits of consuming more protein include;

  • Better recovery
  • More likely to feel full after eating
  • Increases metabolism through the thermic effect of food
  • Prevents bone, hair and muscle loss
  • Assists fat loss.

On a final note it is always best to purchase New Zealand made products. Supplements made in New Zealand are tightly regulated to ensure they are of the best quality possible. Avoid wasting money on imported products when the best quality proteins are locally made.