Finding the right protein powder can be a game-changer for women dealing with hormonal imbalances. For me personally, I started an experiment at the end of last year following what was a sh*t year – all of last year I really struggled to get at least 90g protein/day. When I started drinking a protein shake with my meal I was easily clearing 140g protein/day and I didn’t know what to expect but I actually felt great so I stuck with it.

I never weigh myself so I have no idea what that number is but I can tell you that I now fit into a pair of jeans that I wore before I had my first child eight years ago. And this kind of makes sense given this randomized control study from 2023 highlighting high-and normal-protein diets improving body composition and glucose control (PMID: 37475689). More protein is helping me burn fat and get my Insulin right. And the question you guys always ask me is “What protein powder is best?!”

Protein is an essential building block for hormones

Protein aids in the synthesis of hormones crucial for mood regulation, sleep, and stress response, all of which are significantly impacted by hormonal health. Insufficient protein intake can lead to hormonal imbalances, which in turn, can cause a cascade of health issues. While the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for protein stands at approximately 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight, many of us fall short. This deficit not only affects our physical health but also takes a toll on our mental and emotional well-being.

Ensuring you meet your protein goals in the morning can set the tone for your day. A high-protein breakfast can help regulate your appetite and energy levels. Below is my new favorite brand because of the attention to sourcing, prcoessing and variety!


Chocolate Prime Protein Powder, Chocolate Grassfed Collagen Peptides & Core Colostrum

Free from gluten, dairy, whey, soy, fillers chemicals, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners and preservatives! I’ve tried all of the flavors and I loyally return to “chocolate” (what can I say – I’m a chocolate lover!) Their collagen peptides is just another great source of protein that I’ve to consume after a meal or a workout.  And every shake I make gets a scoop of colostrum – it’s “cold-pressed” which means your gut will actually benefit from this one! And because they are an awesome company – they’re extending you 15% off your first order when you use the code: DRLEBLANC.  Just click HERE to browse their products and order 🙂

Incorporating Protein Powders Into Your Daily Routine

Incorporating these powders into your routine shouldn’t feel like a chore. Like everything else – I keep it STUPID SIMPLE – filtered water + powder; before or after a meal and my meals are also easy! I make many of them from my Daily Essentials for Balanced Hormones in my store! If you need more ideas on how to incorporate protein into your day, though keep reading:

  • Breakfast Smoothie – Start your day with a protein-rich smoothie by blending your favorite protein powder with fruits, leafy greens, and your choice of milk or water.
  • The Afternoon Slump: Combat with Protein – Combat the post-lunch fatigue by stirring a scoop of protein powder into a mid-afternoon snack.
  • Post-Workout Elixir – After a strenuous workout, your body needs protein to kickstart the recovery process. Mix your protein powder of choice with water for a quick, muscle-repairing elixir that your body will thank you for.
  • Delicious Baked Goods – Get creative in the kitchen by incorporating protein powders into your favorite baked goods. From pancakes to brownies, protein-infused treats are the perfect way to indulge your sweet tooth, guilt-free.

Shopping for Protein Powders: What to Look For

When shopping for protein powders, it’s important to be discerning. Here are some key factors to consider when making your selection:

  1. Quality Ingredients – Look for powders that use high-quality, preferably organic, ingredients. Sourcing from grass-fed or ethically-raised animals can also positively impact the nutritional profile and your hormonal health.
  2. Transparency and Testing – Choose brands that are transparent about their sourcing and testing practices. Third-party testing ensures that the product is free from contaminants and of high quality.
  3. Hormonal Benefits – Opt for powders that offer more than just protein; those supplemented with hormone-supporting ingredients like adaptogens or superfoods can provide additional benefits (if that’s what you’re into).
  4. Taste and Versatility – Select a powder that you enjoy the taste of and that can easily be incorporated into various recipes.

While protein powder is an excellent resource, it’s essential to use it in moderation. Excessive protein intake can lead to its own set of health issues, including imbalances in gut flora and kidney strain. Always follow serving suggestions and consult with a healthcare professional regarding your specific dietary needs. And remember, everything in moderation!

The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Dr. Francesca LeBlanc. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician. Do not use the information provided in this post for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing medication or other treatment. Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem. Please, do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read on this website.