I would strongly discourage you from using powders, especially while you're still overweight. Adding protein powder to boost your protein intake is a lot like adding sugar or white flour to boost your carb intake-- it meets the letter of the "law" but misses the main point. The protein recommendation exists only partly to get you a certain amount of protein. The main reason you have that recommendation is that foods high in protein are usually high in many other nutrients as well. Measuring how much protein you get FROM FOOD is an indirect way of measuring the many vitamins and minerals you get at the same time.
So instead of protein powder with all the other nutrients stripped out, think about how you can get more protein-rich foods. Fish is a GREAT option, so you're already on the right track there. Chicken and turkey are good options, too. Eggs are good; if cholesterol and/or saturated fats are a problem for you, try one egg mixed with two egg whites, or an egg product like Eggbeaters (check the label to find a brand that's just eggs, vitamin E [it'll probably be called "tocopherol,"] and vegetable coloring.) Try new dairy products like Greek-style yogurt (maybe made into a dip for your veggie or fruit snacks). All of these things give you large amounts of minerals that you don't normally think about, like phosphorus, for example.
If you really, really want a powder to "hide" in smoothies and baked goods and such, try nonfat dry instant milk. It's the same idea as whey powder, but it has all the calcium, other minerals, and B vitamins you get from milk.
The other advantage of food over powder is that you won't be hiding calories along with the protein. People tend to think of protein powder as a supplement rather than a food, but it has a lot of calories. It's easy to "forget" those calories and think you haven't eaten very much. When you're still overweight and still working on teaching yourself to be satisfied with smaller amounts of food, "hidden food" can be counterproductive.
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