Protein is an essential nutrient that helps us maintain energy and strength. Many people do not realize that they are not consuming a sufficient amount of protein each day, but don’t worry. There are easy ways to sneak protein into your daily diet. Popular sources of protein come from grains like quinoa, lean meats such as chicken and turkey, and fruits and veggies (think avocados).
Another easily accessible source of protein is in the form of powder. It helps support muscle growth, making it a popular ingredient in many post-workout meals. However, drinking protein shakes everyday can be boring and eventually unhealthy. Switch it up by substituting and/or inserting protein powder into these traditional recipes.
When following the recipes on this list, use these three guidelines:
1. To prevent dryness…
You can mix in more greek yogurt, cottage cheese, applesauce, or even bananas. Whey protein easily dries up when cooked. If your batter is more than ¼ whey protein powder, add more of the other ingredients to ensure that there’s enough moisture.
2. To maximize volume…
Use flour in your batter to add volume. You can use anything from regular flour, to almond flour, to oat, or even quinoa flour.
3. To add texture…
Add eggs or egg whites to add texture and to help hold the finished product together.
Mix equivalent amounts of vanilla protein powder, almond meal, and nut butter with one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of milk. Add chocolate chips or nuts and store the mix in the fridge. This dough isn’t meant for baking, but it can definitely solve most of your life’s problems.
Who said pancakes are just for breakfast? You can enjoy a classic PB & J any time of day with a healthy dose of protein.
Halloween in August? You don’t actually have to wait until October to enjoy pumpkin, especially when it’s paired with summer fruits like raspberries and blueberries.
#SpoonTip: There are tons of protein powder pancake recipes out there. More than likely, you’ll find any flavor you’re craving, so pumpkin isn’t your only option.
This recipe gives you a protein pizza crust, to which you can add your favorite toppings.
Nutella stuffed muffins that are actually good for you. What more do you need?
A perfect on the go snack between classes or at the office. Packed with protein, fiber, and sugar, these bites will help you keep your energy up throughout the day.
Get fancy and add some of these fun toppings: coconut, pumpkin, nuts, berries, cinnamon and vanilla, apple slices, or even peanut butter.
This blueberry protein oatmeal recipe makes for a sweet and healthy breakfast or a scrumptious mid-morning snack.
You don’t have to feel guilty about this Sunday morning treat. Need ideas to add some flavor? Try topping them with cinnamon, nuts, chocolate, or berries. You can also drizzle them with nut butter, syrup, or even a scoop of greek yogurt for extra taste and an extra Instagrammable breakfast.
While protein is essential, be sure you are not consuming more protein powder than necessary. Balance out your diet with water, vegetables, fruits, and natural, organic sources of protein. Make sure to always talk to your doctor to find the best diet options for your body, and enjoy your protein.