Wondering how to use Protein Powder if protein shakes are not really your cup of tea? Here are 5 tasty ways to incorporate protein supplements into your breakfast or your snacks.
Why Use Protein Powder?
Protein powder is a supplement and doesn’t replace protein from “real foods” but it has some benefits.
- 1 serving of protein powder contains 20 to 30g of protein. It can be a great help if you struggle to hit your protein macros
- It’s a quick way to give your body some protein just after your workout for muscle growth and recovery
- Whey protein isn’t the only option. There are plenty of plant-based proteins if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant
- There are plenty of flavours available and if you don’t like simple protein shakes there are other ways to use protein powder!
5 Tasty Ways to Use Protein Powder
1. Protein Smoothie: Super simple, fast and yummy. Just blend together your protein powder, milk or yogurt and frozen or fresh fruits. You can also add chia seeds, acai powder, cacao, peanut butter, spinach… basically anything you’d like! The options are endless. If the protein smoothie is your breakfast, you can blend a cup of oats as well for a more substantial meal.
My favourite combos are chocolate protein + banana + almond milk or vanilla protein + frozen berries + acai powder + soy milk. Nothing too adventurous! I also add some ice cubes as I don’t like a thick mixture. It makes a perfect post-workout drink.
2. Protein Porridge: Oats are great but they are not the biggest source of protein. The good news is, you can make proats (aka protein oats) just by adding a scoop of protein into your oats. It tastes better when you cook them in a saucepan rather than in the microwave. And to be honest it doesn’t take that much time.
I’ve always loved chocolate protein oatmeal but my current obsession is this exotic protein porridge ready in less than 10 minutes.
3. Protein Pancakes: Who doesn’t love pancakes on a Sunday morning ? There’s nothing wrong with regular pancakes but if you’ve been to the gym or want a more macro-friendly option then you might prefer to use protein powder. There are plenty of ways to make protein pancakes. If you want a pancake stack ready in 10 minutes, my 3 ingredient protein pancakes recipe is at the end of this post!
4. Protein Ice Cream: Halo Top is fantastic but this is an expensive protein treat. Plus, when you suddenly crave ice-cream at 8pm the last thing you want is go to the supermarket. You can easily make your own protein ice cream in 3 minutes with protein powder, milk, frozen fruits and peanut butter. I posted the recipe in this blog post.
5. Protein Cakes: Another macro-friendly way to indulge! You can find plenty of fit recipes using protein powder online, from brownies to carrot cakes. I’ve shared my protein banana bread and chocolate cake recipes here if you want to check them out.
Protein Pancakes Recipe
For around 10 small pancakes (2 servings), all you need is:
- 2 ripe bananas
- 4 eggs
- 1.5 scoop of protein powder (I like to use Vanilla or Marzipan)
- 1 spoon of cacao (optional)Just blend everything together, heat up a pan, add a tiny bit of oil and start making your pancakes.
Enjoy them with some berries, peanut butter or syrup (I love this Sugar-Free Syrup for guilt-free sweetness)
If you’re looking for a new protein brand to try, here are my favourite:
The Whey from MyProtein (I love Chocolate Milk and Vanilla Cream)
Ghost Whey: I have Cereal Milk and it’s actually so good that I can have it just with milk and ice
Eat Vive Peanut Butter: it’s plant-based! Doesn’t taste amazing in a shake but really good with oats.
How do you use protein powder? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
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