Protein powder is a great way to supplement your diet, especially if you’re a vegetarian or have other dietary restrictions. The problem is that mixing up shakes every day can get boring really fast. After all, even if you toss in some fruit or nut butter, ultimately, all protein shakes are fairly similar. They are not exactly what most people want on a cold winter’s day. That is why I’m sharing a guest post with 4 great ways to use protein powder.
Luckily, if you’re looking to get a nutritional boost without the boredom, you have plenty of other options. These 4 recipes all use protein powder in innovative ways, allowing you to power up your meals minus the monotony.
Powered Up Protein Pancakes
Everyone loves pancakes, but because traditional pancakes are pure carbs, they’re not always easy to integrate into a balanced diet. If you skip the boxed mix in favour of a nut and protein powder-infused pancake recipe, though, you can make a stack of silver dollar pancakes that won’t weigh you down. A banana in the mix adds some sweetness without artificial or processed sugars.
More Than A Cup Of Coffee
There are countless creamers on the market today that are meant to do more than just liven up a cup of coffee. Think creamers including MCT, unsweetened products made from nut milks, and even collagen creamers, with new products hitting the market all the time. Why buy something new, though, when you’ve already got protein powder on your shelf? A scoop of vanilla protein powder dissolved in hot water and added to your coffee will accomplish the same thing. It will also give you the stable, lasting energy that comes from protein. That’s way better than the blood sugar spikes that come from sugary creamers.
An Oatmeal Upgrade
Oatmeal is a popular breakfast with fitness fanatics, as well as vegans looking for a filling meal. But while steel-cut oats are filling because they’re high in fibre, they don’t offer much in the way of protein. Bridge that macronutrient gap by mixing yourself up a vegan bowl of peaches and cream protein oatmeal using a plant protein powder as your cream element.
Plant protein blends including pea, hemp, and rice proteins offer all the nutritional benefits of whey protein products, with none of the animal products. This allows you to build muscle and strengthen your immune system in one simple scoop. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Souped Up Soup
We generally think of protein powder as sweet, which is why it’s so commonly integrated into breakfasts, smoothies, and baked goods. There’s no reason you can’t use an unflavored protein powder to add more protein to savoury dishes like soup or pasta. Unflavored protein powder easily mixes into curried pumpkin soup, creamy tomato soups, or even brothy vegetable soup or minestrone. This increases the protein without changing the flavour.
A traditional protein shake is fine once and a while. There’s no reason to make it the only way you supplement your diet. Plus, by working protein into an otherwise varied diet, you can be sure that you get all the macro and micronutrients you need to feel and perform your best.
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