Check out these creative ways to add protein powder to your diet outside of the same old shakes.
Are you looking to add some extra protein to your diet? Chances are if you are trying to increase muscle tone and lose some extra body fat, you have already started drinking protein shakes. But as many “gym rats” can tell you, there will be a time when you become sick and tired of the same old protein shake. It’s inevitable.
Luckily, there are numerous ways you can use protein powder to help increase your protein intake by simply adding it to your favorite foods.
Here are some popular alternatives that may help you get out of that boring shake rut:
Baking (muffins/waffles/cookies)- You can have your workout snack and dessert at the same time. Can’t get much better than that! Checkout my Pumpkin Protein Bars recipe here.
Yogurt- Try mixing a scoop of banana, chocolate or vanilla flavored protein powder to a cup of greek yogurt. Yummm!
Fruit smoothie- Add one scoop to your favorite fruit smoothie. Try it with my Cinnamon Almond Smoothie. This smoothie is so yummy and packed with nutritious ingredients.
Oatmeal- Easy & delicious! Pack your breakfast with some extra protein by adding a scoop to your warm oatmeal.
Homemade nut butters- Add a scoop to my Homemade Almond Butter recipe for that extra bang of protein.
Coffee- Don’t get enough protein in the morning? Stir some protein powder into your coffee.
Please note, there are many different kinds of protein powder on the market today. Not all are created equal.
Whey and casein protein powders are both derived from milk. If you are vegan, plant protein powders are derived from an array of sources, including sprouts, peas, hemp, and grains and seeds. They’re a great alternative to whey or milk proteins. They are rich in vitamins and minerals, and often provide antioxidants, amino acids, fiber and more.
If you prefer a milk protein, whey is typically the most popular protein powder purchased and is also a “complete” protein. (Complete proteins contain all nine of the amino acids necessary for human dietary needs.)
The main difference between whey and casein is that whey is absorbed in the digestive system quickly, whereas casein is absorbed slowly and steadily. Whatever protein you decide to buy make sure to do your research based on your lifestyle and price point.