As with every nutrient, it’s always best to get protein straight from its whole food source as part of a balanced diet. However, there are times when even the best high-protein foods won’t do the job. Whether it’s because you’re following a plant-based diet, need a quick and easy meal on-the-go, or want to boost muscle recovery, sometimes you’ve got to look to supplements.
Recipes using protein powder can fill that void, thanks to the concentrated protein content in the powder and its hassle-free delivery system. So if you need a quick dose of protein or you’re unable to prepare a full meal, an easy protein powder-based snack is a reliable option (especially compared to going without).
Which protein powder should I go for?
As you may already know, protein powders come in various forms, with whey, soy and casein protein being some of the most popular.
The most commonly used is whey, as it contains a very high level of protein and minimal fat. It’s also a complete protein, which means it includes all nine of the amino acids needed in a human diet. It’s an excellent option for post-workout, as is casein protein powder. If you’re looking for a vegan alternative, opt for soy protein powder or a combination of pea protein and rice protein, which also hit the primary amino acids.
5 Easy protein powder recipes from 8fit
Let’s get down to business: these easy protein powder recipes incorporate your fave powder in delicious ways. From smoothie bowls to sorbets, and even an exotic curry, this list will inspire you to experiment with protein powder in the kitchen!
Green smoothie power bowl
Smoothie bowls are a great breakfast for an energy boost. If you pack them full of greens and fruit, they can usually keep you full until lunchtime. This particular bowl is nut milk-based and is sure to brighten your day with its tropical flavors: banana and mango, with spinach and flaxseed for added nutrition. Stir in some plant-based protein powder to keep it vegan, or mix in the powder of your choice.
Mango mojito sorbet
Yes, you can even add protein powder to ice cream! Blend mango with fresh mint and zesty lime, plus a touch of almond butter for added creaminess (and even more protein). Sweeten with maple syrup (though you might find that the mango is sweet enough!) and add a plant-based protein for an entirely vegan sorbet.
Spiced corn in coconut milk
As many vegans already know, it can be a challenge to match the protein content of a standard diet with only plant-based ingredients. That’s why protein powder comes in handy in this exotic corn and coconut curry. The recipe is African-Indian inspired, with notes of chili, coriander, peanut, and lemon.
Coffee mint smoothie
Start your day with this refreshing twist on a regular coffee. Banana, almond butter, cinnamon and fresh mint will leave you refreshed and energized, while protein powder (of course) provides fuel for your morning.
4-Ingredient protein brownies
What if we told you these chocolate brownies are healthy, delicious, and require only four ingredients? Simply combine banana, peanut butter, raw cacao and protein powder of your choice before baking in the oven for 15 minutes. Cooking with protein powder has never been so easy!
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