Protein powder is a great supplement to help you reach your protein needs, especially for people like myself who don’t like eating a ton of meat.
Today I want to share my top 10 ways to use protein powder. Please share your ideas and favorite recipes in the comment section below.
Note: I am contacted regularly by supplement companies to sample their products and post reviews. My favorite all-time protein powder remains the same. Beverly International UMP Vanilla. I’ve decided to stop accepting protein samples because although some of the other options are okay, nothing else really compares.
1.) Green Protein Smoothie
To make your favorite smoothie green, simply add a handful of spinach (I prefer frozen spinach as it blends easier and lasts longer) to the mix. The spinach will take on the taste of the other flavors and you won’t even know it’s there. Except, of course, for the fact it’s green.
2.) Protein Pancakes
I’m to the point now where I prefer protein pancakes to the regular. Click here for one of my favorite recipes.
3.) Overnight Protein Oats
Overnight oats are super easy and convenient meal options. In a glass jar or Tupperware container, mix a half a cup of oats, one scoop of protein powder, some greek yogurt and/or cottage cheese if you want some added protein, and sweetener and/or spices. Then, add your favorite milk product or water until a pudding texture is created. Sit in the fridge overnight, or for a few hours, and you have yourself a protein packed meal.
Here is one of my favorite combinations.
4.) Protein Mug Cake
My favorite bedtime snack of all time. Click here for the recipe.
5.) Protein Pudding or Protein Sludge
I first learned about this from internet sensation Muffin Topless. In a bowl, mix 1 scoop of protein powder, 2 tbsp PB2, 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, and stevia to taste. Continue to mix while adding 1 tbsp of water at a time until a pudding-like texture is created. For more fun, add chocolate chips.
6.) Protein Icing
Mix half a scoop of protein with a cup or so of Greek yogurt to create an icing texture. Use a fruit-on-the-bottom-type yogurt, or add your own fruit and sweetener to the plain stuff to take this to the next level.
7.) Protein Shakes Using Cottage Cheese
I’m not a fan of cottage cheese by itself, but if you mix it with protein either in a blender or in your overnight oats, it becomes a game changer. My cinnamon bum protein shake is a prime example of this. Don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it.
8.) Protein Muffins
For a great, portable option I like to bake a batch of protein muffins, wrap in foil, and throw into my bag before I leave the house. There are tons of recipes all over the internet. Your results will depend on the type of protein you use and will probably take some experimenting.
9.) Protein and Water
This is the least exciting, but most practical option. Mix a scoop of protein with a cup or two of water and chug. Results, again, will depend on the flavor/quality of protein. By the way, looking at that bowl of fruit has me dying for summer and fresh produce!
10.) Hot Protein Oats
Add a scoop of protein powder to a bowl of hot oats, adding more water/milk as needed. Top with sweetener, fruit, spices, nut butters, or all of the above and enjoy.
Q: Your turn! Tell me your favorite way to consume protein powder!