Protein powder is a great resource for building muscle, getting stronger, fueling your body, and recovering after an intense workout. But downing the same tired old protein shake time after time gets boring pretty fast.
Mix up your protein needs by incorporating the powder in some foods you eat — or would love to eat — every day. Here are five fun and tasty ways to use protein powder.
Make Breakfast Better
Oatmeal is a breakfast staple, and for good reason. It’s heart healthy and nutritious. But sometimes, one little bowl of oatmeal isn’t quite enough to get you through a hectic morning.
Add a scoop of whey or casein protein powder to your oatmeal breakfast to give yourself that extra push. It helps you stay fuller longer and still tastes delicious.
Indulge In Pancakes And Waffles
Who doesn’t love a decadent waffle or fluffy pancake? Maybe you think these dishes are out of reach if you’ve adopted a healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, you’re mistaken.
Pancakes and waffles can be healthier if you avoid the syrupy sweet toppings, and add some brown rice or hemp protein powder. Just two scoops whisked into your mix give your meal the protein your body craves.
Make Soup More Filling
Soups are a great option for lunch. Depending on the ingredients, they can be healthy super-foods. The bad news? Soup isn’t all that filling.
By adding two scoops of hemp protein powder, your appetizer-sized entre becomes a full-fledged meal with enough protein to push you through the rest of your day.
Get Rid Of Dip Guilt
Guacamole, hummus, black bean dip — mouth-watering, but also guilt-inducing. And it’s way too easy to overindulge on the chips and dip when the dip is so tasty.
Adding one scoop of pea or hemp protein powder into your dips not only gives snack time added nutritional value, but it also fills you up more quickly. That means you’re less likely to go for seconds. Or thirds.
Bake The Best
Some muffins are on the healthier side of the nutrition scale, while others are, well, not. But even the most sinful baked goods can be saved. Simply replace the flour (up to 1/4 cup) in your recipe with whey or soy protein powder. Less gluten, fewer calories, and more muscle-building protein.
There you have it: five ways to get your daily dose of protein without that boring shake. Or, if you’re really hardcore, maybe five ways to sneak more protein into your diet.
Either way, when you’re ready to build muscle, look great, and feel amazing, reach out to personal trainer Ralph Roberts. With his custom workouts, your body will be begging for more protein in no time.
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