How to Add Protein Powder to Your Diet

protein powder-shakeProtein powder provides a quick, high protein nutritional boost after a workout, just add water or milk and shake, or add a scoop or two to your favorite smoothie. The perfect high protein snack or meal replacement.

Ways protein powder can be added to many of your favorite foods throughout the day:

  • Add it to your oatmeal. Stir a spoon or two into your morning oatmeal and top with fresh fruit to increase available protein immediately after breakfast.
  • Freeze it. Mix Greek yogurt and your favorite protein powder, freeze for about an hour, mix and refreeze and enjoy. Add a splash of almond milk for a smoother texture. You can freeze the mix in small paper cups and insert popsicle sticks for portable protein popsicles. You can also add drained, sliced fruit for more healthy flavor and variety.
  • Protein waffles and pancakes. Add a scoop of protein powder to your pancake or waffle mix and prepare as you normally do. Top with fruit and ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, or pumpkin pie spice. Your breakfast or brunch will be full of flavor and highly nutritious.
  • Add it to your coffee. Mix equal parts of vanilla protein powder and almond milk as creamer for your coffee. Your protein creamer is much healthier and lower in calories than store-bought creamers with no added unnatural oils, flavors or food coloring.
  • Bake from scratch? Most any flour-based food can be enhanced with protein powder. Cookies, breads, even pizza dough can be a protein-rich food with the addition of protein powder.
  • Peanut butter chocolate brownies. Combine one small egg, a scoop of chocolate protein powder and a tablespoon of peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Mix thoroughly and then microwave for one to two minutes until the surface becomes cake-like. Allow the brownie to cool and enjoy it warm right from the bowl.
  • No bake protein power bars. Combine a cup of your favorite protein powder with a half cup of almond meal and one cup of powdered milk. Then add two tablespoons of peanut butter and a tablespoon of water. Mix thoroughly with your hands to create a stiff dough and press the mixture into a greased baking pan. Chill until set and slice into bars to serve.
  • Hot chocolate. You can also add protein powder to your hot beverages, start with hot chocolate or cocoa on chilly nights after the gym.

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