Seven unexpected (and tasty) uses for protein powder
Protein powder has a world of benefits. For fitness junkies, it’s a great way to get the most out of a workout and help your body build muscle. For vegetarians and vegans, it’s an excellent alternative or supplement to plant-based protein options. And for everyone, it can be a great way to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs, especially on busy days.
But as anyone who uses protein knows, there’s only so many days in a row you can drink a protein shake before it starts to feel a little stale. Luckily, most powders are super versatile—you can use them for cooking, baking, or even as a quick add-in to your favourite snack foods.
Here are some of our best ideas to change up your protein routine.
Add an extra boost to your weekend breakfasts by tossing some protein in your pancake batter. Whether you make your flapjacks from scratch or from a mix, the powder should blend in perfectly. If you’re finding it thickens more that you’d like, just add a little extra milk to balance out your batter.
As it turns out, protein powder blends flawlessly into good old-fashioned oatmeal. Try it with fresh berries, chia seeds, nuts and dried fruit, or simply a touch of cinnamon sugar. It’s an easy, ultra-nutritious breakfast that never disappoints.
Turn a basic homemade granola bar recipe into a nutrition-packed protein bar in no time. Simply choose a granola recipe that suits your tastes, and add protein powder in with the other dry ingredients. If you’re using pre-sweetened powder, just remember to drop the sugar levels in your recipe accordingly.
If you haven’t had a protein cookie before, you’re missing out. There are countless recipes to choose from online, ranging from classic chocolate chip to oatmeal peanut butter to banana nut. If you’re not an expert baker, don’t worry—protein cookies are famously simple to put together. Just mix and bake.
Burgers (or veggie burger)
It is unbelievably simple to add an extra kick of protein to any burger recipe. Simply add the powder along with your flour or oatmeal, and you’re all set. This is an especially great option for vegetarians and vegans who want to make sure they’re hitting the protein levels they need each day.
Protein potatoes are delicious, and so easy to make. Just peel and boil your potatoes, then mash in a few spoonfuls of flavourless powder along with milk, eggs and salt. For protein garlic potatoes, just add in some minced garlic and parsley.
Fun recipes are great when you have time to burn, but life can get a little busy to cook up your protein every day. If you’re in a rush, mixing powder into yogurt can be an ideal option. Just scoop in your desired amount, and swirl it in. For this one, strawberry protein powder really hits the spot.