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BEYOND THE SHAKER BOTTLE: Game-Changing Ways to Use Protein Powder!

Game-Changing Ways to Use Protein Powder

If you need some inspiration to find new, different and more exciting ways to put that trusty tub of protein powder to good use, look no further – try some of these protein recipes!

If you’ve ever had a Personal Trainer, spoken with an athlete, or read anything related to health and fitness (especially regarding the topic of nutrition), you would have already heard the importance of protein being emphasized over and over again. But sometimes, getting a sufficient amount of protein from whole foods can be a little tricky… That’s where protein powder comes in!

Protein powder is one of the quickest, easiest and tastiest ways to hit your macros, particularly if you are frequently on the go and do not have enough time to cook, prepare, or eat protein-rich whole foods such as lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, soy, low-fat dairy, and legumes.

Most people simply add a scoop to a shaker bottle, with some water or milk and chug away. However, if you’re anything like me, you might find drinking the humble protein shake a tad boring, not to mention the not-so-satisfactory consistency that varies from being bland and diluted to clumpy or chalky. Despite the nutritious benefits still provided, I believe that calories not enjoyed are calories wasted! So I have made it my mission to come up with more creative and satisfying uses, beyond the boring shaker bottle!

Evidence-Based Benefits of Protein Powder Supplements:

  • It helps with satiety, appetite control and fat-loss
  • It assists with weight gain
  • It prevents and reduces muscle loss and injuries in older adults
  • It supports hormone production and strong immunity
  • It promotes muscle growth and strength
  • It aids the recovery process of repairing damaged tissues
  • It helps hit daily protein requirements whilst providing additional nutritional elements
  • It is super convenient!

Game-Changing Ways to Use Protein Powder

1. Protein Oatmeal

Adding protein powder to your oatmeal, whether cooked fresh on the stovetop, or made overnight in the fridge, is a great way to boost its protein content whilst providing a delicious, creamier texture.

Recipe: Classic Overnight Oats

Combine 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup yogurt and 1 scoop protein powder in a small container or jar. Top with anything you like – berries, banana, cacao nibs, seeds, cinnamon, or even nut butter. Store in the fridge overnight and mix well before eating.

2. Protein Baked Treats

Protein powder can be added to pretty much any recipe for baked goods, such as brownies, cookies, cupcakes, or muffins. So when you talk about ‘having your cake and eating it to’, this is how to do it right!

Recipe: Chocolate Protein Brownies

In a blender, combine 1.5 cups oats, 1-2 scoops chocolate protein powder, 4 tablespoons tahini, 6 tablespoons cacao powder, 1 cup dates, 1.5 cups milk, 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey, and a pinch of salt. Pour into a greased or lined baking pan and pop into the oven at 180°C for 20 minutes.

You could also make muffins or cupcakes with the same recipe by using the necessary molds instead of a baking pan.

3. Protein Bites

Protein bites are a super simple and creative way to use protein powder, especially for making smaller, convenient snacks for on the go.

Recipe: No Bake Almond Butter Protein Bites

Using a food processor or blender, pulse together 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 cup almond butter, 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup flaxseed, 1/2 cup oats, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons chia seeds until well combined. Add 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional) then pulse again. Remove the mixture and roll into 12 equally sized balls.

4. Protein Yogurt

Combine protein powder with Greek yogurt for a nutrient and calorie-dense breakfast that is so good, it could double as a dessert.

Recipe: Protein Yogurt and Fruit Bowl

In a bowl, add 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 cup raspberries, 1/2 sliced banana, 1 sliced kiwi, and 2-3 tablespoons of nuts or seeds (for a crunchy texture).

5. Gummies (Collagen)

This might just be the biggest game-changer of all (especially if you have a sweet tooth like me)!

Recipe: Collagen Protein Gummy Bears

In a small pan over low heat, warm 1 cup of orange juice with the juice of 1 large lemon. Stir in 2 tablespoons of maple syrup until dissolved. Remove from heat and slowly add 1.5 scoops collagen powder until fully dissolved. Add food coloring of choice. Pour mixture into gummy bear molds or small ice cube molds. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before removing from the mold set and eating.

6. Protein Coffee

Most of us start the day with a good old caffeine boost, so why not seize the opportunity and boost your protein intake as well.

Recipe: Protein Coffee Frappuccino

Add 1-2 teaspoons instant coffee OR expresso, 1 cup milk, 1 scoop protein powder and a couple of ice cubes to a blender. For extra sweetness, add some honey or maple syrup.

7. Protein Ice Cream

Because, who doesn’t love ice cream?? And if there is anything better than ice cream, it’s the kind that packs a protein punch along with all the yum.

Recipe: Oreo Protein Ice Cream (a.k.a. Oreo McFlurry)

Using a blender, add 1 tin coconut milk and blend until creamy. Add 1 scoop protein powder and sweetener of choice (1 teaspoon honey, syrup, or even a few dates) and blend again until the mixture is thick but smooth. Transfer to a container or loaf pan and stir in 4-5 crushed Oreo cookies, then place in the freezer. (To ensure that it does not get icy, mix again after 20 minutes). When you’re ready to indulge, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for about 10 minutes before scooping.

Whether your goal is to build muscle, maintain weight, lose fat, or simply get more protein in your diet, protein powder is a simple and effective way to support your nutrition and fitness goals. Be sure to choose a high-quality protein powder that contains all essential amino acids, wholesome ingredients, and no fillers or additives.

If you’re not sure which to choose (because let’s be honest – there are so many options which can certainly be overwhelming), just reach out to one of the coaches at Iconic Fitness. They can also help you determine how much protein you as an individual actually need, based on your needs, activities and fitness goals.