Whether you’re trying to slim down or hoping to bulk up, getting more protein is probably on your radar. Foods (and beverages) high in protein can help curb your hunger, making it easier to eat fewer calories and stay fuller longer. And post-workout protein is key to encouraging potential muscle repair and swift recovery time.
Protein powder is an easy, simple, and delicious way to get more protein in your diet (the average 130-pound person needs 48 grams of protein per day, although that number changes according to your goals). But too often people find themselves in a rut of drinking the same ol’ chocolate or vanilla protein shake each day.
Why stick to the basics when there are so many new and amazing flavors out there? Try switching things up a bit by adding a few of these into your daily protein regimen.
1. Mocha Cappuccino
The Gold Standard 100% Whey Protein by Optimum Nutrition offers up 24 grams of protein in a single scoop. Since their protein powder only has two grams of sugar per serving, it’s a great choice for those who want to keep their sugar intake low. And if you’re a Starbucks aficionado, try ON’s Mocha Cappuccino Powder.
2. Cinnamon Bun
With 25 grams of protein and less than a gram of sugar, ISO 100 Protein Powder by Dymatize Nutrition gives you the protein boost you need in your diet without the added carbohydrates. This powder is also hydrolyzed, which means that it’s faster to digest. And if you’ve got a thing for breakfast pastry, Dymatize Nutrition Cinnamon Bun is the flavor for you.
Take it to the next level: Combine one scoop of protein powder, an apple, eight ounces of milk or a milk substitute, and a cup of ice in a blender. Puree away! Top it off with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg, and enjoy your new favorite post-workout meal.
3. Fuzzy Navel
Syntrax creates truly unexpected Nectar Protein Powder flavors, like Fuzzy Navel. All of their powders are high in protein (this one contains 23 grams of protein in a single scoop) and low in carbohydrates. They’re also lactose-free.
Take it to the next level: Mix up a scoop of Fuzzy Navel Nectar with 8 ounces of cold water—or if you’re feeling peachy, turn it into a high-protein ice cream. Blend one cup of frozen peaches, one cup of milk, ¼ teaspoon of xanthan gum, and a scoop of protein powder in your blender. Add this mixture to your ice cream maker, turn it on, and leave it be for 15 minutes until it turns into a thick and frozen treat. Enjoy!
4. Orange Dreamsicle
The Orange Dreamsicle ISO 100 Protein Powder has the same benefits of the other protein powders by Dymatize Nutrition, but with a fruity twist.
Take it to the next level: Blend a scoop of protein powder with one cup of milk or a milk substitute, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, ½ cup of orange juice, and one cup of ice for a refreshing, filling treat. Perfect for those hot summer months.
5. Birthday Cake
The brand-new (but limited edition—sad face) BodyTech Whey Tech Birthday Cake Powder is loaded up with 24 grams of protein in one scoop, with only one gram of sugar. Now you really can have your cake and eat it too!
Take it to the next level: Throw one cup of raw oats, one scoop of BodyTech Birthday Cake protein powder, three egg whites, ¼ cup of milk or milk substitute, and 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder into a blender. Once the ingredients are thoroughly blended, cook in a hot skillet or on a griddle like you would a typical pancake. Top with a dash of maple syrup or your favorite fresh fruit.