Consider that tub of powder your kitchen’s new power ingredient. Put down the shaker and get experimenting with these unexpected—and easy!—ways to get your protein fix.
- In the food processor, mix protein powder and cottage cheese or yogurt for a snack or dip that tastes like cheesecake. (Better yet, bloom gelatin in almond milk, add to the mixture, and let it set. Now you’ve got yourself an actual protein cheesecake.)
- Blend protein powder with a frozen banana and frozen avocado for protein ‘nice cream.’
- Make protein icing by whisking a small amount of water into protein powder until it reaches an icing-like texture. It’s a perfect topping for French toast!
- Stir protein powder into nut butter and spread on a whole wheat wrap. Roll a banana in the wrap and you’ve got a great grab-and-go breakfast.
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- For that matter, stir protein powder into nut butter any time you want to spread the creamy deliciousness on fruit or toast.
- Make protein PB cookies by mixing peanut butter, vanilla protein powder, an egg, and sweetener of choice (liquid stevia, perhaps?), and baking for ten minutes at 350 degrees.
- When making a berry crumble—or any dessert with a crumbly topping—add vanilla protein powder to the crumble mixture.
- Whisk protein powder into cooked oatmeal for an extra-satisfying breakfast.
- Mix vanilla protein powder, nut butter, almond milk, and chocolate chips for a sticky snack that tastes like cookie dough.
- When baking, replace a scoop of flour with a scoop of protein powder. You’ll reduce carbs and boost protein without changing the texture of the baked good.
- Mix a scoop of protein powder and frozen fruit of choice into yogurt. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight to make protein pops.
- Make protein cereal bars by mixing cereal, vanilla protein powder, melted nut butter, honey, and chocolate chips. Just press your mixture into a baking tray and pop in the fridge.
- Stir a scoop of protein powder into coffee or hot chocolate.
- When making pancakes, swap a few scoops of flour out for protein powder. Or, mix protein powder, an egg, and a few teaspoons of coconut flour to form your own pancake batter.
- Mix a scoop of flavored protein powder into plain Greek yogurt and top with almonds, raisins, or other fruits and nuts for a high-protein breakfast or snack.
- Pump up your usual bowl of cereal by whisking a scoop of protein powder into your milk before pouring it over your favorite cereal.
- Make overnight proats by combining protein powder, oats, almond milk, plain Greek yogurt, and chia seeds in a jar. Add fruit or sweetener and refrigerate overnight.
Sources: Krista Scott-Dixon, Ph.D., Precision Nutrition; Jim White, R.D., owner of Jim White Fitness Studios; Jaclyn Jacobsen, M.S., The Vitamin Shoppe; Brooke Alpert, R.D., owner of B Nutritious; Brian Tanzer, M.S., C.N.S., The Vitamin Shoppe; Lauren Harris-Pincus, M.S., R.D.N., owner of Nutrition Starring YOU; Kim McDevitt, R.D., Vega National Educator