Protein powders have advanced from being something only a body builder might want to swallow, to a delicious way to have a quick meal. They make for fast fuel that is often assimilated more easily than eating a sandwich or a salad, and are versatile enough to eat anytime. With such a wide variety to choose from, you can get a day’s worth of vitamins, minerals, energy boosters, skin brighteners and more, all in a convenient form.
Forget the old school dehydrated milk or eggs—the newest protein powders have ingredients like bone broth, vegetable concentrates and whole grains. You can find one for most any diet restriction, such as vegan, ketogenic or paleo, or choose for enhancements such as collagen.
Most of the directions say to simply add a scoop or two to water and stir. That makes things easy if you want to leave some of the product at your office or gym locker, but making recipes with your protein powder keeps things fun and delicious.
Here are three different protein powder recipes you can try:
Maple Mango Peach Energy Smoothie
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)
The frozen fruits blend up easily with either a traditional or immersion blender. The difference between making a smoothie versus a bowl is simply how much water you add. With maple, mango and peach as a base, you can also add additional fruits such as strawberry or pineapple. Mangos are full of vitamins A and C and are said to beautify the skin. Unlike most fruits, they have iron and thicken a beverage, making it silky smooth and sweet.
1 cup water
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
1-2 scoops protein powder
1/2 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen strawberries (optional)
Blend the ingredients in a blender and enjoy.
Keto Power Bowl
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)
Whether you are on a ketogenic diet or not, the chocolate keto performance fuel powder can make a great shake instantly, or pour it into your favorite yogurt for a lightning-quick bowl that is all around satisfying. To stay within the low-carb limits, you can use monkfruit or stevia to sweeten it. If you have room in your diet for a few carbs, add banana to round out the flavor.
1 packet (2 scoops) chocolate keto protein powder
2 teaspoons monkfruit or other sweetener
8 ounces yogurt (we used a coconut yogurt)
1/2 cup frozen banana (optional)
Berries to decorate (optional)
Blend or mix the protein powder and sweetener into the yogurt. Blend in the banana if using.
Protein Power Bites
Yield: 16 power bites
These are powerful nuggets that you can eat for a snack, dessert or have a few as a meal if you want to. The vanilla protein powder adds a nice hint of flavor along with a whole list of vegetables, grains and legumes. While they taste a lot like a crispy rice treat, the quinoa crisps add even more protein to the mix. The brown rice syrup adds sweetness that works for a wide variety of dietary restrictions.
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1-2 scoops vegan vanilla meal replacement powder
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup quinoa crisps
Melt the chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat.
Mix the almond butter, protein powder and brown rice syrup together.
Mix in half of the quinoa crisps.
Roll the mixture into small balls and dip into the melted chocolate.
Sprinkle the rest of the quinoa crisps on top.
Cool in the fridge to set.