Whey proteins are a pretty complex ingredient on their own. The sheer amount of variety and promises each different container of whey provides tends to guise the fact that whey is, at its core, an ingredient intended for you to build lean muscle and burn fat. While the most common way for one to consume it is in a shake, that tends to limit the potential that whey protein has for your nutrition.
Here are four alternative ways you can use whey protein outside of the shaker bottle.
MAKE PROTEIN PANCAKES
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These are the easiest breakfast solution that is fun to make, thanks to the myraid of recipes available on the web. They're low-carb, rich in protein, and low-fat, making it the perfect booster to your morning. A straightforward recipe would be:
2 mashed bananas
2 egg whites, whisked
1/2 cup protein powder
You can change up the flavour of the protein powder to make it interesting, or introduce dark chocolate chips, cocoa nibs, blueberries or chia seeds to make it tastier. All you need to do is mix the ingredients thoroughly, or blend them, if you're lazy. Grease a pan, spoon in the pancake mix in your desired size, sprinkle any additions (i.e. chocolate chips), and wait for it to bubble. Flip, cook for a minute, and repeat. This recipe makes about 2-3.
MAKE PROTEIN OATMEAL
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Oatmeal is your run-of-the-mill nutritious breakfast staple. It's full of fibre, and is a complex carbohydrate so it leaves you feeling fuller for longer. There are many different recipes on how to jazz up your daily bowl of oatmeal, but some may require too many ingredients. One great and simple way to bring flavour to your oatmeal, and amp up the nutrition factor is to add in a scoop of protein powder. Chocolate and vanilla go especially well with the earthy taste of oatmeal. You could even add banana slices, if you have the time. It works for overnight oats too.
MAKE A PUMPED UP SMOOTHIE BOWL
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Smoothie bowls are the latest health food trend. You see them everywhere on Instagram, and there are even accounts dedicated specifically to smoothie bowl "art" or inspiration. Though smoothie bowls are a dessert-like treat made with nutritious fruits, nut butters and the like, sometimes, you need an added nutritional kick. This is where protein powder comes in. Granted, the taste of whey may not meld well with fruity smoothie bowls, but those centred around bananas, or nut butters are perfect for protein powder. A basic smoothie bowl recipe would be:
100g sliced and frozen bananas
2-3 tbsp of almond milk
1 cup frozen berries
1 scoop protein powder
Blend it up, sprinkle on some toppings and you're good to go.
MAKE FLAVOURED YOGHURT
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Once you've decided to eat a nutritious, clean diet, you begin to realise just how much added sugars are packed into a seemingly healthy low-fat yoghurt. This leaves you with options like greek or plain yoghurt to eat as a quick snack, or breakfast. In all honesty though, they're pretty bland when eaten straight from the cup. Mixing fruit or nuts in is a simple way to add flavour and texture, or you can ramp it up by introducing some protein powder. Not only will a scoop make your yoghurt more nutritious, it also tastes better — a definite double-win.
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