Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Food File: 6 Ways to Use Protein Powder


As a vegetarian I'm always looking for ways to incorporate more protein into my diet and one easy way to add to my daily intake and make sure I reach a healthy amount is by sneaking protein powder into my meals. I find that it's a super easy way to get some extra protein grams, and all you have to do is be a bit creative. The smoothie option is a pretty basic one that I'm sure you all know, so today I wanted to give you 6 not-so-usual ways to incorporate your favourite protein powder into your meals.

As for favourite protein powder brands I can tell you that for some time I was using Vega Protein Powder (vanilla flavour) but after a while I found it to be a bit too sweet for me, but this was years ago, and I know they have introduced new formulas, so perhaps those aren't as sweet? I guess I have to try. Then I tried North Coast Naturals Vege PRO - 7 (vanilla flavour) and was happy with it until my friend Aylin introduced me to Genuine Healthy Fermented Vegan Proteins+ which I also found really good and it's the one I've been buying lately. I like that these I have mentioned are 100% natural, have zero sugar, they are dairy-free, gluten-free, and all made from plant based sources.

Ok so let's see how you can incorporate them into your meals:

1. Make Energy bites: I love making and having these in the fridge as sometimes I just need a bit of energy before I go for a run in the morning and I find them perfect for that. Easy to grab, easy to digest, and you know what you're eating. They are also a great snack alternative and easily customizable to your own preferences ;)

2. Added it to your Acai Bowl: If you find the vanilla or chocolate flavour of your protein powder to be too strong, try an unflavoured version instead! I had no idea Genuine Health also carries that so I might have to pick it next time as it gives you more versatility in the kitchen if you're creating and experimenting with new recipes. It also doesn't tie you to one flavour.

3. Make Protein Bars: Remember these from last week? So easy to make and so healthy for you! I came up with another recipe that I'll share as soon as I can photograph it :) 

4. Add it to your oatmeal: I shared this blueberry oatmeal recipe some time ago and it's delicious! Has 29 grams of protein and 6 grams of sugar that come, almost exclusively, from the blueberries. 

5. Make protein chocolate chip cookies: Guys, these are delicious and super healthy for you. They are so good you'll have to freeze some to prevent yourself from eating the entire batch. Trust me. They are GOOD. 

6. Add it to your favourite Nut Butter: I started doing this recently mainly because I bought this almond butter in Florida that I found so interesting because I had never seen protein fortified almond butter before, you? Of course I didn't bring the jar back home, and as I was about to search for it here I thought, well, how dumb of me? Just add a scoop or two the one you already have! This is where the unflavoured protein powder would come in handy, but I have to say, I don't mind the vanilla flavour in it at all. Give it a try! 



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