Protein powder has become a bit of a staple in most fitness devotee’s kitchen cupboards, and we’re becoming more and more experimentative with using it, i.e. not just in shakes. Personally I can’t imagine anything more miserable than a scoop of protein powder just mixed with water in a shaker. It just doesn’t do anything for me, no matter how amazing the flavour!
My go-to use of whey is in a post-workout smoothie – made thick with frozen fruit and creamy with almond milk, but there’s so much more you can do with whey to really help you boost your protein and get building that muscle you’ve trained so hard for! Here are my top 12 uses for my favourite protein – MyProtein Impact Whey Isolate.
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12 Uses for Whey Protein
In a smoothie… duh
This is probably the most basic, but really effective, ways of using protein powder. I make a high-protein smoothie after every early morning workout… it’s my “first breakfast“. Simply mix frozen fruit with almond milk or coconut water and then blitz again with a scoop of whey protein. I also add creatine, which I’ve found has made a massive difference to my lifting. Easy.
Another really quick and easy way to use protein powder is to add a scoop to your morning porridge. I tend not to do this if I’ve already had my smoothie, as I tend to think one scoop of whey a day is enough (for me), but on days when I haven’t had a post-workout smoothie, protein porridge is an easy way to get my extra protein kick. Make your porridge as usual (boiled or microwaved – I tend to use water if I’m going to add protein powder) and stir a scoop through once cooked.
This is an ideal use for protein powder, and probably my most-used second to a smoothie. I’ve made protein pancakes from a variety of different recipes, but one of my favourite is the super simple three ingredient protein pancakes. There’s nothing quite like cutting into a stack of pancakes knowing you’re still keeping to a macro-friendly meal. I especially like mine topped with berries, peanut butter and a cheeky squirt of choc shot.
My favourite way to make protein chocolates is with dates and sea salt to make a kind of salted caramel truffle! All you need is some 70% cocoa chocolate, 7 medjool dates (soaked in hot water to soften), 4 tbsp vanilla whey, 4 tbsp almond milk, 2 tbsp coconut flour and 1/2 a tsp of coarse sea salt. Melt the chocolate and drizzle a little in the bottom of a silicone chocolate tray. Put in the fridge while you blitz the remaining ingredients together in a food processor. Remove the tray from the fridge and add a dollop of your truffle mixture. Press the mix down a little with a wet finger, then top with more chocolate and return to the fridge until set. Try not to eat them all at once!
Similar to pancakes, but arguably waffles feel like more of a treat. Check out my recipe for a real treat of a breakfast. I’ll make these when I’ve got a bit of time to spare to enjoy them – the perfect weekend brunch! I have an electric waffle maker, but you can just as easily buy a waffle iron to use on your hob. If you’re feeling really indulgent? Coat the top in melted chocolate and leave them to cool… oh my word.
Protein bars or balls
These are super simple to make and store for whenever you need a quick snack! Just mix together protein powder, nut butter, oat/almond/coconut flour to make your base, add in optional textures/flavours like Rice Crispies, chopped nuts, dried fruit, chocolate drops, honey, etc. Shape into balls or bars and top with whatever takes your fancy. No baking required!
If you haven’t done this yet you are missing out! Protein pudding is one of the simplest, but tastiest things you can do with protein powder. Just mix greek yoghurt with your favourite flavour whey protein (I tend to mix half a scoop per 150g of yoghurt) for the biggest protein kick of your life! Top with fruit and/or granola for a delicious pudding, or layer in a kilner jar if you want to be instagrammable!
Protein ice cream
A slight twist on the above, homemade protein ice cream is super satisfying! Mix greek yoghurt with whey protein, but this time blend it together with some frozen fruit (bananas are really good, or berries/mango. Transfer to a freezable container stirring every 10-20 mins, or mix in an ice-cream maker if you have one! Delicious. If you really feel daring you could go for raspberry swirl effects, or stir in nuts/chocolate chips for a bit of crunch.
I’m a big fan of Battle Oats, but these sorts of things can get very expensive so if I’m feeling a bit strapped for cash I’ll make my own flapjack snack bars. They can be frozen and taken out when you desire, and you can top them with chocolate or yoghurt coating to make them a little bit more… luxurious. Check out the recipe I wrote for Runista of the ultimate energy bar and simply swap half to two thirds of the oat flour for whey protein!
Protein hot chocolate
This may sound a little weird, but a lot of people make hot chocolate with chocolate powder, so why not protein powder for your evening wind-down drink? Perfect for overnight muscle synthesis while you sleep! Simply mix a scoop of chocolate whey with warm almond milk or water and a drop of vanilla extract if you fancy! Add a teaspoon of coffee for a mocha… yum.
Sometimes that sweet tooth kicks in and you want something really sweet and fudgy… when that time comes, turn to protein fudge. All you need is whey protein, coconut flour, peanut butter, pea protein, coconut milk or almond milk and honey. Amazing. This recipe for protein fudge from Protein Pow is my favourite – she really knows her protein baking!
Another recipe for knocking up when you want to stock up on healthier snacks! All you need is mashed banana, oats, dates, eggs, walnuts, protein powder and baking powder. Blitz it all together, pour into muffin cases and bake at 180o until a skewer comes out clean. The full recipe can be found in my post about the Tefal Fruit Sensation blender!
So that’s it, my top 12 uses for MyProtein Impact Whey Isolate! What’s your favourite way to use protein powder?
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