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Jun232017

5 Genius Ways To Use Protein Powder

Maybe you're just not a protein smoothie kind of person, or maybe you need to shake up your protein powder routine. Either way, you're bound to love one — or all five recipes. In fact, if you're like me, you might find the spiked coffee recipe to be life-changing.

1. "Spiked" Coffee 

Spiked Coffee Shake

Like a coffee shop specialty blended drink — but no sugar crash and with a bonus: 26 grams of protein comes with this shake.

Servings: 1
Prep time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Info:  
Calories: 245 | Protein: 26 | Fat: 4 | Carbs: 31

Ingredients:

  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 serving vanilla or chocolate protein powder
  • 1 scoop cafe mocha Life Greens
  • 1 cup cold or room temperature brewed coffee
  • 1 Tbsp. ground coffee
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 cup ice
Method:
  • Add ingredients to blender and enjoy!

2. Strawberry Truffles  


Strawberry Protein TrufflesPerferct portable (kid-approved) breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert. 

Servings: 12 
Prep time: 10 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Info:  
Calories: 47 | Protein: 3 | Fat: 3 | Carbs: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 serving strawberry crème whey protein
  • Pinch Celtic Sea Salt
  • 2 oz. organic coconut milk (or your preferred nut milk)
  • 1 Tbsp. Sunflower Seed Butter (or your preferred nut butter)
  • 1 ounce of macadamia nuts, crushed, for garnish

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together Whey Protein and Celtic sea salt.
  2. With a fork mix and mash in coconut milk and almond butter.
  3. Using your hands form into a large ball of dough.  Next, roll into 12 even sized balls.
  4. Place crushed macadamia nuts on counter or plate and roll each truffle ball into crushed nuts so evenly covered.
  5. Refrigerate truffles for at least 30 minutes (or overnight). 

3. No-Nonsense Chocolate Protein Bars

Chocolate Protein Bars

Low in calories, high in protein and easy on your pocket book. Plus you can say to your friends, "Yeah, I made this." 

Servings: 8 
Prep time: 15 minutes

Nutritional Info: 
Calories: 300 | Protein: 17 | Fat: 18 | Carbs: 24

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup natural chunky almond or peanut butter
  • 2-3 Tbsp. honey, plus more to taste
  • 1¼ cup vanilla (or chocolate) whey protein powder
  • 2 cups steel cut oats (uncooked)
  • (Optional: Melted 80% dark chocolate for drizzle)

Method:

  1. In a medium pot, combine milk, nut butter, and honey over low heat. Stir just until all ingredients are well combined and warmed through. Add protein powder and oats. Stir to combine well. (If mixture is too thick to stir, slowly add milk.)
  2. Grease an 8×8 pan and press mixture evenly into pan. Drizzle with dark chocolate (optional).
  3. Allow bars to cool completely before cutting into squares. Wrap in airtight container and store.

4. Chocolate Avocado Protein Pudding


Chocolate Avocado Protein Pudding

Have you ever tried "chocomole"? This is a take on the same recipe, just with a little more protein. Not a bad deal — plus super tasty and satisfying.

Servings: 2
Prep time: 15 minutes

Nutritional Info: 
Calories: 276 | Protein: 27 | Fat: 10 | Carbs: 22

Ingredients:

  • ½ avocado
  • 2 servings chocolate VeganMax or whey protein powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1/21 cup coconut milk (depending upon desired consistency)

Method:

  1. Add ingredients to blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and serve with a berry as garnish.

5. Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes

Have your pancakes and eat them, too! 

Servings:2
Prep time: 5 minutes  
Cook time: 10 minutes


Nutritional Info: 
Calories: 169 | Protein: 14 | Fat: 8 | Carbs: 10

Ingredients:

  • 1 large (organic) egg
  • ¼ cup vanilla whey protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons organic coconut flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

Method:

  1. Beat all ingredients together on low until protein powder is dissolved.
  2. Spray skillet with non-stick coconut oil spray
  3. Pour mix onto skillet to desired pancake size and fry on medium heat until thoroughly cooked.
  4. You should end up with about 2 big pancakes, or 4 small pancakes. Amount varies slightly by desired size of pancake.

 

 

In health, 

Paul Kriegler, Registered Dietitian, Life Time - Nutrition Program Development Manager.

 

This article is not intended for the treatment or prevention of disease, nor as a substitute for medical treatment, nor as an alternative to medical advice. Use of recommendations in this and other articles is at the choice and risk of the reader.

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