Irrespective of the health goal is to lose weight, build lean muscles, bulk up, or bodybuilding, protein is unarguably the most vital macronutrient.
Protein helps us stay lean by providing fullness; it boosts metabolic rate, adds strength to muscles, and promotes new muscle growth. Therefore, one must include protein-rich foods like pulses, legumes, dairy, eggs, seafood, chicken, lean meat, nuts, and seeds in the diet. Apart from dietary sources, you can also opt for protein powders that are high in protein, quick and versatile to consume.
If you are a fan of protein powders but are bored of taking your regular protein shake, try these high-protein recipes and add a little twist to your protein powders.
1. Protein Pancakes
Ingredients: 1 scoop protein powder, 1 tsp grounded flaxseeds, one whole egg, 1 cup regular milk/ almond milk, and one ripe banana.
Recipe: Mix all the ingredients together to make a smooth batter and prepare fluffy pancakes for a protein-packed breakfast.
2. Vanilla Protein Ice-cream
Ingredients: 3-4 frozen bananas, one scoop of vanilla protein powder, half cup of regular milk/ almond milk, stevia for sweetness (optional).
Recipe: Blend frozen bananas and protein powder until thick and creamy; add milk to adjust the thickness. Can add stevia for sweetness. Add the mix to a deep pan and freeze.
3. Coconut Protein Balls
Ingredients: 5-10 soaked dates, a few almonds, 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, one scoop of any flavored protein powder, and desiccated coconut.
Recipe: Add the almonds to your food processor and process into coarse flour; add the dates and water and process until combined. After that, add cocoa and protein powder and adjust the mixture consistency to easily roll balls out of it. Gently roll the round ball into coconut powder, covering it in coconut. You can store these balls in an air-tight container for up to a week.
4. Protein Banana Bread
Ingredients: 1 scoop unflavoured protein, 1.5 cups whole wheat flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 tsp salt, three mashed bananas, 1/4 tsp MCT oil, two whole eggs, and honey (optional for sweetness).
Recipe: Mix all the ingredients together to make a smooth batter. Transfer the batter to a pan and bake at 325 degrees for 50-60 minutes. One can also add nuts or seeds to the batter to add crunch to the bread.
5. High-Protein Dip
Ingredients: 1 cup low-fat Greek yogurt, herbs, salt to taste, a pinch of black pepper, onion, garlic powder, 1/2 scoop unflavoured protein powder, and water to adjust the consistency.
Recipe: Mix all the ingredients together to prepare a smooth dip. Enjoy it with vegetables, toasted bread, celery, or crackers.
Try these yummy and super healthy recipes to enjoy the protein powder efficiently. Ensure that ingredients added to these recipes are not loaded with salt and sugar.