Hi Guys! It is finally March! I see the light at the end of the winter tunnel. I used to really love snow but I am so not into it anymore ever since starting my job in the healthcare industry. That means I have to drive in the worst weather and I do not recommend it. I am always so happy to see the temps going up because that means it can’t snow 🙂
Anywhooo, today I’m going to be showing you 2 different ways to use protein powder. I feel like we are always trying to get more protein into our diets and powders are a great way to do it! BUT, I am not a fan of the chalky mouthfeel of protein powders. I just can’t get around it no matter how much fruit, greens, or peanut butter I put into a smoothie. Protein smoothies are a no-go for me. That is why I have been getting creative with how I incorporate my protein powder into my diet.
Use it in Oatmeal
I love using protein powder in my oatmeal in the morning. As if oatmeal wasn’t filling already, the protein powder really bulks it up and adds so much creaminess and thickness. I use the Olly plant protein powder in the Velvet Vanilla flavor. I use plant protein because I can’t eat dairy so whey protein isn’t an option. Luckily, there are SOOOOOO many plant protein options on the market. I really like the vanilla flavor and I find that it’s very fine so it doesn’t make my oatmeal grainy or chalky. I like the vanilla also because it’s very neutral and you can use it in a lot of things. It keeps me full all morning long. Here’s how I make my oatmeal:
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup-1 cup water (depending on how thick or watery you like oatmeal)
1 scoop Olly Plant Protein Powder (Velvet Vanilla)
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
sprinkle of dark chocolate chips
*You can add any toppings you like
Pour oats and water into a bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Mix in protein powder. You may have to thin it out a little with more water because the protein powder can make it really thick. Add cinnamon and maple syrup and stir. Top with chocolate chips and banana (or toppings of choice). I also sometimes stir in a teaspoon of PB2 powder.
It’s simple but it’s my go-to breakfast especially since I do my workout first thing in the morning.
Use it in Pancakes
I am a breakfast fiend!! I love love love breakfast and I could have it for every meal everyday! Pancakes are a huge part of my weekend breakfast. I was trying to make my pancakes work more for my body by putting protein in them. I finally found a recipe that is so yummy and makes the perfect amount of pancakes for Joey and me. This recipe is so good and you can mix in whatever you want like blueberries or chocolate chips. This recipe makes really fluffy pancakes…and when I say fluffy, I mean business because THEY ARE FLUFFAAAY! They are a bit dense (which is an oxymoron because they’re fluffy and dense but…whatever) but you could lighten them up by adding some egg whites. I absolutely love this recipe and I hope you guys do too! Oh not to mention, THEY’RE VEGAN! So for all you vegans out there, I got you!
Those are my 2 ways for using protein powder besides smoothies. If you aren’t a protein smoothie person, give these a go and let me know what you think! I’ve never baked with protein powder but I know that’s also a great way to incorporate protein powder in as well. I’ve just never found a recipe that sounded good to me but I will be on the hunt! If you have recipes that include protein powder, I’d love to hear them!
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