Not just for smoothies and shakes, protein powder can easily be added to loads of recipes to up the flavour, staying power, and above all in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, your immunity. That’s right, protein plays an important role in forming the cells involved in the immune response.
Hibernate healthily and take advantage of the extra downtime right now by giving these simple recipes a go.
Nutty Vanilla Protein Balls
- 1 scoop (about 2 tablespoons) vanilla pea protein powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- ⅓ cup almond butter (or sub with tahini for a nut-free version)
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil, melted
- 2 teaspoons rice malt or maple syrup
- ½ cup desiccated coconut
In a medium bowl, combine the protein powder and coconut flour. Add remaining ingredients except for the desiccated coconut, and stir until smooth and combined. With your hands, roll into truffle-sized balls. Pour the desiccated coconut onto a dinner plate and roll each ball on the plate until evenly coated. Place on a baking paper-lined tray and refrigerate for 1 hour.
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Clean, Green Protein Thickshake
This is kind of a smoothie recipe, but it’s so thick that it tastes more like pudding.
- 1 scoop (about 2 tablespoons) vanilla or chocolate protein powder (whey or plant-based protein will work)
- ⅓ – ½ a cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon avocado
- 1 tablespoon 100% almond or peanut butter
- 6 almond milk ice cubes (simply pour almond milk into an ice cube tray and freeze)
- 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
Place the ingredients into a blender in the order that they’re listed. Blend until smooth (avoid over blending to keep this super thick). Pour into a glass or a bowl and eat with a spoon.
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- ⅓ cup traditional rolled oats (you can increase the serving if you’re eating for gains, and increase liquid accordingly)
- ⅔ cup water or almond milk
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 scoop of your favourite whey or plant-based protein powder (vanilla or chocolate-flavoured works well)
- Berries and 100% peanut or almond butter, to serve
Add the oats, liquid, and salt into a pot. Heat and stir over medium heat for approx 5 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from heat, stir in protein powder, and pour into a bowl. Top with berries and nut butter.
Add the oats, liquid, and salt into a large, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on 80% power for 1 minute; stir and microwave for another 60-90 seconds on 80% power, or until liquid has been absorbed. Stir through protein powder and top with berries and nut butter.
Coconut milk yoghurt makes a great alternative to dairy-based yoghurt if you don’t do dairy, but the downside is that it’s low in protein; adding a scoop of pea or brown rice protein powder to your coconut yoghurt will fix that.
- 1 scoop of your go-to whey or plant-based protein powder (vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry-flavoured protein works well)
- 1 single-serve container of unsweetened Greek yoghurt or low-sugar/unsweetened coconut yoghurt
- Almond milk, to thin
Place the protein powder and yoghurt into a medium bowl. Add a splash of almond milk and whisk the ingredients with a fork until smooth, adding another splash of almond milk if needed.
High Protein Peanut Butter
- 2 tablespoons 100% peanut butter
- 1 scoop whey or plant-based protein powder (unflavoured, vanilla, or chocolate works well)
- Almond milk, to thin
- Pinch cinnamon, optional
In a small bowl, whisk everything together with a fork until smooth. Eat straight-up, dolloped on porridge, or use as a dip or spread.
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