My Favorite Protein Powder Concoctions

I eat a lot of protein. I usually get 20-30 grams at every meal and snack, and I eat 5-6 times a day, so that’s around 150-180 grams of protein. I probably don’t even need that much…but what can I say? I like protein!

My protein sources consist of eggs, ground turkey or beef, chicken, and cottage cheese or Greek yogurt every day. You should be getting most of your protein from real food sources, and you do not NEED to use a protein powder.

With that being said, for me personally, I really look forward to my yummy protein powder concoctions. They satisfy my sweet cravings and help me get in protein without eating more meat…because sometimes that gets old. I’m not about to eat chicken 2 or 3 times a day because that be cray cray.

So that is why I love me some whey protein powder. Protein shakes are great-BUT-I rarely actually just drink my protein!

Here are some of my favorite ways to use whey protein:

Protein oats

I have this for breakfast every single day! It’s delicious.

Ingredients-

1 scoop chocolate whey protein

1/2 cup-1 cup Old fashioned oats

1 tablespoon peanut butter

Water

Cook the oats in water for 90 seconds. Stir in the peanut butter. Add the protein and stir until incorporated, adding more water a little at a time to reach desired consistency. Be careful with the water-you do NOT want to ruin it my making it too runny! You can also add in bananas or blueberries if your calories allow for it. So yummy!

Overnight Oats

These are basically the same indgredients as the above protein oats, but they are just made a little differently and eaten cold, not warm. These are great for when you literally want something that is grab and go in the morning that involves no preparing or cooking.

Ingredients-

1 scoop whey protein

1/2 cup-1 cup Old fashioned oats

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1-2 tsp sugar free/fat free pudding(optional)

Cinnamon(optional)

Water

Combine the oats, protein, pudding, and peanut butter in a bowl or tupperware container. Add water a little at a time and mix until all ingredients are incorporated and it becomes a pudding-like consistency(make sure it’s not TOO watery!). Cover the container and put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning it’s ready to eat!

Protein pudding/”Sludge”

I have this as my bedtime snack on rest days, usually three times a week. It’s the best. thing. ever. Just don’t use casein protein because it will NOT have the same consistency. I  use NitroTech Nighttime by MuscleTech, and it’s amazing.

Ingredients-

1-2 scoops whey protein

1-2 tablespoons peanut butter(could also use powdered, but I want the real thang!)

Water

Put the scoop of protein in a bowl, add the peanut butter, and slowly add a little water until it becomes a pudding like consistency. Put in the fridge or freezer to thicken up. I like to put mine in the freezer for 20-30 minutes. It is the best EVER. I have mine with a caramel rice cake and MORE peanut butter on the side. Because peanut butter is life.

Fruit Smoothie

Smoothies are so refreshing after a workout, especially in the summertime!

Ingredients-

1/2 banana

1/4 cup-1/2 cup blueberries

1/4 cup -1/2 cup pineapple

1 scoop vanilla whey protein

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Couple of handfuls of spinach

A few ice cubes

(Feel free to play around with different fruit combinations-sometimes I just do banana and pineapple or sometimes just pineapple and blueberries or just banana and blueberries. I’ve found I’m not a big fan of strawberries in my smoothies, so I stick with those three fruit combinations.)

I usually add my milk and then the protein powder and blend, then add the fruits and spinach. To make it even thicker, use frozen banana! It’s even more fun to eat it out of a bowl like ice cream. 🙂

Protein Fudge Pops

Ingredients-

1 cup water or unsweetened almond milk

1 scoop chocolate whey protein

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter

Blend all ingredients )I use a magic bullet) and pour into silicone muffin cups OR a popsicle mold. Freeze for at least 30 minutes. Enjoy your sweet treat!

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