Protein powders are a great health tool, especially to aid recovery after exercise, but if you’re already taking supplements or powders, sometimes it gets complicated, how to actually fit all those supplements into your daily diet, in a way that is not only convenient, but enjoyable.
Here’s 6 ideas to easily incorporate protein powder into your life without it feeling like just another chore.
1. Green Smoothies
Honestly, green smoothies are just the best for masking a few of those things that you know are good for you, but seem like a hassle to take on their own. Even things like a piece of fresh aloe vera (with skin on), or a capsule of fish oil split open, will go down wonderfully, especially if you also include strong-tasting fruits, such as berries.
Add a serve of your favourite protein powder to your green smoothie for some extra protein punch.
2. Green Smoothie Ice Lollies
If you have leftover smoothie, or make an extra serve, why not pour into ice-lolly moulds and freeze for a healthy treat on a warm afternoon?
3. Breakfast sprinkle, muesli or granola mix
Make your own muesli or breakfast sprinkle, using a mix of chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, puffed rice or millet, rolled spelt, dried coconut flakes and protein powder. Mix and match the proportions to whatever suits your taste. It’s yummy, healthy, and convenient – mix a week’s supply, and keep in sealed container in a cool place. Can also be used as a topping on desserts such as baked fruits, etc.
4. Add to pancakes, muffins, breads or crepes
Unflavoured pea or pumpkin seed protein powders work well with savoury recipes, while vanilla-flavoured protein powder adds a delicious level of flavour to sweet recipes such as banana breads.
5. Bliss Balls
The ultimate in healthy, convenient snacking-on-the-go, is the “bliss ball”. Add one cup of your favourite nuts or a combination of nuts (cashews, almonds, macadamias, hazelnuts all work well), with 3/4 cup of dates, to a food processor bowl. Next add a handful of dried raisins or sultanas. Now, get creative, and add a dash of whatever goodies take your fancy. Chia seeds, sunflower or sesame seeds, goji berries, green powders and protein powders. Also flavourings such as vanilla extract or cinnamon. A spoonful of raw cacao powder turns them into chocolate bliss balls. Add a dash of raw honey, or maple syrup if you desire, although they are normally quite sweet, as is. Whizz in the food processor, until it starts to clump. If it seems too dry and crumbly, add a spoonful of coconut oil, or a sprinkle of water. Once processed and clumpy, take spoonfuls at a time, roll into balls or logs, cover in dessicated coconut, then refrigerate.
Add protein powder to your favourite dips, such as basil or sun-dried tomato pestos, or spicy Middle Eastern dips made from chickpeas or broadbeans. Instead of crackers, use raw vegetables cut into sticks or chunks, such as carrots, celery, or broccoli, for a healthy, but satisfying snack.
Don’t be afraid to experiment to find what works for you. A sprinkle (or more) can even be added to soups, sauces, desserts or hot drinks.
For a healthy, smooth tasting protein, I’d definitely recommend Sunwarrior’s Raw Vegan Natural. It’s naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, contains high amounts of antioxidants, tocopherols, tocotrienols, and other essential nutrients such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorous, iron, and potassium; and it’s easy to digest by infants, the elderly, and adults!