Who hasn’t tried to disguise healthy stuff in delicious treats at some point in their life? Maybe you’re a mother trying to get your kids to eat nutritious food, or a young person on a diet, or just trying to impress someone by making something both delicious and healthy. Protein powders are extremely popular not only because of their health benefits, but their versatility too. Here are some ways you can exploit that versatility to your benefit.
Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup
This already healthy soup gets a healthier boost that can give you the energy you need to start your day. Coconut oil and milk, cilantro, smoked paprika and Thai red curry paste mixed with a scoop of plain or pea flavored protein powder is a delicious alternative to the popular protein smoothie.
Yes, there is a way to make this wonderful breakfast healthy. Half a cup of flour mixed with one scoop of protein powder (check whether the powder is flavored or not, so that you can figure out whether you want to make sweet or savory) serves four.
Protein Banana Bread
This traditional breakfast can be made healthy too. Swap out half the flour with wheat flour and add a scoop or two of protein powder to help you get your protein fix for the day. Adding walnuts gives you a bonus of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Here’s a chance for you to indulge while boosting your health at the same time. Choose a cheese that you like, or anything that you have in your pantry, make a nice, thick sauce and add a scoop of pea flavored protein powder. Add the sauce to pasta and you have the best of both worlds on your plate.
It’s no unknown fact that no matter where you go, Pizza is King. Here’s a way to make your all-time favorite make it in your healthy list. Mix an egg, a cup and a half of oats, a scoop of unflavored protein powder and a tablespoon of olive oil, and then fry it on a pan, pancake-style. After that, the toppings are up to you.
Black Bean Veggie Burgers
Fret not, vegetarians, for you have not been forgotten. Masked black beans, quinoa, potatoes, corn, leek and some select spices mixed with a scoop of 180 Nutrition – Natural and Organic Protein won’t let you notice the absence of meaty protein in your diet.
Cinnamon Roll Waffles
Waffles have never been healthier. This fragrant, delicious breakfast gets a healthy twist with a simple step: just add protein powder to the batter! Once the waffles are done, give them a generous dusting of cinnamon. Who says sweet desserts can’t be healthy?
Oil-free Carrot Cake Protein Bars
The thing about this seemingly boring snack (if you’re not too keen on carrots, that is) is that it’s quite versatile. All you need grated carrots, bananas and a little bit of maple syrup. You can add in raisins, chocolate chips or nuts as per preference, and add some coconut butter on top.
Pasta from scratch
What could go wrong with pasta? Make your pasta from scratch using all-purpose unbleached flour, chickpea flour, and protein powder. The best part is, you can freeze these noodles for up to a month. Kids will attack this yummy meal, and adults will appreciate the healthiness of something that tastes so good.
Chocolate Peanut Butter “Cheesecake”
In spite of the fact that some of you may be tempted to scream out the word “impersonator” at this dish, I suggest you don’t knock it till you try it. Cottage cheese, chocolate protein powder, peanut butter, and stevia. That’s all you need. Blend everything up until creamy and refrigerate for firmness.
All these recipes are wonderful, but you need to be careful with using the protein powder. Too much protein can also be a bad thing. Also, be sure to mix in the protein powder slowly with other ingredients to avoid getting a lumpy mess of a mixture.