Protein is such an important part of your diet when you are training, and especially for those of us that are vegetarian or vegan.
I try and get enough plant and seed based proteins in my diet but the extra boost of a powder helps to repair muscles and maintain your metabolism.
There are so many delicious ways to get that extra serve of protein when you're using a decent powder- I use protein snacks and smoothies instead of treats and desserts!
Here are some of my fav ideas. Please note that I'm hopeless with following recipes and using correct amounts so just use this as a guide and your common sense can hopefully fill in the gaps!
Blueberry and coconut protein shake
1/4 cup blueberries
1 scoop protein powder
coconut water to max line
Blend and enjoy!
Banana and Kale Smoothie
1 cup raw kale
1 scoop protein
ts chia seeds
Almond milk to max line
Blend and enjoy cold
(This one is thanks to thehealthymaven.com)
1 cup of dates
1 cup of raw nuts (almonds or cashews or a mix)
3/4 cup protein powder
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/2 ts peppermint extract
2T Almond milk
1/2 ts table salt
1/2 cup puffed brown rice or millet etc.
Put nuts into a food processor until ground. Add dates and combine until a paste like consistency has formed.
Add protein powder, cacao powder, peppermint, almond milk and salt. Process until a well blended sticky ball is formed.
Place into a bowl and add puffed rice and mix well with your hands (time to get dirty)
Use a reasonable sized baking dish
(I never have the right sizes they suggest in the recipe, so just find something that is rectangle and looks like it suits)
Line with glad wrap and press the mixture in, flattening it to make sure the top is even.
Place in the freezer for at least 15 minutes, then cut into bars or squares. Bloody delicious- in fact it's my boyfriends favourite, his exact words were "I can't believe YOU made it!" Thanks CJ.
Keep in the fridge or freezer. (The slice I mean, not your cheeky boyfriend)
I use a vanilla protein for these recipes, so you don't get conflicting flavours or added sugars. My favourite is Sun Warrior Classic Protein. I'd love to hear what you guys are doing at home too! If you have any other recipes for bliss balls or ways to create protein based desserts and snacks I'd love to hear them!
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