Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Tipster: Fun Ways of Using Protein Powder

Today's Workout:
1-hour power walk

Have I ever mentioned how much I love my Sunwarrior protein powder? Besides the fact that it tastes super delish, it also has the highest amount of raw, whole-grain sprouted, vegan protein. Here are some other fun facts about Sunwarrior:
  • It's a plant-based protein.
  • Free of gluten, solvents, GMOs, radiation, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives and artificial colors.
  • Naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, and other essential nutrients such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorous, iron, and potassium.
  • It comes in 3 flavors: Natural, Chocolate and Vanilla. Chocolate is my fav!!
 
I was perusing through Pinterest a few days ago and I found an excellent article on the ways that protein powder can be utilized to create fun and tasty meals. These were my favorite recipes:
 
1. Protein Powder Pancakes
 
Ingredients:
2 tbsp protein powder
1 egg

Directions:
Mix and fry in hot, lightly greased, skillet.

2. Protein Powder Smoothies

Ingredients:
Bolthouse Farms Carrot Juice, 4 oz
Banana
Vanilla Yogurt, .5 cup
Strawberries, frozen, unsweetened, .5 cup, thawed
Protein powder, 1 scoop

Directions:

Blend and drink.
 
3. Protein Powder Fudge

Ingredients:
Protein powder, 8 scoops
oats 1 cup
skim milk 1 cup (I prefer almond milk)

Directions:
Mix ingredients in bowl until it is batter, then dump into a pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4. Protein Powder Yogurt

Stir 1-2 scoops protein powder into your favorite yogurt. Top with your favorite extras: nuts, fruit, etc.

5. Protein Powder Milkshake

Mix 1 cup skim or non-dairy milk (I prefer almond milk), 6 ice cubes and 1-2 scoops protein powder in a blender. For a creamier milkshake, use ice cubes made of milk.

6. Protein Powder Coffee

Just add a scoop of protein powder to your coffee.

7. Protein Powder "Ice Cream"

Mix one 6-ounce container vanilla Greek yogurt with 1-2 scoops protein powder. Mix to combine, then freeze, stirring every 20 minutes until it reaches the consistency you desire (about an hour).

8. Protein Powder "Cookie Dough"

Ingredients:
2 cups crunchy peanut butter (I prefer almond butter)
2 scoops protein powder (chocolate or vanilla)
2 ripe bananas, mashed2 tbsp ground flaxseed

Directions:
In a large bowl, mix to together peanut butter, protein powder, bananas, and flax seed. Mold the mixture into walnut-sized balls and place them in a container lined with parchment to separate the layers. Freeze at least 2 hours before serving, best if frozen overnight.

9. Protein Powder Oatmeal

Add one scoop protein powder to your usual oats recipe. I love chocolate!


I think these recipes are cool because they're super easy to make and they are very healthy. I don't typically splurge or cheat when it comes to desserts, so whenever I find a recipe substitute for a dessert that I love, I always give it a try.

You shouldn't have to compromise your health just because you have a sweet tooth (like me!) or a sugar craving. Knowing what foods to eat and learning how to substitute certain foods can go a long way. Trust me! For example, my version of an apple pie is slicing up red apples, sprinkling them with cinnamon and then placing them in the microwave for two minutes. Voila, you've got a delicious dessert that tastes just like apple pie minus all the calories =)

By the way, any protein powder can be used for these recipes, but I'm a huge advocate of Sunwarrior because it's very healthy and it's free of GMOs and other harmful chemicals that other protein powders contain.



In what recipes have you used protein powder?
 
 
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8 comments:

  1. OOh the protein cookie dough and the fudge sound good. I used to make protein pancakes with protein powder, eggs, and banana.

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  2. I actually just got the chocolate one from Amazon in the mail today. I usually just mix it with water but didn't like the taste. I'll try it with soy milk next time. Any other recs?

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    1. Hmmm, I usually drink it with water too and I just love it! I haven't tried it with almond milk or any other milk product. Perhaps it will taste better with milk. Maybe you could try the Natural or the Vanilla flavor??

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  3. Hi Erika. I don't use that brand but I do use soy. I find it easier to digest and I get better results. I like the idea of protein pancakes since pancakes are my breakfast sin. All I need to do is find a lasagna protein recipe and I'm good :-P I do drink fruit smoothies as a meal replcement on my days off the weights. When I am on a workout day, I drink mine straight up. Great ideas Erika. Thanks and hope you get back up and running soon. Be well... :-)

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    1. Thanks Frank! I've been power walking which has been like a mind game for me. I love running and speed so you could only imagine the mental challenge that walking brings to my psyche =/

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  4. Thank you for this! It's great to see other people using this protein powder. I am vegetarian and lactose intolherant and found this protein powder through my research online and LOVE IT. I love to put this powder in smoothies:
    1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
    1/2 cup blueberries
    1 banana
    1 scoop SunWarrier Protein powder
    2 cups spinach (or any other leafy green)
    2 cups water (or almond milk I like Almond breeze Almond/coconut milk)
    2 tbsp flax seeds or flax meal

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    1. You can also add 1 - 2 tbsp of almond butter for a more creamy taste :)

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