5 Delicious Recipes for Your Vanilla Protein Supplement

26-02-2019

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Protein is essential to a healthy diet, but even more so when you’re working out.

Protein is the magic ingredient for muscle repair and growth, so including enough in your diet should be an important factor of your workout routine.

Without enough protein, your muscles begin to feed off their own protein to function - the exact opposite of what you’re trying to achieve with all your hard work in the gym.

You should be including a protein source in every meal and snack. One way to ensure you get enough protein in your diet is to add a protein supplement to your meals - especially meals that don’t normally include a high protein source.

COOKING WITH PROTEIN POWDER

In the past, protein supplements didn’t taste very good - the main reason it wasn’t commonly used in cooking. But Protein Supplements have come a long way - and there are a ton of flavours you can use to your recipe’s advantage.

Most protein powders have a sweet or fruity flavour which make great addition to the meals that normally don’t contain a lot of protein.

Typically, snacks and breakfast have the least amount of protein out of all our meals. Cakes and sweets, fruits, and snacks or sweet breakfast foods have don’t have the protein you need to maintain a constant supply.

Vanilla protein powder is one of the most popular flavour choices when it comes to protein supplements because it pairs well with a lot of ingredients used in shakes and smoothies - the go to for supplements. But a shake a day gets old fast.

It’s time to switch it up.

Let’s talk about how to use the most popular protein flavor in your snacks and breakfasts.

1 | NO BAKE VANILLA PROTEIN CHEESECAKE

This super quick and easy cheesecake recipe packs a protein punch and satisfies your sweet tooth. With about 33 grams of protein per cheesecake, that’s equivalent to half a chicken breast or 5 eggs in your dessert.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 scoop of 100% Whey Protein Powder in Vanilla Flavour
  • 4 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cream Cheese
  • 2 tsp 2% Milk
  • 2 Graham Crackers
  • Fresh Fruit

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix the protein powder, sugar, cream cheese and milk together until smooth
  2. Crush the graham crackers and press flat into the bottom of a small bowl or parfait glass, forming the crust of the cheesecake
  3. Layer the cheesecake mixture on top of the crust
  4. Store cheesecake mixture in the refrigerator for 10 mins
  5. Remove the cheesecake from the fridge, top with fresh fruit and enjoy!

2 | VANILLA PROTEIN PUDDING

This healthy and homemade pudding takes the same amount of time as mixing up a shake, but feels like you’re eating dessert. The pudding gets it’s thick texture from the chia seeds, another great source of protein.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup Milk or Almond milk
  • 1 scoop of 100% Whey Protein Powder in Vanilla Flavour
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
  • Fresh Fruit

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pour the liquid into a blender or Magic Bullet
  2. Add the protein powder and chia seeds
  3. Blend for about 30 seconds
  4. Top with fresh fruit and enjoy right away or chill in the refrigerator

3 | VANILLA PROTEIN FRENCH TOAST

French toast contains about 10 grams of protein, coming mainly from the eggs. It’s not a lot, when you should be having at least 30 grams per meal or snack. Throw in some Vanilla protein powder and you’re nearing 50 grams of protein - no extra effort, and all the extra flavour of a Sunday brunch.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 scoop of 100% Whey Protein Powder in Vanilla Flavour
  • 2 slice Whole Grain Bread
  • 1/2 cup Egg Whites
  • 1/4 cup 2% Milk
  • Ground Cinnamon, to taste
  • Fresh Fruit

DIRECTIONS

  1. Whisk together milk, egg whites, protein powder, and cinnamon
  2. Dip the 2 slices of bread into the egg mix and coat well
  3. Pan-fry both slices until golden brown on both sides, use a non-stick pan or a small amount of oil or butter if needed.
  4. Top with fresh fruit and dig in!

4 | VANILLA PROTEIN PANCAKES

Pancakes are a breakfast staple. Unfortunately they have very little nutritional value. Add some syrup and you may as well eat a few doughnuts for breakfast. Vanilla protein powder will add the doughnut flavour, and the protein to remove the guilt.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Whisk pancake mix, protein powder, milk and egg together in a bowl
  2. On medium heat, preheat a non-stick pan or use cooking spray if needed
  3. Pour ⅓ cup of batter per pancake into the pan and fry until golden brown

5 | CINNAMON VANILLA PROTEIN APPLE FRY

Who doesn’t love warm apples with cinnamon? Apples have a ton of vitamins, minerals, complex carbs and fibre - but no protein. Add a much-needed dose with some vanilla protein powder.

If you don’t want to cook your apples, you can just toss the ingredients (minus the oil) in a bag until the apples are well coated. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and store them in the fridge for a quick snack.

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 tbsp Ground Cinnamon or star anise
  • 1 scoop of 100% Whey Protein Powder in Vanilla Flavour
  • ½ tsp of butter or canola oil

DIRECTIONS

  1. Core and slice the apples
  2. Pour the fruit, protein powder and spices into a sealable bag or container
  3. Shake the ingredients together until the fruit is well coated
  4. Brown the apples in a buttered pan on medium heat until caramelized
  5. Add a squeeze of lemon juice when storing the remaining apples in the fridge


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