There are creative ways to get protein into your diet.
The average human needs between 46 and 56 grams of protein per day, which makes protein powder a convenient way to make sure you’re hitting your daily goals. However, protein powder shakes can get boring after a while.
Add it to oatmeal.
Make protein pancakes.
Here’s an easy recipe for incorporating protein powder into your pancake mix without the protein powder overwhelming the taste of the pancake. Bonus: Find a pumpkin-flavored protein powder for a fall twist on traditional pancakes.
Turn dessert waffles into a hearty meal.
Add vanilla flavored protein to dessert waffles.
Just like pancakes, waffle recipes can be easily manipulated to get more protein in every bite. Here’s a recipe for gluten-free cinnamon roll waffles. The recipe calls for pea protein, but you could use whatever vanilla-flavored protein powder you like.
It’s possible to add protein powder to your cookie recipes, though you don’t want to do it without supervision. It’s best to find a recipe that has vetted the correct amount of protein powder to add, like this high-protein chocolate peanut cookie recipe.
Some protein powder won’t leave a weird after taste into the potatoes.
Stir some flavorless protein powder into a traditional mashed potato recipe to increase the protein content of this popular carb-heavy side dish. Here are a few protein power options that won’t add a weird aftertaste to your potatoes.
Add protein powder to coffee, especially if you skip breakfast.
Swirl protein powder into yogurt.
Yogurt is actually a surprising source of protein on its own, but Eat This, Not That says to swirl protein powder into some Greek yogurt with granola and fruit for a healthy and complete meal.
Make protein-based chia seed pudding.
Chia seed pudding is becoming a popular dairy-free alternative to yogurt and pudding, and next time you whip up a batch, consider adding any flavor protein powder into your batch. Here’s a simple chia seed pudding recipe you can easily adapt with protein powder.
Sprinkle protein powder on a fruit salad.
You can stir a tablespoon of whey or soy protein into your favorite homemade cream-based soups. They key is to add the powder at the end, once the soup has stopped simmering because high heats can affect the nutritional value of the powder.