There’s no denying the benefits of protein when it comes to achieving maximum health for runners. Not only does this one macronutrient make it easier to lose weight (and you lose it faster) if that’s what drives you to hit the trails, but building muscle is pretty much impossible without it. However, aren’t you tired of drinking shake after shake after shake?
Sure, protein shakes are quick to grab and you can play around with the flavors a bit, but having them day in and day out can get pretty old. It’s like eating a sandwich every day for lunch. It may be okay at first, but soon you’re longing for something more.
Fortunately, there are several other ways to work protein powder into your diet, making it simple to get your recommended amount so you can get maximum results while working your body. Here are some to consider depending on when you want to use it:
- Add it to your oatmeal. If you like to start your mornings with a hearty bowl of oatmeal, simply cook it like you normally do and then stir the powder in right before you’re ready to eat it.
- Make protein “pancakes.” When you mix your protein powder with oats, a mashed-up banana, and some egg whites, you end up with a pancake-like batter that is as good for you as it tastes.
- Cook up some protein crepes. If you want something a little lighter than pancakes, just mix your powder with just a couple of egg whites instead and you’ve got yourself a thinner batter that resembles a crepe. And it’s just as tasty.
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- Put it in your favorite yogurt. You can get even more protein by putting the powder in your favorite brand of yogurt (which is already a decent source of protein on its own). Add it to Greek yogurt and it magnifies the protein effect even more.
- Create a protein fruit salad. Chop up your favorite fruits (think melons and berries and grapes) and mix them with plain yogurt and protein powder. Yum!
- Bake your own protein bars. Instead of buying premade protein bars, make your own and simply add protein powder to the recipe. Don’t have a recipe? You can always find a ton of them online so check them out and pick one that sounds the most appealing to you.
- Try some protein packed peanut butter balls. Combine oats and honey with peanut butter and protein powder, roll them into balls, and you’ve got a hunger satisfying snack that tastes amazing.
- Enjoy some protein pudding. Buy a box of low-fat sugar-free pudding and throw in a scoop of powdered protein while you’re mixing it up. This way you can enjoy your dessert without the guilt.
- Blend a protein milkshake. Okay, this is kind of like a protein shake, but it’s better because it has milk, yogurt, and a tablespoon of pudding powder in addition to the protein powder (chocolate is best for this one!) to make it thicker and more like a treat.
Realistically, you can add protein powder to a lot of different dishes and recipes. So, don’t be afraid to experiment a little and see what you come up with.
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