Article written by Joan Jennings
One common question that we at LBEB get asked is, "what are some different ways I can incorporate protein powder into my diet"? Most people just consume protein powder with water in order to get their daily fill, but I'm here to tell you there's more interesting options than just mixing with water. Here's how I make everyday foods and drinks better by adding protein powder.
Tapioca and pudding are some of my favorite snacks, and I take this to the next level by adding half a scoop of vanilla protein powder to it. Make sure to add a flavor that makes sense so it doesn't clash. Since tapioca and vanilla pudding are my preference, I add vanilla protein to make the flavors consistent.
Yogurt is one food that's very versatile in terms of adding protein powder. Since there's so many yogurt options, any fruit flavor would work. I personally prefer Greek yogurt since the consistency is thicker and can mask the powder taste a little better.
Thanks to the official LBEB protein coffee connoisseur Fletcher Pierce, we're now obsessed with adding protein to coffee. Like many people, I enjoy a cup of Joe every morning so including a bit of protein is a no-brainer. Due to my love for anything cinnamon-related, I like to add cinnamon bun flavored protein to it which works really well. If you're feeling a little more daring, Fletcher will tell you that mango protein with coffee is the way to go.
While this isn't something you drink on a regular basis, you can make your milkshakes better by adding a scoop of protein to it. What can be better than dessert with 40 grams of extra protein?
5. Granola & Cereals
If you're a simple breakfast kind of person, adding protein powder to your morning cereal is a great way to go. It's easy and tastes great. I like to use something generic like vanilla or chocolate protein so it doesn't clash with the cereal.
6. Pancakes & Waffles
If you're more ambitious and make the effort to prepare pancakes or waffles for breakfast, those can also be great options for being an extra source of protein. Just add a scoop of vanilla protein to your batter and mix before you begin cooking.
7. Baked Goods
There are tons of baked goods that would work well with protein powder without ruining the flavor. Making blueberry muffins? Add a scoop of blueberry protein to the batter mixture. Making brownies? Add a scoop of chocolate protein.
Depending on what you're making, adding protein to these foods and drinks can taste a little grainier than you're typically used to, however mixing with the right protein powder will not compromise the flavor if done correctly. Plus, in the end, what's wrong with a little change in texture if you're wanting to make gains?
Since there's so many different food and drink flavors, I keep a collection of different protein flavors to be able to mask the powdery flavor. Most places will sell protein in 5lb bags which can get pricey if you're looking to purchase multiple options. My favorite site is True Nutrition (www.truenutrition.com) which actually sells it in 1lb containers, so it makes purchasing multiple flavors much more affordable. Luckily, since True Nutrition is also the official supplier for LBEB, everyone can get an extra discount on their purchases by using the code: LBEB5.
What are your favorite ways to incorporate protein in your diet? Share your ideas in the comments!