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Protein shake getting too boring for you after a workout? Getting the right amount of protein throughout the day is important to support muscle recovery and maintain a healthy metabolism. However, this certainly doesn’t mean you have to force yourself to drink the same protein shake each and every day.
You can add protein powder to different snacks and meals to recover from an intense workout and get your daily amount of protein. Firstly, it is essential to invest in the right protein powder to enjoy the full benefits. You can read more for a guide on the best protein powder in market.
Once you have your hands on the best protein powder, you can try out different protein powder-infused recipes to make your post-workout snacks more exciting. Here are some easy recipes you can try:
PB&J Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are among the most favorite post-workout meals for many people. This peanut butter and jelly version is not only delicious but also healthy.
- 100% grape juice – 1/4 cup (you can substitute for another liquid to lower the sugar content)
- Vanilla almond milk – 2 tbsp (unsweetened)
- Low-fat cottage cheese – 1/3 cup
- Protein powder – 1/2 scoop
- Chia seeds – 1 tsp
- Powdered peanut butter – 3 tbsp
- Old-fashioned oats – 1 tbsp
- Medium banana – 1/4 (for garnishing)
- Except for the banana, put all the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend well until it reaches the desired consistency.
- Pour the smoothie in a bowl and put it in the fridge to enjoy in the morning
- Garnish with sliced banana and sprinkle some chia seeds and cinnamon powder on top.
This delicious and easy to make pancake batter can be made with just four ingredients and can quickly be whipped up in a few minutes.
- Banana – 1/2 (ripe)
- Strawberries – 4 (large)
- Protein powder – 1 scoop
- Egg – 1
- Take a bowl and add all the ingredients. Be sure to mash the strawberries and banana first. If you prefer a thinner mixture, blend all the ingredients in a blender.
- Take a skillet and lightly grease it. Pour the mixture on the pan and cook gently for two to three minutes per side on medium-high heat. Keep in mind that the pancakes are delicate, so be extra careful when flipping them.
- Make as much as you want and top the pancakes with your favorite toppings and sliced strawberries.
Rice Krispies Treats
An ideal crunchy and scrumptious treat for after an intense workout.
- Coconut oil – as needed
- Brown or classic rice crisps – 4 cups
- All-natural peanut butter – 1/2 cup (partially melted)
- Brown rice syrup – 1/2 cup
- Protein powder – 3 scoops
- Vanilla – 1 tsp
- Lightly grease a pan with coconut oil or use a parchment paper.
- Take a medium bowl and combine vanilla, protein powder, brown rice syrup, and melted peanut butter. Stir well until it reaches a dough-like consistency.
- Use your hands to add in rice crisps to the mixture. Then, add it to a pan.
- Spread the mixture evenly using a spatula and press it to make the bars compact.
- Put the mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes and then slice it up into bars.
Minty No-Bake Protein Balls
These tiny delicious protein balls are quick to make and are perfect for post-workout sweet cravings.
- Dates – 8 (pitted)
- Cashews – 1 cup
- Chia seeds – 1 tbsp
- Cocoa powder – 1/4 cup
- Peppermint extract – 1/2 tsp
- Protein powder – 2 scoops
- Almond milk – 2 tbsp
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until you get a smooth mixture.
- Take it out in a dish and form 1” to 1.5” balls.
- Let them cool in the fridge.
Chocolate & PB Protein Bar
Peanut butter and chocolate are the ultimate combo, and protein bars are the perfect post-workout snack, making this snack bar a perfect meal.
- Rolled oats – 1 cup
- Quick oats – 1/2 cup
- Protein powder – 3 scoops
- Organic brown rice crisps cereal – 1/2 cup
- Honey – 1/4 cup
- Peanut butter – 1/3 cup
- Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
- Non-dairy chocolate chips – 1 to 2 tbsp
- Lightly grease a loaf pan with cooking spray or place parchment paper.
- Add rolled oats in a blender and plus until the oats reach a flour-line consistency.
- Take bowl and combine quick oats, processed rolled oats, cereal, and protein powder.
- In a small pan, mix peanut butter and honey over medium heat until it melts and is thoroughly combined.
- Remove pan from heat and add in vanilla extract. Mix.
- Add in the peanut butter mixture over the oats and stir.
- Pour this mixture in the loaf pan and press it using your hands.
- Place the chocolate chips in a bowl and heat it for a minute in the microwave. After every 30 seconds, stir the mixture, until the chips are fully melted.
- Dip a fork in the melted chocolate and drizzle over the bars.
- Place the loaf pan in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes before slicing them into bars.
- You are good for at least 12 post-workout bars.
Cream and Peaches Oatmeal
Oatmeal is a great way of getting your daily intake of grains. Adding the right protein powder can make it a protein and fibre-rich meal that will keep you full all morning.
- Cooked oats – 1 cup (Prepared a night before and refrigerated)
- Frozen sliced peaches – 3/4 cup (thawed overnight)
- Maple syrup – 2 tbsp
- Protein powder – 1 scoop
- Whole milk – 1/2 cup
- Cinnamon powder – to taste
- Make a peach puree by combining half cup peaches and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Blend until the mixture is smooth.
- In a bowl, mix cinnamon powder, protein powder, and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Whisk until the mixture is properly combined.
- Stir in the peach puree in the milk batter.
- Add in the oats to the mixture and blend well.
- Pour out the oatmeal in a bowl, heat it up for a few seconds.
- Garnish with peach slices, and other add-ons, like chopped nuts, flax seeds, or hemp seeds.
Protein powder is an excellent way of recovering from an intense workout. While it is easier to simply make a protein shake, there are several delicious protein powder recipes that can give you the boost you need.