Since being introduced to protein powder a couple years ago, I am a fan. It did take me awhile to get on board the train, mostly because there was kind of a “meathead vibe” about them, I wasn’t sure what I needed, and I didn’t want it to taste like fake-sugar sawdust. I remember standing in the fitness supplement aisle of the grocery feeling very overwhelmed, reading backs of labels, googling reviews on my phone, and finally I just picked a (giant!) container with someone’s face on it that I recognized.
Since then I’ve tried quite a few protein powders and I’m amazed how far they have come! Recently I was sent Adaptogen’s Tasty Whey protein powder to review. And I can confidently say the fake-sugar sawdust days are behind us! Even good protein powders sometimes have a faint aftertaste and this literally just tasted creamy. It even passed my “good enough to drink just with milk” test. I like the chocolate flavor because it is so versatile–bananas, coffee, peanut butter, strawberries–I mean chocolate tastes good with anything right?
Right now, if I’ve had a hard workout and I’m not planning on eating for another 2-3 hours I will have a protein powder mixed with almond milk. I really like using a shaker, but just stirring it up is good too!
Besides that I use protein powder to increase the amount of protein in my everyday foods. I have a really hard time eating enough protein–probably because I don’t like eggs and don’t want to snack on chicken breast. So here are 5 creative ways to use protein powder.
1. Add a full or half scoop to your morning bowl of oats.
2. Blend it into a smoothie. I’m loving pairing the Adaptogen Tasy Whey chocolate flavor with coffee, Greek yogurt, a banana, and ice–seriously delicious!
3. Make protein balls. Normally a combination of dates, a nut butter, protein powder and something sticky, these are a great to make at the beginning of the week for a healthy and filling snack!
4. Add it to pancakes. It is no secret that I am the pancake queen. I like to add protein powder to give my hearty oatmeal pancakes an even healthier vibe (eliminate the equivalent amount of flour).
5. Stir it into a treat. My No-Bake Chocolate Protein Cookies are a good example! Another good one are these chocolate fudge truffles.
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I definitely recommend getting protein from as many “whole food” (meats, dairy, legumes, & nuts) as possible, I also like using protein powder to up the amount of healthy protein I get each day. Just by adding a little bit here and there it can really help you stay full and on track with your healthy eating goals! You can order Adaptogen Tasty Whey via their Amazon page and check them out on Instagram!
Do you use protein powder? If so, what’s your favorite thing to use it in?
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Adaptogen Science.