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Unlocking the Power of Whey Protein: 5 Practical Ways to Add Protein to your Day.

By Dr. Mark Evans, PhD, Optimum Nutrition, EMEA Performance Nutritionist

Key Learnings

  1. Post Exercise Classic Shake. Whey protein is an effective post-exercise nutrition choice, aiding in muscle repair and growth.

  2. Smoothies. Adding whey protein to smoothies can increase feelings of fullness and indirectly support weight management.

  3. Breakfast Cereal. Protein-packed cereal, baking with whey protein or combining it with foods such as Greek yogurt is a great way to incorporate whey protein into your diet to help hit your daily protein intake while supporting your muscle goals.

Whey protein is a nutritional powerhouse that can supercharge your performance and help you achieve your fitness goals. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior, a personal trainer, or just someone looking to optimise their nutrition, incorporating whey protein into your diet can be a game-changer. This article will explore five convenient and practical ways to add whey protein to your daily routine.

  1. The Classic Protein Shake: One of the most straightforward and effective ways to increase your whey protein intake is by enjoying a classic protein shake. Simply mix a scoop of high-quality whey protein powder with water or milk, and you’ll have a delicious and convenient protein source that can be consumed anytime, anywhere. Studies have shown that consuming whey protein after exercise can help with muscle recovery and growth, making it an excellent choice for athletes and fitness enthusiasts1.

  2. Smoothie Sensation: For those who crave variety in their protein consumption, smoothies are a fantastic option. Blend whey protein powder with your favourite fruits, vegetables, and a liquid of your choice (water, milk, or even yogurt) to create a tasty and nutritious smoothie. This not only adds a protein punch but also provides essential vitamins and minerals from the fruits and veggies. Research has shown that adding whey protein to a smoothie can help increase feelings of fullness, aiding in weight management2.

  3. Protein-Packed Cereal: Start your day with a hearty and protein-rich breakfast by adding whey protein to your porridge or cereal of your choice. This is a great way to kickstart your morning and keep you energised throughout the day. Studies suggest that a high-protein breakfast can help increase a feeling of fullness and reduce calorie intake later in the day, making it a valuable tool for weight control3.  Simply stir a scoop of whey protein powder into your cooked oats, or cereal milk, and you’re ready to conquer the day.

  4. Baking with Whey Protein: Yes, you can bake your way to better performance nutrition! Incorporating whey protein into your homemade baked goods is a clever way to boost protein content while enjoying delicious treats. From protein bars to pancakes and muffins, there are countless recipes that can accommodate the addition of whey protein powder.

  5. Protein-Packed Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is a nutritious snack on its own, but you can elevate its protein content even further by mixing in whey protein powder. This combination not only increases protein intake but also enhances the creaminess and flavour of your yogurt. Additionally, yogurt contains probiotics, which can support your gut health and overall well-being.


Whey protein is a versatile and valuable addition to your performance nutrition toolkit. Whether you prefer the simplicity of a protein shake, the creativity of smoothies, the comfort of oatmeal, the indulgence of baked goods, or the creamy goodness of Greek yogurt, there are numerous convenient and practical ways to incorporate whey protein into your diet. These strategies can help enhance muscle repair*, promote weight management, and support overall performance goals.

*Protein supports muscle growth and maintenance in conjunction with weight resistance training.


  1. Kerksick, C. M., et al., (2018). ISSN exercise & sports nutrition review update: research & recommendations. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition15(1), 38.

  2. Leidy, H. J., et al., (2013). Beneficial effects of a higher-protein breakfast on the appetitive, hormonal, and neural signals controlling energy intake regulation in overweight/obese, “breakfast-skipping,” late-adolescent girls. The American journal of clinical nutrition97(4), 677–688.