Protein powders have been around for over seventy years. However, the quality from then to now is unparalleled. The mixability, taste and texture have evolved over time to new levels of excellence. Not only have protein powders themselves evolved, but also the way they are used. Back in the day, protein powders were primarily used by bodybuilders, but today protein powders are enjoyed by everyday healthy adults. Proteins have moved beyond the gym and into the kitchen. Let’s take a look at the power of protein powder and its many uses.
Amp up protein powder by mixing it with a base beyond water. If you would like to add a complete protein and reach a creamy consistency, then mix with milk or soy milk. If you would like to add a nutty flavor with a smooth texture, then mix with nut “milks” like almond, cashew, flax, hemp or hazelnut. Pick your beverage of choice, but keep in mind how it will modify the texture as well as the level of nutrition.
Upgrade protein powder with a push of a button. All you need is a blender and a few of your favorite ingredients. If you would like to add some plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, then blend in chia seeds or flaxseeds. If you want to add antioxidants, then throw in blueberries or strawberries. If you would like to increase the level of micronutrients, then add in greens like spinach or wheatgrass. To increase fiber, add oats or almonds. And if you want to increase calories, simply add avocado or peanut butter. The options are endless. Simply blend, pour and enjoy!
Mix it in and bake it up. Protein powders can be added to everyday baked goods or your secret family recipes. Some of our favorites include cookies, cakes, mug cakes, edible cookie dough, pies, puddings, bars, cupcakes, biscuits and breads. Experiment with new fun flavors like salted caramel, chocolate peanut butter, or birthday cake. If you would like healthier baking substitutions, then instead of butter, margarine, or shortening substitute with pureed beans, avocados, bananas, pumpkin or yogurt. If the recipe calls for oils, add bananas, applesauce, or yogurt instead. Try swapping honey or maple syrup for sugar. Or, if you want to minimize sugar, then reduce sugar or swap for stevia or agave nectar. You can also enrich the flavor by adding vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon.
Break The Fast With It
Add protein powders as a breakfast boost. Protein powders can easily be mixed into some of your go-to morning foods or beverages. Mix protein powder into your morning coffee, matcha tea, chai tea or steamed latte. Add protein to batter to create breakfast favorites like pancakes, waffles, crepes, muffins, banana bread, and donuts. Mix into yogurt parfait, avocado toast, overnight oats or homemade granola bars. Getting a balanced breakfast can help set the tone for the rest of the day. Pro tip: Balance out your breakfast with carbohydrates plus protein.
Cook With It
Put protein powder into your favorite recipes. Simply mix unflavored protein powder into homemade salad dressings, pasta sauce (pair with whole wheat or protein-packed pasta), soups, chili, quiches, and pizza crust. Yum!
Protein In Progress
Protein powders have come a long way since first introduced. Over time, the mixability has morphed, the texture has transformed, the flavors has expanded and the taste is incomparable. Today, OPTIMUM NUTRITION has the number one selling whey protein powder in the world and has helped to fuel over two billion workouts worldwide. So, next time you pick up an OPTIMUM NUTRITION scoop, consider ways you can personalize, customize and elevate your protein powder. Although protein may be complex, it’s never been easier to use and add into your everyday life.