Protein powder is great post workout. The great thing about protein powder is that it is a simple way to revitalise your muscles and energy.
It can be as simple as putting the protein into a shaker bottle, adding water and shaking. This is a great option if you are low on time, but still want to give your body that extra boost.
Another super simple way to have protein is to place it in a blender then add your favourite kind of milk (soy, almond, cows milk - any is fine), any fruit (berry's are great to add some sweetness or banana to keep you fuller for longer), greens and it will be substantial enough to be a snack or meal replacement.
This can be made and taken on the go in a 321 Detox Bottle.
However if you are after something a bit different, and would prefer not to drink your protein in a shake, why not try baking with protein.
Did you know that you can cook with protein?
This is a great way to add protein into your diet in a way that is more subtle and can be added to foods you might usually eat anyway.
We found this great muffin recipe on Busy But Healthy by Kristine Fretwell. These simple banana muffins are a great post workout snack or on the go breakfast idea.
½ cup milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
2 Tbsp flax seed meal (could also use chia seeds)
1½ cups oat flour
½ cup whey protein in vanilla or chocolate (or could sub for an extra ½ cup oat flour)
¼ cup stevia for baking (or 5 packets or other sweetener of choice)
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg (optional)
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup mashed ripe banana (approx 2½ bananas)
2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp oil (I used avocado oil)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl or stand mixer with paddle attachment, add all the wet ingredients (banana, milk, vanilla, oil). Stir until combined.
To the same bowl, add in all the dry ingredients (flax, oat flour, stevia, salt, nutmeg, cocoa, baking soda/powder)
Stir together until mixed and place batter in greased muffin tins or with silicone muffin liners.
Bake for 20 - 23 minutes until muffins are set on top and a toothpick comes clean.
Allow to cool and store in an airtight container. Will last about a week in the fridge, or a few months in the freezer.
Do you have a favourite way to use protein?
Have you tried cooking with protein before?
Let us know in the comments below.