If you’re still relying on protein shakes for your protein needs after a workout, it’s time to give you a bit of variety. For serious protein intake needs, nothing beats protein powder, but there’s no need to make it all about shakes. If you incorporate protein-laden snacks into your daily routine, you’ll also find yourself less hungry throughout the day.
You might have a kick-ass exercise routine, but without the kick-ass nutrition, your progress WILL stall. Let’s go beyond the shake and get some real food in you to build that lean muscle and lose fat.
1. Protein overnight oats
You can assemble this in a big Tupperware container and split over several days. The best part is, it tastes great and gives your body ample nutritional value! Make sure to grab organic rolled oats and not instant oats!
1 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup 1% greek yogurt
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup whey protein powder
This is your base. Now you can add in flavors like some cocoa powder and powdered peanut butter for a chocolate peanut butter flavor. Or you can stick with vanilla protein powder and add some cinnamon and walnuts for crunch. Get creative!
2. Cottage cheese crepes
This is an indulgent kick, seeing as you get to add some yummy sweetness like maple syrup or honey. If you have a major sweet tooth, this is your snack.
For the crepes:
2 cups flour
1 cup almond milk
Mix well and pour onto a hot skillet little by little to make thin crepes.
For the filling:
1 cup 2% cottage cheese
1/4 cup 1% greek yogurt
Mix the two and place inside each crepe. Now grab some fruit to make things more exciting. Drizzle with some honey or maple syrup.
Buy a bag of frozen edamame that you can heat in the microwave anytime a craving strikes! This nutritious little bean packs 9 grams of protein per half a cup, not to mention being low calorie!
4. Protein energy bites
A few simple ingredients make for some home-made protein “bars” in the form of rolled up balls. While store-bought protein bars are convenient, they’re costly, and many come with added sugars. Here, you have the ultimate control.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup protein powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp almond milk
Mix and roll into balls about a tablespoon each. If the mixture is dry, add another tablespoon of almond milk.
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