Protein powder is the go-to food for men and women who want to get fit. Not only is it rich in the amino acids you need to build muscle, but it will deliver a hefty dose of other important minerals and nutrients. It’s fairly low in sugars and fats, making it one of the healthiest protein options around. You don’t need to have protein powder replace your meals, but you can add these delicious protein powder snacks to your menu to enjoy throughout the day:
Who doesn’t love a bit of sweet pudding as an evening snack? Break out the cornstarch, milk, and a touch of honey, and cook up a batch of pudding on the stove. Let it cool before mixing in casein protein powder (heat degrades the amino acids). When you eat the protein pudding, it will give you slow-acting amino acids that will help your body to repair itself overnight. Plus, the protein powder will add a bit of sweet to the pudding, making it a healthy dessert!
Banana Nut Oatmeal
Oats are one of the healthiest carbohydrates around, as they’re packed with fiber, fatty acids, and other nutrients. Place a half-cup of oats in a pot with 1 ½ cups of water, and bring it to a boil. As the oatmeal is cooking, drop in a handful of chopped walnuts and 1 sliced banana. Once the oatmeal has cooled, mix in some vanilla flavored whey protein. This will make a delicious, incredibly healthy protein-heavy snack, one that will even make a good replacement for your breakfast.
Protein Ice Cream
Who doesn’t love ice cream? Sadly, it’s not the healthiest option, especially for those trying to burn fat as well as build muscle. Thankfully, we’ve got a delicious alternative! Place two peeled bananas in the freezer overnight (in a plastic bag). Put the frozen bananas into a blender with a cup of milk (cow’s milk, almond milk, or soy milk will do) and a scoop of your favorite vanilla-flavored whey protein powder. Blend and enjoy. The frozen bananas will give the milk an ice cream-like consistency, and the protein powder will make it the perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
This delicious smoothie makes a wonderful post-workout drink, and it’s rich in antioxidants, fiber, protein, and healthy fats. Drop half a cup of frozen blueberries into a cup of milk in the blender, and add in a scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder. Add two ice cubes, blend, and enjoy. The combination of vanilla and berries makes for a delightful dessert-tasting treat.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
This is a great snack to always have handy, as it’s a good source of both calories and amino acids. Mix two tablespoons of peanut butter with a handful of raisins, 1/3 cup of oats, and a scoop of chocolate flavored protein powder. You can add in a few drops of maple syrup to give it some sweetness. Roll the mixture into balls, place on a tray, and freeze. Any time you need a quick snack, reach for one of these balls. The peanut butter delivers healthy fats and calories, and the protein powder packs a flavor and amino acid punch.
If you’re really going low-fat, this is the vegan-friendly option for you. Pour a cup of unsweetened almond milk into your blender, and drop in a banana before blending. Mix (not blend) a tablespoon of chia seeds with the banana milk. Place the mixture into the fridge, and let chill. Once it gels, it makes a delicious pudding!