Protein powder can make for a great addition to your pantry and your diet. While a big container of it may seem pretty expensive at first glance, consider how many different servings of lean protein you can get out of each container. When you calculate the per meal cost, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that it’s actually quite affordable.
By far the best thing about using protein shakes and protein powder is the convenience. Not only does it have a much longer shelf-life than other source of protein like meat and eggs for example, it’s also easy to prepare and perfect for “on the go” meals.
While you shouldn’t rely on protein powder as one of your main sources of food, it does come in handy when you’re on the go, or need a quick meal before you head to the grocery store. In those cases, grab a glass or even better, a smoothie shaker bottle, add a scoop of protein powder and some water, juice, or milk and you’re good to go.
While protein shakes made with powder and water are drinkable, they aren’t going to be your favorite meals. They’ll do the job in a pinch, but with a few little tweaks, you can create much tastier protein filled drinks. Try adding the protein powder to your favorite smoothies, or mix up protein powder, frozen fruit and yogurt. If you’re in the mood for a treat or dessert, add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to milk and ice cream for a decadent milk shake. While that’s not exactly healthy fare, it is a nice treat every once in a while.
Protein powder can also be used to give a variety of dishes an extra boost of protein. We already talked about adding them to your smoothies. If you get flavor neutral or unflavored protein powder, you can also add it to soups and even add a scoop to your favorite green smoothie.
Protein pancakes are another great option. Use your favorite pancake mix and add a scoop of vanilla flavored protein powder. It improves the texture and results in pancakes that fill you up longer and fuel your muscles. The added sweetness from the protein powder mix adds just enough flavor that you don’t even need to add syrup, turning them into a much healthier breakfast food that you can indulge in more often.
If you’re not currently using protein powder in your diet, I encourage you to give it a try and see if it’s something that works for you and your lifestyle. If nothing else, it’s a nice dry pantry item to have on your shelf “just in case”.