Let’s face it, when it comes to wanting to add lean muscle to your body (which you should ALL be trying to do at this point!) you have to consume some pretty massive amounts of protein. We typically find protein in sources like egg whites, chicken, fish, beans, and dairy. When lifting weights to gain muscle mass, we should be consuming anywhere from .75-1.25 grams of protein per pound of body weight. For some of us, this can really end up being quite a lot!
By adding whey protein powder to some common recipes, we are able to pack in extra grams of vital protein to our diets. If you are sick of the generic, protein powder and milk/water, take a look at these options below and add them to your diet today!
- Fruit smoothies – Add a scoop of protein powder to a combination of fruit and ice in a blender.
- Oatmeal – Stir in a few scoops to the oatmeal you are cooking on the stove. This will create a high fiber/high protein superfood to get you going in the morning
- Frozen Yogurt – You probably won’t even be able to tell you stirred in 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder to that chocolate frozen yogurt.
- Cake Mixes – If you’re going to be eating this junk, you may as well stir several scoops of protein into the batter anyways. You won’t be able to tell and will be giving yourself massive servings of protein.
- Pancakes – A scoop or so of whey protein powder can easily be added to pancake mixes to create a high protein breakfast.
- Pasta Sauce – Use unflavored protein powder and stir it in to any robustly flavored sauce.
- Egg whites – Use some more unflavored protein powder here as you add it to your egg whites before they cook. Turn 6 grams of protein per serving into 35.
- Coffee – Combine a scoop of protein with a little milk. Blend well, then add to your morning coffee.
By combining protein you turn ordinary food items into muscle-building protein powerhouses. So many people who are unable to put on any serious muscle weight can’t figure out why. 9 times out of 10 they simply aren’t consuming enough protein in their diet. Lift well and eat well to live well.