3 Different Ways to Use Vegan Protein Powder - That Aren't Smoothies
“You’re vegan? So, where do you get your protein from?”
Ah, yes. The question every vegan/vegetarian faces when talking to someone about their diet. I welcome this curiosity since it gives me the opportunity to talk about the health benefits of plant-based proteins over the more common and well-known one; animal products.
Stick around to the end of the blog where I list 3 different ways to use protein powder that aren’t smoothies into your diet. They’re all delicious and taste like dessert!
Plus, there’s a 15% off coupon for you to try out my favorite brand, Sunwarrior, which I’ve used for years.
Considered the building blocks of our bodies, proteins help us create and repair our tissues, bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood as well as make enzymes and hormones.
So, yeah, proteins are an essential macronutrient (carbohydrates and fats are the other two) to incorporate in your diet so your body can function properly.
Now, where you get your protein from can have a significant impact on your health and well-being. And, you have two options: meat or plant-based.
Wondering how much protein you need a day? Use this calculator to see what amount could work for you.
Personally, I function best eating protein from plant-based sources like beans, tofu, quinoa, lentils, oatmeal, broccoli (yes, even veggies can have protein), nuts, and seeds. These sources provide my body not only protein but also fiber, vitamins, and minerals without the saturated fat, cholesterol, and inflammatory fatty acids present in animal proteins.
Studies continue to link diets high in red and processed meats to increased risk of cancer, weight gain, and other health-related issues. On the other hand, plant-based foods have shown to protect the body from cancer and help those recovering from treatments and other chronic illnesses (diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, weight gain, high blood pressure, joint pain etc).
Um, you mean to tell me I get more nutritional benefits from plants without the risk of health issues down the line? Where do I sign up?
When I learned about this difference, reducing my intake of meat was a no-brainer. Ever since switching to a plant-based diet, I have more energy and the motivation to continue with a regular workout schedule - something I never did while eating meat. And, to make life even easier, I use a plant-based protein powder to make sure I’m getting enough on a daily basis.
I’ve use Sunwarrior products for years and they have the best plant-based protein powder I’ve tried! Others tend to taste artificial, chalky, or not work well in baked goods.
I use it every morning in my oatmeal and it seriously tastes like dessert! It’s incredible and helps keep my sweet tooth in check for the rest of the day. And, it’s got way more uses than just your ordinary protein shake (I’ve actually never drunken one and don’t plan to).
I use it in baked goods and other treats, which is why I’ve included these 3 recipes so you can try it out without the need of drinking a smoothie every morning.
1. Chocolate Strawberry Baked Oatmeal
This recipe is not only delicious and a healthy way to start your morning but also an easy item to meal prep. Make it the day before and you’ve got breakfast ready for the next few mornings.
So, while you get ready, reheat a portion in a 350F oven for 10 minutes, top with your favorite items (berries, almond butter, and a touch of coconut nectar or maple syrup), and enjoy a healthy breakfast - even when you’re in a rush!
Serves 2 people or 1 person for 2 days (double or triple the batch as needed)
1 cup rolled oats
3 tbsp ground flaxseed (great for digestion, clear skin, lowering cholesterol)
1 1/2 cup almond milk (any non-dairy milk will work)
2 scoops of Sunwarrior Chocolate Protein Powder (use code: thegreenspatula15 for 15% off your order)
1 tbsp cacao powder
5 washed and diced strawberries
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl and pour into a greased dish (I use coconut oil).
Bake in a 350F oven for 30-40 min and remove when a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before eating or storing in the fridge.
2. Double Chocolate Protein Cookies
These cakey, chocolatey cookies are incredible. They are quick to make, just sweet enough (from the banana and the stevia in the protein powder), and very soft. A completely guilt-free way to enjoy chocolate cookies without and added sugar, oils, and complicated list of ingredients.
Makes about 10 cookies
1 ripe banana
½ cup almond milk (any non-dairy milk will work)
⅓ cup gluten-free flour
¼ cup Sunwarrior Chocolate Protein Powder (use code: thegreenspatula15 for 15% off your order)
2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
⅓ tsp baking powder
¼ mini chocolate chips
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl mash the banana with a fork until smooth. Add in the almond milk and vanilla and whisk until well combined. Add in the rest of the dry ingredients and whisk again until well combined. At the end, gently fold in the chocolate chips.
On a lined baking sheet, use two tablespoons to spoon the mixture onto the tray. Sprinkle each cookie with a few extra chocolate chips and then bake for 9-11 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 min before transferring to a cooling rack. Enjoy right away or store in the fridge.
3. Vanilla & Strawberry “Nice” Cream
Frozen bananas are pure magic. When blended they create this irresistible, creamy, rich textured ice cream that’s absolutely incredible. And, when you add extra ingredients to create your favorite ice cream flavor, you can hardly taste the banana.
Use frozen bananas to create your favorite ice cream flavor for a healthy spin on an otherwise unhealthy treat. One of my favorite combos my husband and I have tried is frozen bananas, strawberries, and fresh basil.
Makes 2 servings
3 frozen ripe bananas*
1 scoop of Sunwarrior Vanilla Protein Powder (use code: thegreenspatula15 for 15% off your order)
A handful of frozen strawberries
Optional: fresh mint leaves
*the bananas must be ripe (spotty) when you freeze them! This will give you the best flavor and consistency.
In a high-speed blender or food processor, add in all the ingredients and blend until completely smooth. I’ve made this recipe in a Vitamix, Nutribullet, and food processor - it will work regardless of what appliance you have. If you use a Nutribullet or a food processor, let the bananas and strawberries defrost for 5-10 min before you blend (add a splash of water or non-dairy milk if you’re having trouble blending).
Getting enough protein into your day is easy when you can incorporate it into these delicious and healthy treats. I hope this post illustrates the health benefits of proteins found in plant-based sources over those in animal products.
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