Protein powders and recipes for protein shakes

Protein Powder Recipes

Protein powders are the most convenient and easiest way to add more protein to your diet, and they can be used in a variety of recipes beyond just protein shakes. Sometimes however, you might need to spice them up a bit for your aesthetic satisfaction.

Vitaminfood is master of creating natural flavors. Our dislike for artificial flavors is that they are harmful sugars, false-volumizing and contra-indicatory to the healthy weight loss goals we designed these protein powders for. For these reasons, we worked to develop top-of-the-game natural flavors. Vitaminfood protein shakes are also only sweetened with stevia only and have a great natural taste.

The variety of flavors include:

  • Strawberry fruit
  • Vanilla cream
  • Cookie
  • Pistachio
  • Yogurt cherry
  • Oreo

These make Vitaminfood the best-flavored protein shake in the market and among the most nutritionally complete as well.

 

When buying protein shakes, it is important that you check the nutritional factsheet and ingredients list to avoid those with added sugars and artificial sweeteners or preservatives. If the right protein powder is picked and consumed at the right time, there are a lot of benefits to reap.

Here are some protein supplement options for you:

  1. Protein Bars: Combine protein powder, oats, nut butter, honey, and any other desired ingredients (such as nuts, seeds, or dried fruit) in a bowl. Press the mixture into a lined baking dish and refrigerate until firm. Cut into bars and enjoy as a post-workout snack or quick breakfast on the go.
  2. Protein Pancakes: Add protein powder to your favorite pancake mix or use a protein powder-based pancake mix to boost the protein content of your pancakes. Top with your favorite toppings, such as fruit, nuts, or maple syrup.

* Add a scoop of protein powder to your favorite pancake mix or make a batch of protein pancakes from scratch by mixing together 1 cup of oats, 1 scoop of protein powder, 1 banana, 1 cup of milk, and 1 egg.

 

  1. Protein Bites: Mix protein powder, oats, nut butter, honey, and any other desired ingredients (such as coconut flakes or chocolate chips) in a bowl. Roll the mixture into balls and refrigerate until firm. Enjoy as a snack or pre-workout energy boost.
  2. Protein Cookies and baked goods: Add protein powder to your favorite cookie dough recipe or use a protein powder-based cookie mix. Bake according to the recipe instructions and enjoy as a post-workout treat or anytime snack.

* Add a scoop of protein powder to your favorite baked goods recipes, such as muffins, cookies, or bread, to increase the protein content. Be aware that the texture of the finished product may be slightly different when using protein powder.

  1. Protein Overnight Oats: Mix protein powder, oats, milk, and any other desired ingredients (such as fruit, nuts, or spices) in a jar or container. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy as a quick and easy breakfast in the morning.
  2. Protein Balls: Mix together 1 cup of oats, 1 scoop of protein powder, 1/2 cup of nut butter, and 1/4 cup of honey or agave syrup. Roll the mixture into balls and refrigerate until firm.
  3. Protein Smoothies: Add a scoop of protein powder to your favorite smoothie recipe for an extra protein boost. Some tasty combinations include banana and peanut butter, strawberry and banana, or mango and pineapple.

Remember to choose a protein powder that fits your dietary needs and preferences, and be mindful of the serving size when using protein powder in recipes.

 

Protein powder vs protein isolate

Protein powders and protein isolates are terms used interchangeably to often refer to protein supplements but are they really the same? What is the difference between protein powders and protein isolates?

One is a pure form of protein extract while the other may contain more nutrients for added health benefits. Let’s find out more:

Protein powders

Protein powders are dietary supplements made from concentrated sources of protein, such as whey, casein, soy, pea, or rice. They are typically available in powder form and can be mixed with water, milk, or other liquids to create a protein-rich drink. Protein powders are often used by people who want to increase their protein intake, such as athletes, bodybuilders, and individuals following a high-protein diet.

There are several types of protein powders available, each with its own unique characteristics and potential benefits. Here is a brief overview of some common types of protein powders:

  1. Whey protein: This type of protein is derived from cow's milk and is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids. It is fast-digesting and can be a good option for post-workout recovery.
  2. Casein protein: Like whey protein, casein is derived from cow's milk. However, it is slower-digesting than whey and can be a good option for sustained energy.
  3. Soy protein: This type of protein is derived from soybeans and is a complete protein. It is a good option for vegetarians and vegans, as well as those who are lactose intolerant.
  4. Pea protein: This type of protein is derived from peas and is a good option for vegetarians and vegans. It is a complete protein but may be less digestible than other types of protein.
  5. Rice protein: This type of protein is derived from rice and is a good option for vegetarians and vegans. It is a complete protein but may be less digestible than other types of protein.

It is important to choose a protein powder that fits your dietary needs and preferences, and to be mindful of serving size when using protein powders.

 

Protein isolate

Protein isolate is a type of protein powder that has had much of the fat, lactose, and other non-protein components removed, resulting in a higher protein content compared to other types of protein powders. Protein isolates are typically made through a process called "isolation," which involves separating the protein from the other components of the source material using various techniques such as filtration or centrifugation.

Protein isolates are commonly made from milk (whey protein isolate) or soy, and they are often used in protein powders, protein bars, and other protein-rich products. They are fast-digesting and are often considered a good option for post-workout recovery.

It is important to note that protein isolates may not provide all of the same nutrients as whole food sources of protein, such as meat, dairy, or beans. They should not be used as a sole source of protein and should be consumed as part of a balanced diet that includes a variety of protein sources. It is also important to choose a protein isolate that fits your dietary needs and preferences, and to be mindful of serving size when using protein isolates.

 

Plant-based protein

Plant-based protein is a type of protein that is derived from plants, such as legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds. Plant-based proteins are a good option for vegetarians and vegans, as well as for those who are looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet. They can be found in a variety of forms, including protein powders, plant-based protein bars, and plant-based protein supplements.

There are several types of plant-based proteins available, each with its own unique characteristics and potential benefits. Some common sources of plant-based protein include:

  1. Legumes: Legumes, such as beans, lentils, and chickpeas, are a good source of protein and are also rich in fiber and other nutrients.
  2. Grains: Some grains, such as quinoa and amaranth, are high in protein and can be a good source of plant-based protein.
  3. Nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds, such as almonds, peanuts, and chia seeds, are high in protein and can be a good source of plant-based protein.
  4. Soy: Soybeans and soy-based products, such as tofu and tempeh, are a good source of protein and are also a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids.

It is important to choose a plant-based protein that fits your dietary needs and preferences, and to be mindful of serving size when using plant-based protein supplements. Plant-based proteins should not be used as a sole source of nutrition and should be consumed as part of a balanced diet.

 

Here are a few references that provide more information on vegan bodybuilding:

  • The Vegan Society: https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/nutrition-and-health/sport
  • Vegan Health: https://veganhealth.org/vegan-bodybuilding-and-fitness/
  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/vegetarian-and-special-diets/vegetarian-and-vegan-diets-in-athletes