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9 Super-Fast Protein-Packed Recipes

9 Super-Fast Protein-Packed Recipes

Shakes: whey. Ranch dressing: no whey! Think again. Your protein powder is more versatile than you think.

To load up on extra protein, you don't need to subsist on chicken breast, salmon, and shakes. Open up the tub of protein powder that's already in your pantry. Then get creative with these nine easy recipes.

There's more you can do with a scoop of protein powder than toss it into a smoothie—much more.

Sources: Jen Comas Keck, C.P.T., nutrition coach; Anna Sward, founder of Proteinpow.com; Roger Lawson, C.S.C.S.; Julie Lohre, C.P.T.

1
Banana Pudding

Stir banana protein powder into Greek yogurt: one scoop of protein for 1 cup of yogurt.

2
Powered-Up Oatmeal

Let plain oatmeal cool a bit, then mix in a scoop of chocolate or cinnamon roll-flavored protein.

3
Hot Chocolate

Make a cup of hot cocoa and let it cool until it's warm, not hot. Add chocolate, vanilla, or unflavored protein.

4
Protein Pancakes

Beat together one whole egg and two egg whites. Mix in one scoop of any flavor of protein powder. Add powder until you reach a pancake batter-like consistency. Top with all-natural peanut butter and bananas.

5
Instant Mocha

After a cup of coffee has cooled a bit, stir in vanilla protein for a "latte" or chocolate protein for a "mocha."

6
Peanut Butter Balls

Knead chocolate or unflavored protein into natural peanut butter. Keep them in the fridge for a quick snack.

7
Sweet or Savory Crepe

Beat together two eggs and 3 tbsp milk. Add about one scoop of protein powder, so the batter has a runny consistency. Cook a thin layer on a nonstick pan over medium heat. Fill with baked apples. For a savory crepe, stuff with mushrooms, spinach, and goat cheese.

For a baked apple filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a shallow baking pan, combine the slices from two apples, a dash of cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, 2 tbsp melted butter, and a drizzle of olive oil.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake until apples are tender, about 45 minutes.

8
Tangy Ranch Dip

Fold a scoop of unflavored protein powder and ranch dressing seasonings into Greek yogurt. (Find ranch dressing seasonings in the salad dressing aisle.)

9
Chocolate Cheesecake

Mix chocolate protein powder into cottage cheese. Refrigerate and top with berries.

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Men's Health (MH), published by Rodale Inc., is the world's largest men's magazine with 39 editions in 46 countries.

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krtaylor1969

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I'm trying the protein pancakes Sunday. Thanks for the ideas!

Feb 12, 2013 6:49pm | report
 
AlexFitLife

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AlexFitLife

just make sure you use Casein Protein Powder, as Whey will make for very dry pancakes!

Feb 13, 2013 12:36pm | report
plmcute8402

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plmcute8402

i have these everymorning- i use cinnamon and a dash of almond milk with the with whey protein, i top with blueberris that have been cooked down in a sauce pan (add nothing)

Feb 13, 2013 12:53pm | report
DuckGal

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DuckGal

These are all great ideas! I dislike the ranch dip one, only because I'd have to share with my husband and son. And I don't think a 2 year old needs that kind of protein boost.

Feb 12, 2013 7:47pm | report
 
kevpunx

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kevpunx

Is your child drinks milk ??? There's whey protein in milk too ...

Feb 14, 2013 6:26pm | report
dpade1337

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dpade1337

Yes, children need protein but not artificial protein. They need it from natural food sources because they need significantly less than an adult who is body building. Esp a 2 year old. Children can over dose on protein and get dehydrated and it can cause internal damage. Plus obviously part of the dehydration would be from having diarrhea, which I am sure more than a few adults have had when you don't balance your high protein diets with enough fibers.

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dpade1337

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dpade1337

IN case I was not clear I was responding to Kevpunx. Not to DuckGal who clearly stated she would NOT be giving the child protein.

Feb 14, 2013 7:08pm | report
jarvistn

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jarvistn

definitely going to try these ideas..

Feb 12, 2013 8:55pm | report
 
mmiltonp

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mmiltonp

hmmm, sounds like I'll have a few more protein treats to try this weekend!

Feb 13, 2013 2:04pm | report
 
Zod201

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Zod201

Pancakes sound good!

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Pebbles88425

I will definitely try the chocolate cheesecake!

Feb 14, 2013 5:07pm | report
 
extremedrummer87

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extremedrummer87

nice and simple, just like the best recipes should be.

Feb 14, 2013 5:21pm | report
 
gcm2013

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gcm2013

Great!! Thks a lot!!

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00Gymrat00

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00Gymrat00

I already have peanutbutter balls in my fridge. Comes in handy and they are just YUMMY!
Anyone should give 'em a try!

Feb 17, 2013 7:00am | report
 
missloulou

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missloulou

HI
Wanted to try these peanut butter balls can you tell me aproximate ratios on peanut butter and protein?
Thanks

Mar 19, 2013 3:08pm | report
Boston139

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Boston139

These are great tips to help integrate more protein. Will try them all out...

Feb 18, 2013 1:27pm | report
 
LADO89

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LADO89

These recipes sound whey to good to pass up.

Feb 21, 2013 2:09pm | report
 
nherrada

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nherrada

I have a little question. Why coffee or latte beverages have to get cool a bit to add the whey protein? I would like to try a mocha but when it's about coffee I prefer it HOT.

Feb 21, 2013 4:42pm | report
 
TheGr33k

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TheGr33k

Heat destroys protein molecules. That's why you don't ever hear of everyone putting a scoop of whey into coffee in the morning

Feb 23, 2013 9:03am | report
SacredCASHcow

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SacredCASHcow

For a super lean pancake: Oats, eggwhites, and cinnamon, then just add smuckers sugar free preserves. You will be full on almost no calories and a ton of protein and fiber.

Feb 24, 2013 10:03am | report
 
Ali0510

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Ali0510

I will def try some of this food protien tips Thanks

Feb 25, 2013 7:04am | report
 
kashasha

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kashasha

Pancakes look good...but is it OK to heat protein like that ??? Does heat have no effect on the protein powders??

Feb 26, 2013 7:30am | report
 
mikereuter

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mikereuter

you can use casseine or whey, taste the same

Feb 26, 2013 7:55am | report
 
Dbhtrainr

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Dbhtrainr

Always looking for interesting ways to add protien to food and not just subsist on bars or shakes. This is great!

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i am trying the peanu tbutter balls now... YUM!!!

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