Go Pro: 10 Delicious Protein Recipes
Rev up your fit recipe repertoire with these quick and easy protein meals from the athletes of CytoSport. Each recipe is simple, delicious, and packs a protein wallop!
Protein supplementation isn't all about chugging shakes and slamming liquid nutrition at precise times. Sure, protein is critical to your fitness goals, but choosing health shouldn't mean sacrificing taste or fun. In fact, feeding your muscles can be all about great-tasting, protein-packed desserts that rival the flavor of your favorite cream-cheese-covered breakfast pastries!
Add these CytoSport athletes' favorite recipes to your protein cookbook for a healthier take on sweet treats. Or, if you still prefer to kick off your morning with a shake, try their delicious smoothie options. The delectable combination of fruits and vegetables will kick your preferred protein vehicle into high gear, not to mention your fit goal gains.
Janelle McGuire IFBB Bikini Pro
Not only do these recipes feature traditional flavors like Muscle Milk vanilla, cocoa bean, and natural chocolate, but they also include dessert flavors like red velvet cake. The best part: They're quick, simple, and take five minutes or less to create!
1. Oatmeal Banana Nut Protein Cookie
If you thought about tossing out your overripe bananas, think again. Make the most of that dose of potassium by adding it to protein-cookie batter! Customize your cookie with anything from almond slivers to chocolate chips and raisins. Eat these warm or refrigerate for a delicious, chilled treat.
2. Red Velvet Protein Pudding
For added muscle-building power—and a new take on dessert—opt for protein pudding. This rich recipe can fit into your macros and works as a finish to a dinner party. Your friends will never know the difference!
3. Decadent Chilled Protein Pudding
This must-try creation is definitely my new favorite. No more need to be tempted by yogurt-covered raisins. The ingredient list might be short, but this makes for one flavorful combination.
4. Protein Brownies
This recipe began as a challenge: Try to create something exceptional with limited ingredients. I wanted to capture the best "health benefits" a brownie could bring while still giving the bakery a run for its money. I've tried many variations and protein flavors, but never achieved the richness and texture a true brownie brings.
Gretchen Bleiler Pro Snowboarder
5. Favorite Morning Smoothie
Sometimes, nothing starts a day off better than a fruit-filled smoothie. Add a protein base and blend for a delicious, nutritious, muscle-making shake!
Ryan and Sara Hall Distance Runners
6. Red Velvet Muscle Milk Pancakes
No need to douse this breakfast griddle cake in loads of sugary syrup. It's already tasty and sweet enough! Follow the recipe below to serve up some guilt-free sweet treats.
Can't find bottled beet juice? Use water and beet powder or red food coloring. Also, keep in mind that different flours have different absorption rates. Add flour until the pancake batter is the correct consistency—thick, but mixable.
If you're in a rush, as we usually are, you can substitute the first three ingredients for 1/3 cup of your favorite pancake mix. Bisquick Heart Smart works great, and Pamela's is a great gluten-free option.
Ryan Bader MMA Light Heavyweight
7. Green Monster
Go green! Start the day right with this veggie-powered that packs a solid protein punch.
Brittany Tacy IFBB Pro Figure
8. Muscle Milk Frozen Cheesecake CupsWatch the video: 00:41
No need to head to the Factory. Save calories and cash by making your own cheesecake cups with minimal prep work! This recipe makes six cheesecake cups.
9. Chocolate Peanut Butter PancakesWatch the video: 00:41
Chocolate and peanut butter have long been a delicious combination. Instead of getting your fix in the form of candy or chocolate—true diet disasters—pile on the sweet with this protein-laden treat!
10. Monster Milk Breakfast Cake
What's better than breakfast for dinner? Dessert for breakfast! Eat cake guilt-free with this monster of a muscle-building recipe.