Protein is an essential macronutrient that offers benefits both structurally and functionally, in particular, supporting lean muscle growth and post-workout recovery. Protein powders are a concentrated source of protein that comes from either plant or animal origin. Within these two groups there are a number of different types, including whey, casein, pea, soy, brown rice and hemp protein. Protein powder is a great supplement if you are not consuming enough protein in your diet and can be used for a number of purposes including weight loss, added nutrition, muscle growth or muscle recovery. If you want to learn more about protein powder and its different types, check out our Guide to Protein and Protein Powder.
Protein powder is an exceptionally versatile supplement that can be used in many different ways. It helps to have a good protein powder on hand to add into any healthy recipe to take it to the next level. Here are 10 different ways to use your True Protein Powder, along with recipes created by our very own recipe creators!
1. Protein Shake
A protein shake is the easiest way to use your protein powder. Simply combine the recommended serving size of protein with your choice of liquid, shake, and consume! True protein powders taste great when mixed with just water, or if you are after a different consistency, combine with your choice of milk. Protein shakes make a great post-workout drink that will replenish your body, helping with muscle growth and recovery.
2. Protein Smoothie + Smoothie Bowl
Continuing on the convenience train, protein smoothies make a delicious breakfast or snack that you can whip up in just minutes. Fruits and vegetables are the most common ingredients in smoothies and rightfully so, as they boast all the benefits that vitamins and minerals bring, as well as dietary fibre which can help gut health. Add in other ingredients to develop a flavour combination that satisfies your taste buds!
If you are wanting to make a smoothie bowl instead of a regular smoothie, add less liquid to create a thicker consistency that you can then eat using a spoon! Smoothie bowls are also made more fun by adding toppings like granola or fruit.
Simply add all the ingredients into a blender and voila, you have a nutritious drink or bowl that will leave you feeling good from the inside out! Here are some of our favourite protein smoothie and smoothie bowl recipes:
- Mango Passion Smoothie
- Banana and Peanut Butter Smoothie
- Summer Smoothie
- Strawberries and Cream Smoothie Bowl
- Tropical Smoothie Bowl
3. Protein Oats + Overnight Oats
Protein oats and overnight oats are a simple meal that is not only nutritious but also keeps you full. Oats are incredibly nutritious, a great source of carbohydrates, fibre and protein, however generally taste quite bland. Adding protein powder into your oats not only gives that additional protein hit, but also adds a burst of flavour that oats don't have on their own. There is also an opportunity to get creative and add your favourite toppings, with popular ones being berries, banana, peanut butter or chocolate if you feel like treating yourself! Have a look at these oat recipes to find one that suits you:
- Biscoff Protein Oats
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Baked Oats
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats
- Mango Chia and Raspberry Overnight Oats
4. Protein Balls
Protein balls make the ultimate on-the-go snack. Often super easy to make, protein balls pack a protein punch all while containing wholefood ingredients that will tide you over until your next meal. Pack one on your next adventure, take one to work or just grab one out of the fridge whenever you need that extra little snack to sustain your hunger. Try out one of our favourite protein ball recipes:
- Chocolate Coconut Protein Balls
- Choc Peanut Protein Balls
- Lemon and Coconut Protein Balls
- Snickers Protein Balls
Or, better yet, you can skip a few steps and try our Protein Ball Premix.
5. Cakes + Slices
Often when we think of cakes and slices, we don’t think of healthy things. However these recipes are here to change your mind. Swap out a cake mix from the supermarket for one of these healthy alternatives for your next special occasion - or, for when you just want a healthy treat.
- Blueberry and Lemon Cake
- Chocolate Loaf Cake
- Spiced Pear and Sesame Cake
- Peanut Butter Protein Crunch Slice
- Raspberry Ripe Slice
Cookies are always a crowd favourite, and why not make them even better with a hit of protein! Our protein powders are great for baking, and come in a range of different flavours to suit any cookie recipe. Try out one of our healthy recipes next time you’re having a cookie craving.
- Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies
- Soft Baked Salted Caramel & Peanut Butter Cookies
- Protein Oat Cookies
- Toasted Coconut Choc Chunk Cookies
Pancakes are the ultimate “treat yourself” breakfast, however, they don’t always have to be thought of in this way. Add in one of our True Protein Powders to bump up your pancake’s macronutrient profile and opt for more wholefood ingredients. Don’t blame us if you suddenly want to have pancakes for every meal of the day.
- Chocolate and Maple Pancakes
- Caramelised Banana Protein Pancakes
- Vanilla Buckwheat Pancakes
- Double Choc Protein Pancake Stack
8. Savoury Muffins and Loaves
Did you know we also have natural flavoured protein powder? Our natural protein powders are great for savoury recipes where you don’t necessarily want vanilla or chocolate flavours making an appearance. Try out one of our recipes to find out how you can sneak some extra protein into your next savoury meal.
9. Ice Cream
With some simple swaps, ice cream can be made into a “nice cream” by replacing unhealthy ingredients with wholefoods like frozen bananas. A healthy treat that can be kept in your freezer, these protein ice cream recipes should be kept on hand for when you need a sweet fix.
- Strawberries & Cream Ice Cream Cakes
- Instant Chocolate Banana Ice Cream
- Banana Protein Ice Cream
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream
- Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Cakes
10. Other Drinks
Not only is protein powder great for protein shakes and smoothies, but it can also be added to other drinks to bump up macronutrient intake. In particular, protein powder is a great addition to your iced coffee or mocha!