Aside from being a quality protein source, whey protein is popular because it’s quick, easy and convenient. Mix with water. Shake. Drink. It’s that simple. But sometimes, when time or tastes permit, it’s nice to rustle up something more elaborate. If you’ve got mere minutes in which to exit the gym and reach the office, a hasty shake on-the-go it is. On special occasions, however, you can afford to get more creative, satisfying your sweet tooth and impressing your fitness friends in one fell swoop.
Are you ready to try something new? From high protein cookies and smoothies to peanut butter protein balls, there’s a wealth of delicious recipes out there. All you need is a quality protein powder that mixes easily and has a rich texture. Healthy Whey comfortably meets this criteria, regardless of which flavour you choose: chocolate, vanilla or strawberry.
Just because you’re trying to eat healthily doesn’t mean you have to forgo dessert. Here are three delicious ways to use whey protein:
Roll up a batch of peanut butter protein balls
This simple recipe is ideal for those late evenings when you crave something sweet but daren’t wreck your macros by reaching for the ice cream. It takes only 20 minutes to prepare and requires just a few basic ingredients:
- 5 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (alternatively use almond butter as a lower fat alternative)
- 1 scoop of chocolate whey protein powder
- Dark chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
Mix everything in a bowl, form the mixture into 20 or more balls and refrigerate them. One serving will provide around 200 calories, almost 10 grams of protein and an unquantifiable amount of bliss as it melts in your mouth.
Spoil yourself with low carb chocolate waffles
These low carb chocolate waffles make a healthy snack between meals. If you’re a Nutella fiend, they’ll satisfy your sweet tooth with zero guilt afterwards. Round up the following ingredients:
- 240g hazelnut meal or flaxseed meal
- 1/2 scoop protein powder
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 3 teaspoons olive oil or almond oil
- 5 tablespoons low fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons cocoa
- 4 eggs
Mix the hazelnut meal, cocoa powder, protein powder and flour in a large bowl. Whisk in yogurt, eggs, almond or olive oil and nutmeg. Preheat and grease the waffle iron. (If you don’t have a waffle iron a ridged grill pan will do the trick.) Pour in the mixture and cook until crisp. Top with berries, peanut butter or sugar-free syrup. Each serving packs 11 grams of protein and only 250 calories. Sweet.
Make your own protein chocolates
Nothing beats a box of chocolates…except for the joy of hitting your fitness goals. Thankfully there’s a way to have your cake and to eat it – or your chocolates rather. Using a low calorie protein powder like Healthy Whey, it’s possible to make your own protein chocolates without all the sugar and other naughties that normally come as standard. Here’s what you need:
- 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
- 1/2 scoop strawberry whey protein
- 100 grams dark chocolate (at least 85% cocoa)
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut or oats flour
- 1 tablespoon organic almond milk or low fat cow’s milk
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil or butter
Melt 50 grams of chocolate and mix it with 1/2 tablespoon of the melted coconut oil. Add 1/2 scoop of the chocolate whey. Pour the mixture into the bottom of an ice cube tray and freeze. In a separate bowl, mix coconut flour, strawberry whey and almond milk. Add a scoop of this mixture into each ice mold. Melt the remaining dark chocolate and coconut oil and then add the chocolate whey. Pour into the ice cube tray over the other ingredients and leave it in the freezer for a few hours.