Fitness & Health

Maclaine Chadwick | Fulcrum Staff

Illustration by Mico Mazza 

So you just bought a tub of protein powder, but now what do you do with it? Although mixing it up with some water in a reuseable bottle may be the easiest way to ingest protein, it is certainly not the tastiest, and you could get really bored really fast. There are lots of simple and tasty ways to incorporate protein powder into your daily diet, which will help your muscles get into tip-top shape.

Strengthen your smoothie

A classic strawberry-banana smoothie can brighten up your breakfast, but it’s even better if you add some vanilla protein powder for an ice-creamy taste. If you bought chocolate powder, toss it into a smoothie with a banana, low-fat milk, and some peanut butter for a delicious and nutritious snack.

Protein pancakes

Who doesn’t love a good flapjack? If you’re hesitant about eating excess flour and sugar, try this alternative next time you’re making Sunday brunch. Mix four egg whites with 1/3 cup of oats and one scoop of your protein powder, add in some of your favorite fruit, and cook as you would regular pancakes.

Bro-tatoes 

Just when you thought mashed potatoes couldn’t get any manlier, BAM! Add a scoop of flavourless protein powder along with 1/4 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of margarine, and some salt and pepper to boiled potatoes and mash ‘em all together. The key here is to get the flavourless powder…Trust me.

Grown-up Rice Krispie squares  

Give this childhood classic an adult makeover by adding two scoops of vanilla protein powder to the instructions on the box—you may just have to add a bit more butter to get the right consistency.

Add it to cereal 

Mix a scoop of vanilla protein powder with enough water to give it a milky consistency, then pour it over your favorite cereal! I recommend Honey Nut Cheerios or Oatmeal Crisp.

Exciting eggs

Eggs are already a great source of protein, but if you want to boost your breakfast even more than usual, sprinkle a tablespoon of flavourless protein powder into your scrambled egg mixture. Add some broccoli and tomatoes if you want to make it an even more delicious omelette.