Whey protein isolate is one of the most popular fitness products on the market and there are some awesome ways to eat whey protein at breakfast if you’re tired of a regular shake. Whey protein isolate (versus concentrate) is lactose-free, sugar-free, fat-free, and beneficial to your body if you choose one from a good brand. You can also find it in a variety of flavors so you never get bored. It's great to use right after a workout since it aids in recovery and helps produce lean muscle mass to fight muscle loss. It can also help keep you full to prevent overeating and it regulates your blood sugar. This makes it a great way to start off your day so try out some of these ways to eat whey protein at breakfast if you're tired of your usual option. These ideas aren't only filling but incredibly easy and delicious!
1. Mix into Yogurt
One of the simplest ways to eat whey protein at breakfast is to mix it into Greek yogurt for a double dose of protein and a creamy, dessert-like breakfast treat. I do suggest using plain, unsweetened and nonfat Greek yogurt as the healthiest option though. Yogurt is a great breakfast food since it contains protein,calcium, probiotics, vitamins, and minerals to keep you nourished all day long.
2. To Make Protein Pudding
You can also mix whey protein with unsweetened non-dairy milk to make a protein pudding. Then top it with some berries, flax, or maybe some chia seeds for an even more filling factor. Try out different flavors and combinations to see which ones work for you. Though any type of milk will do, unsweetened vanilla almond milk is the lowest calorie option and in my opinion, the best tasting.
3. Made into Protein Bars
You can also make protein bars out of whey protein if you like having a bar first thing in the morning but don’t want to buy a processed version. You can mix it with some oats, coconut flour, or whatever flour you like and use a binder like nut butter, water, chia seeds, or flax seeds. Need a recipe? I have one that I love for a low-carb protein bar you can find here: soulfulspoon.com.
4. Stirred into Oatmeal
You can also stir whey protein into oatmeal for a filling breakfast. Just ½ -1 scoop is all you need. It will add a creamy, indulgent flavor to your oatmeal and will likely last you well until lunch to keep you satisfied and energized!
5. Made into Cookies
You can also use whey protein as a replacement to flour in any cookie recipe and also omit the sugar since it’s already sweetened or use your own sweetener like stevia if you like. Cookies are a popular breakfast treat and by using whey protein in the mix, you’ll naturally make them more filling and more satisfying too.
6. Green Smoothies
Instead of having a usual shake, try adding whey protein to your favorite green smoothie recipe. The mix of greens, fruit, and protein will give your body just what it needs first thing in the day. Here are several awesome green smoothies to get you started: diet.allwomenstalk.com.
7. Made into Energy Bars
Most energy bars contain nuts, oats, and dried fruit but you can really add anything you like to them, so try whey protein. You’ll just need to add just a tablespoon of water or your choice milk to get the right consistency. You can make them into bars and bites and the flavor possibilities are endless which gives you limitless options and combinations.
If you’re vegan, feel free to use a vegan protein powder instead as it will work the same though the nutritional benefits will differ. If you like whey protein, how do you enjoy it? What’s your favorite flavor?