Powder Power: Get Pumped Up About These 5 Protein-Packed Snacks

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Protein powder isn’t the most appetizing thing in the world. Often chalky, tasteless, and unappetizing, you won’t find many consumers incorporating the nutritional supplement into their diet for no reason at all, but you will find many men and women scooping the powder into their drinks, soups, and smoothies in order to meet a certain fitness goal or nutrition requirement. Protein powders come in various forms, but they all serve the purpose of providing a convenient source of complete, high-quality protein.

So, if you are in the market for that complete protein and are trying to determine a way to incorporate the protein powder into your diet in the most painless way, you’ve come to the right place. We’re drawing up a list of the five ways you can hide the nutritional supplement in your drinks and foods. No one expects you to eat protein powder by the spoonful, and as it turns out, there are actually a number of ways to make the protein-pushing process an appetizing one. Whether you’re swallowing the powder to bulk up, train for a race, or just get more protein in your diet, enlist one of these ways to make the powder go down a little easier.

1. Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie

Toss your protein powder in a smoothie and slurp away. Here’s a Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie recipe from YummlyThe pungent strawberry and banana flavors will mask the chalkiness of the protein powder, and the addition of almonds to the drink also further amps up its fiber and protein content. You’ll go nutty over protein powder after trying this drink.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bananas
  • 11/4 cups strawberries (sliced fresh)
  • 10 whole almonds
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 3 tablespoons protein powder (chocolate flavored)

Directions: 

Place the banana, strawberries, almonds, and water into a blender. Blend to mix, then add the ice cubes and puree until smooth. Add the protein powder, and continue mixing until evenly incorporated, about 30 seconds.

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