Now, granted, at the time I'm sure better, more delicious powders existed, I didn't know about them. Instead I let my horrible boyfriend of the moment (moment actually being about three years too long) pick something. Given the number of times the jackass cheated on me with underage girls I probably shouldn't have trusted him with such decisions; his taste in protein and his taste in side-pieces both sucked.
So when I began getting more serious about my fitness, I realized that *GASP* I would once again be forced into a world of protein enriched powders to aid in my diet. I was scared shitless as nightmares of chugging ickiness returned to my mind. I was afraid of the whey.
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Then I figured out that protein isn't just for mixing with water or other liquids and parading as a milkshake. My world was rocked. I experimented. I added it my oatmeal (which is crazy fabulous), used it to make pancakes (which is for a post all it's own), mixed in baking powder and egg whites to make mug cakes, added it to Greek yogurt, baked into truly amazing protein bars. The possibilities both in my own mind and found in the far reaches of Google were endless.
Protein powder was, and is, downright awesome shit and I had had no idea.
Here are some of my favorite protein-a-licious treats:
- Protein Oatmeal: Exactly as it sounds, you add a scoop (or half a scoop, or two scoops, or whatever you require) to your oats and water before microwaving. Not only does it taste good, but it adds a really nice, creamy texture to the whole situation.
- Protein Mug Cake: Yes, this really exists and while it's not a Hostess CupCake (may she rest in peace) it's a pretty yummy treat for someone eating really damn healthy. To make simply add a pinch of baking powder, about a teaspoon of sugar free pudding mix - to make it moist, a splash of egg white and enough other liquid (water, almond milk) to make a cake batter. Throw it in a mug, turn down the power on the microwave and give it a minute. Legit, dudes.
- Jamie Eason's Pumpkin Protein Bars: Go HERE and make this shit now. Seriously. I made these and shit you not no one thought they were good for you. Probably one of my very favorite protein recipes, she has lots of varieties. This just happens to be my favorite.
So protein powder doesn't have to be the type of scary shit you shake up and drink in the darkness of your apartment early in the morning hoping you don't spew the crap all over your white cabinets (totally happened once). Instead, it's actually some versatile shit that can help you get to your goals while still being enjoyable. Healthy and delicious and not drinking all your meals can exist!
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Please note that protein powders are meant as a supplement to a rounded diet. I prefer to get most of my protein needs from real, solid, doesn't come in a container, food. However, protein powders are excellent way to meet your daily intake needs when living an active lifestyle.