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5 tasty ways to take your protein powder

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It is the last day of January. If you are like me, you started your new way of living 31 days ago. You have seen some progress (6 pounds), but you are starting to wane. If you read my last couple of articles, you would have already started on a program of supplements complete with a protein shake taken daily.

Usually a month later, you are really sick of the shake. By this time, they start getting chalky and start to taste really boring. I'm right there with you man. So, I decided to look up some different ways to take your daily protein. After scouring the internet, I found some great recipes. The best thing is....they are all dessert recipes. Just what we needed. Here they are.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie.

This smoothie makes for a tasty morning shake or a quick treat after a hard workout. You not only get your protein, but you get your fiber and antioxidants as well. To enjoy this smoothie, Make sure you have these items on hand:

  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder.

Read the rest of the recipe and 21 others here.

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Coconut Protein Balls.

This protein snack is no bake and quick to make. You will spend no more than 20 minutes to prepare these amaze- protein-balls that everyone is sure to love. I have made them myself many times and they are always there at the right time. To enjoy these balls (see what I did there) , you will need these items

  • 3 cups Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 4 scoops whey protein powder unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 coconut flakes unsweetened

Read the rest of this recipe here.

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Chocolate Protein Brownies.

There is nothing like the chewy, chocolatey brownie after a workout, Enjoy this other amazing protein snack if you are a runner, a dancer, or a cyclylist. Make sure that you have these items on hand:

  • Chocolate protein powder
  • cocoa powder
  • applesauce or smashed bananas
  • your choice of nut butter
  • pinch of salt.
Read the rest of instructions here to curb your chocolate addiction.

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Tiramisu Pancakes.

At first look, these pancakes that are packed with 46 grams of protein looked to be stacked with loads of whipped cream. Take a closer look and you will find that it is whipped cottage cheese. You can also substitute greek yogurt or tofu for the cottage cheese. To enjoy this breakfast delight, make sure that you are stocked up on:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup of strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coffee extract
Find the rest of the ingredients and the directions to caffeine bliss here.

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Chocolate Chip Protein Cookie Dough.

Then, there is some of us that cannot wait for the cookies to bake. If you are a muncher like me, this recipe is great for you because it taste great and it is no less than the favorite recipe that we grew up on. To enjoy this high protein confection, just keep these staples in your kitchen:

  • 2 scoops of chocolate chip protein powder
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 75g dark chocolate chips
  • 125g Peanut butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 20g of instant oats
  • 250 ml unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 40 ml agave nectar
To make this snack a reality, follow the recipe here.

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Deep dive: Texans' loss to Ravens came down to these 3 factors

Offensive line among the disappointments for Texans in loss. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

For the first time since 2018, the Houston Texans have opened the season 0-2 following their 33-16 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens.

Before moving on to their Week 3 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, here is a deep dive into the Texans' second consecutive loss this past Sunday.

Houston's run defense was actual good...until the final 12 minutes

In an attempt to capture their first win of the 2020 season, the Houston Texans' top priority heading into Week 2 against Baltimore was to contain Lamar Jackson and stop the run.

The Texans' defensive scheme was no different from any other opponent competing against the Ravens for the week. But there was a greater sense of urgency for Houston coming off a season opener loss to the Chiefs — in a game where they allowed a rookie running back to erupt for 138 yards on the ground.

Defensive Coordinator Anthony Weaver and future Hall-of-Famer J.J. Watt took responsibility for the Texans' inability to stop the run inside Arrowhead stadium and promised their efforts would be better heading into Week 2. And for the most part, Houston succeeded in their game plan up until the 12:05 mark of the fourth quarter.

The Ravens held the ball on 4th-and-1 deep inside the Texans' territory when running back Mark Ingram received a snap in shotgun formation. Prior to the snap, the Texans held the Ravens to a total of 98 rushing yards — 44 at the half — while a mixture of Watt (twice), Zach Cunningham and Charles Omenihu got to Jackson four times behind the line of scrimmage.

As Ingram proceeded to pick up the first down, Baltimore's offensive line created a large gap that resulted in a 30-yard touchdown run for the three-time Pro-Bowl running back. With the game now out of reach, Ingram celebrated his first touchdown of the year by karate-kicking a banner that hung right in front of the Texans' Bull Pen selection.

After Ingram's touchdown, the Texans would go on to give up 102 yards on the ground. Their suitable defensive performance became an afterthought by the 230 rushing yards the Texans allowed inside NRG Stadium by the time the final whistle sounded.

"I thought we did a pretty good job early on in the game with the run defense and we were doing some things that we wanted to do, and obviously in the fourth quarter we didn't," Watt said. "In the fourth quarter we didn't stop the run. We gave up some big runs. The 4–and-one we gave up the touchdown, and then we gave up the long one there. That obviously isn't going to help the run defense or the stats or anything. So got to be able to finish the game, not just start it."

Two turnovers too many

Houston's offense appeared rubbishy for the second consecutive week. Their running game was nonexistent as Houston only recorded 51 yards on 11 carries (3.0 AVG). Will Fuller — who totaled 112 yards on eight receptions against the Chiefs — failed to record a catch on Sunday and was limited due to an aggravated hamstring. The only positive takeaway from the Texans' offensive showing on Sunday was the connection between Deshaun Watson and Brandin Cooks — as the tandem connected on five receptions for 95 yards.

But the Texans might've endured a subpar offensive performance if not for two critical turnovers. Separated by six points midway through the second quarter, a fumble by Keke Coutee and an interception by Watson resulted in back-to-back touchdowns for the Ravens. It's the reason the Ravens held a 13 point advantage for the majority of the contest.

"Keke [Coutee], just keep your head up and keep working," Watson said. "That's something that we didn't want but, hey, it happened. And we got to keep pushing forward. We got to go on to the next play."

The right side wasn't the "right side"

The Texans failed to get anything going following the back-to-back turnovers due to the offensive line's inability to handle Baltimore's defensive pressure. The Ravens sent a pass rush 14 times, nine of which came from Watson's right side. The results concluded with Houston's franchise quarterback being taken down four times behind the line of scrimmage.

"I think at times when they knew, when we were down late there and there's really no threat of the run when you're in a two-minute offense there at the end," head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien said. "We can do better — obviously. Everything needs to improve. But I thought at times that we pass blocked well, but we need to improve overall, no doubt about it."

Coty M. Davis is a reporter for ESPN 97.5 Houston/SportsMap covering the Houston Texans. He is also the co-host of Locked On Texans, a part of the Locked On Podcast Network. Follow Coty on Twitter @CotyDavis_24.

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