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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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