Best Ways to Use Pea Protein in Healthy Recipes

There are very few nutrients quite as important as protein. Protein supports so many different physical processes that without enough of it, your body can pay the price. This one little nutrient helps develop muscles, hormones, and enzymes, and can easily be deemed as a building block of the human body. 

Unfortunately, a lot of people who eat only a plant-based diet, such as vegans or vegetarians, can really struggle to get enough protein into their daily intake. Roughly 30 percent of your daily calories should actually come from protein. If you’re struggling to hit those numbers, pea protein is an excellent resource, and it can be incorporated into all kinds of delicious recipes.  

Continue reading below to learn the best ways to use pea protein in healthy recipes.

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protein pre work out

Protein Pre-Workouts 

There’s good reason why the best athletes are particular about what they take in before a big game. Food is fuel and certain nutrients, like protein, can help you perform better and minimize damage to the muscular system. When you know you will be working out, it is important to give your body what it needs to perform at its best and make the most of the activity, and that is something protein can help you achieve. The recommended protein intake if you consider yourself an active person is about 0.6 grams per pound per day. 

Protein Post-Workout

After an intense workout, your body needs the extra protein to support muscle recovery and keep you energized. According to Healthline, protein will help stimulate protein synthesis in the body and even help you perform better the next time you workout. If you do not have time for a full meal after an especially challenging workout, at least grab a treat with a healthy dose of protein post-workout, such as this Healthy Edible Cookie Dough. Keeping your protein intake at about 0.6 grams per pound per day will help your body recuperate and thwart severe muscle soreness. 

nuzest vanilla oatcake

Protein for Breakfast 

A protein-packed breakfast keeps you feeling fulfilled for longer, gives you a good boost of energy, and helps keep your blood sugar levels in check so you don’t bottom out and crash. The possibilities of how you can incorporate protein into your breakfast routine are endless, and the recipes you can create with added pea protein are nothing short of tantalizing. From waffles and pancakes to oatmeal and protein shakes or smoothies, getting your day off to the right start is not at all hard to do. Vanilla Oatcake, Chocolate Paleo Pancakes, and Vegan Pumpkin Muffins are some really good examples of some healthy ways to incorporate protein for breakfast. 

Protein in Baking 

There’s something so rewarding about baking, whether it is the idea of throwing a bunch of ingredients together to make a tempting treat or making something to share with someone else. Baked goods don’t have to be unhealthy; they are actually really easy to evolve by adding in some pea protein. No Bake Fudge Balls and 4 Ingredient Butternut Brownies made with Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein are scrumptious examples. The flour in a lot of recipes can be replaced with pea protein powder because it acts as a binding agent. 

4 ingredient butternut brownies

Protein In Cooking 

One of the reasons those following a vegan or vegetarian diet find their meals to be unfulfilling is they are lacking in protein. Therefore, beefing up your meals with the addition of pea protein gives you more satisfying results when you finish your plate. There are tons of great recipes that utilize protein in cooking, such as this Vegan Ranch Dressing with Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Just Natural. Pair this dressing with your favorite veggies or drizzle it over your salad for a flavorful protein-packed addition. Protein Powered Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce and “Cheezy” Spinach Artichoke Dip are a few other good choices when you are craving dairy-free cheese.

Protein Shake

When your regular diet is lacking protein or you just want a healthy dose of protein to give your energy levels a boost, protein shakes are a must. Of course, pea protein is a nice healthy alternative to other forms of protein, but there are tips you should follow to get the best protein shake you have ever tasted. No one wants a protein shake that is gritty or chalky, so check out these tips to make the best protein shake

pumpkin pie smoothie

Protein Smoothies

Our lives are busy, and sometimes getting in the kitchen to whip up a meal isn’t something you can squeeze into a hectic schedule. This is why people adore protein smoothies so much; they give you the nutrition you need that you can take on the go, as well as serve up your own personal preference of flavor. If you’re looking for a super-filling smoothie packed with all the good stuff you need to get your day off to a good start, try this Pumpkin Pie Smoothie made with Smooth Vanilla Clean Lean Protein. Pumpkin pie is not just a Thanksgiving treat—this is easy enough to whip up any time. 

Protein Oatmeal 

On rainy days when you don’t feel like cooking, or on days when you want some comfort food to stick with you well beyond breakfast, protein oatmeal or porridge does a good job. Great when served hot, yummy when served cold, and super simple to make, Almond Joy Protein Overnight Oatmeal is big on flavor. Make the oatmeal the night before you plan to eat it and pop it in the microwave the next morning, or eat it cold if you prefer. Either way, you get a totally vegan meal packed with protein, flavor, and even a little bit of chocolate. 

Protein Ice Cream 

Comforting, sweet, and enough to cool you down on a hot day, we all scream for ice cream, but regular ice cream is lacking in anything close to good nutrients. Vegan Ice Cream is a plant-based replacement that meets all the right criteria to be a satisfying treat. Made with coconut milk and Nuzest Clean Lean Protein, this protein ice cream is just what your taste buds order on a hot day. 

protein ice cream

Protein Soup 

Take a look at the label on just about any can of store-bought soup and you’ll see obscene amounts of sodium and a lot of unhealthy fats. But if you love soup to chill your bones on a cool day, there’s no reason you can’t get your soup fix by whipping up a steamy bowl of goodness of your own. Best of all, making soup at home gives you the opportunity to vamp up the nutrition with your own carefully selected ingredients. Coconut Pumpkin Bisque is a nice soup choice with its coconut-pumpkin collaboration that is both sweet and savory in the same bite, and it delivers a soul-nourishing dose of nutrients. 

Protein Bread

Ketogenic diet plans can be brutal when you have to avoid breads. You don’t realize just how many carbs are in your diet until you have to avoid them. However, filling that craving for bread you have is not quite as difficult as you might think. For example, 3 Ingredient No Carb Sandwich Bread is made using egg whites, Nuzest Just Natural Clean Lean Protein, and psyllium husk. The bread is super easy to whip up and is wonderful when paired with your favorite sandwich-stacking elements. 

Protein In Yogurt 

Pair it with fresh fruit, lace it with whole-grain granola, or simply eat it plain as a healthy snack—yogurt can find a place in your nutrition plan from breakfast until late in the day. Yet, so many commercially available yogurts out there are blended with things like high-fructose corn syrup and artificial ingredients. Plus, if you need to steer clear of dairy, your options are pretty much non-existent, especially if you are looking to get your fill of protein in yogurt each day. Try Best Ever Dairy Free Yogurt made with Nuzest Smooth Vanilla Clean Lean Protein and you’ll never look back. 

Protein Muffins 

Muffins give you sweet and filling day-starter all wrapped up in one easy-to-grab breakfast for days when you barely have time to get your shoes on before walking out the door. Unfortunately, a lot of store-bought muffins are jam-packed with preservatives and all that stuff your body doesn’t need, such as starchy carbs from sugar and excess unhealthy fats. Trade in those empty-calorie muffins for protein muffins like Chocolate Pumpkin Protein Muffins or Six Pack Peanut Butter Muffins made with pea protein, and you get the same sweet-filling day-starter, but it will be injected with a healthy dose of protein and nutrients. 

Protein Pancakes

Pancakes are a go-to breakfast item because they are super filling and yummy, but most pancake recipes are full of sugar and empty carbs. Inject the extra nutrition you need to get off to a healthy start by substituting flour with Nuzest Clean Lean Protein like in the Flourless Pumpkin Protein Pancakes. You get the fulfilling pancakes you crave laced with pea protein, so your breakfast meal does a better job of keeping you energized throughout the day. Plus, you can make the protein pancakes in advance, pop them in the freezer, and reheat them when you need them. 

Protein Cookies

Who doesn’t love cookies? They’re the in-between-meals snack with just enough sweetness and just enough calories to carry you through. If you’re reaching for traditional chocolate chip, pecan shortbread, or sandwich cookies and need a healthier alternative, protein cookies made with pea protein are a good option. No Sugar – Sugar Cookies + Two Ingredient Frosting is gluten-free and made with coconut or maple sugar for sweetness. Plus, the inclusion of Nuzest Smooth Vanilla Clean Lean Protein gives you a healthy dose of protein as well.

no-sugar sugar cookie

Protein Pregnancy Lactation Cookies

During postpartum, lactating mothers need a healthy and steady supply of nutrients to nourish their baby and support the healing process of their own body. It is recommended that breastfeeding moms get around 0.8–1.6 grams per kilogram or 0.5 grams per pound of body weight per day so the protein is best utilized by the body. Fitting in something like No Bake Protein Chocolate Cookies made with Nuzest Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein is going to help you out a lot. Or, you can these No Bake Lactation Protein Balls, which are packed with ingredients that are known to encourage milk production.

You know that your body needs ample amounts of protein. You understand that it helps you build muscle mass, maintain a healthy weight, and keep you energetic. With protein-packed recipes like these, getting your daily dose of protein doesn’t seem so challenging. In fact, it’s easy and quite delicious.

 

References

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-much-protein-per-day
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9155497
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/eat-after-workout
  4. https://www.lactationlab.com/blog/2018/5/17/how-much-protein-does-a-breastfeeding-mom-need

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