Because they make every morning better.
½ ripe banana
4 large strawberries
1 scoop Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Banana Cream Whey protein powder
1. Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl, mashing the banana and strawberry. For thinner pancakes, blend the ingredients together.
2. Pour on a greased skillet and cook on medium-high for about 2-3 minutes per side. Be careful when you flip them as the pancakes can be delicate if you blended the batter.
3. Add your favorite toppings — I used coconut oil as butter, maple syrup, and sliced strawberries.
Oatmeal with fruit (17g per bowl)
Oatmeal is a wonderful way to take in your recommended daily whole grains. Adding protein powder means you’ll get both fiber and protein so you’ll stay satisfied all morning long.
1 cup cooked steel cut oats (can prepare these the night before and refrigerate)
¾ cup of fruits of your choice
2 tablespoons real maple syrup, divided [cut in half or omit to reduce sugar content*]
1 scoop Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Delicious Strawberry Whey protein powder
½ cup organic, skimmed milk (can sub almond, hemp or soy milk)
Cinnamon, to taste
*optional add-ons: hemp seeds, flax seed, chopped nuts
1. Grab seasonal fruits of you choice and make a puree (optional)
2. In a separate bowl combine milk, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, dash cinnamon and 1 full scoop protein powder. Whisk until smooth and combined.
3. Stir fresh fruit into mixture
4. Stir oats into the milk mixture until blended. Divide oats evenly between two bowls.
5. If you prepared your oats the night before, microwave the oats for 40-45 seconds until heated through.
6. Garnish oatmeal with remaining fruit
Rice Krispie Treats (8g per bar)
The ideal snack-to-go and a low cal high protein dessert that will work towards your protein quota.
4 cups brown rice crisps (or classic Rice Krispies)
½ cup all-natural peanut butter (almond butter also works), partially melted
½ cup brown rice syrup
3 scoops of Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Cake Batter Whey protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1. Grease a 9-inch by 9-inch pan with coconut oil or line it with parchment paper. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl, mix together melted peanut butter, brown rice syrup, protein powder and vanilla until it forms a dough consistency.
3. Add brown rice crisps to the peanut butter mixture. Use your hands to gently fold the rice crisps into the mixture. Then, pour mixture into the pan.
4. Using a spatula, spread mixture out evenly and press into pan so the bars are compact.
5. Place into freezer for at least 30 minutes
6. Before serving or storing, use a sharp knife to cut your treats into squares.
Now for lunch…
This may be a favorite; or just another excuse to eat pizza.
Pizza with protein dough (28g for two thin crust pizzas)
Egg whites- 1/2 cup
Pea Protein (Brown rice powder works too)- 10g
Optimum Nutrition unflavored whey protein powder- 1/4 cup
Rolled oats (Gluten free works better)- 3/8 cup
Salt and pepper- to taste
Any toppings you may want on your pizza
1. Using a hand-held blender or food processor, blend all the ingredients together until you get a thick pancake-like batter.
2. Heat a nonstick pan, and add a teaspoon of coconut oil or some low-calorie cooking oil/spray. Turn the heat to high until your oil begins to sizzle.
3. Add 1/2 of the batter to the pan, spreading it on the surface of the pan thinly with a spatula. Turn the heat down to medium to ensure your crust cooks evenly and doesn’t burn.
4. Once the bottom of the crust has cooked, flip it.
5. Remove the crust from the pan and add your toppings. Begin with tomato paste, and then add your choice of topping. Finish by topping with cheese.
6. Place the crust with all of your toppings under the grill or oven broiler for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the pizza looks done. That’s it. Enjoy
No meal is complete without dessert… well, not when it has protein in it. Here’s how you sneak protein into your next treat without feeling guilty.
Chocolate Banana Protein Mug Cake (21g per Mug Cake)
Not only does this require no culinary skill in the least, but it is prepared in the microwave; and in less that 5 minutes, you got a whopping serving of macros.