Are you getting enough protein in your diet? Protein is a key nutrient in your diet that helps you build and maintain muscle, regulate your appetite and keep your immune system running strong. Getting your protein from a plant-based source like PB2–which has 4-6 grams of protein per serving–has added benefits such as lowering the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
To stay healthy and strong, experts recommend that you get at least 10% of your daily calorie comes from protein–and that amount should increase if you have an active lifestyle. It can be tricky, however, to remember to fit protein into your daily eating routine. We’ve rounded up a few tips and easy protein-packed recipes to help you get all the protein you need.
Start Your day with protein
Definitely don’t skip breakfast–and make sure that whatever you’re munching on in the mornings has a good source of protein to power up your mornings and start your day right.
- Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Apples
If you crave comfort food in the morning, a warm bowl of Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Apples has the spices and flavors to remind you of your favorite cookies, but is a balanced serving of fruit, whole grains, and of course, plant-based protein. Get the recipe here.
Have a protein-packed snack on hand
When you start feeling hungry, a snack with lots of protein is the perfect trick to curb your cravings. Keeping a healthy protein-packed snack on hand is a great way to make sure that you are fueling your body with a nutritious and delicious snack instead of eating junk food with empty calories.
- No-Bake Skinny Peanut Butter Protein Granola Bar
Make a batch of homemade peanut butter protein granola bars to bring with you to work or the gym or to keep in the fridge for whenever hunger strikes. Making your own protein bars instead of grabbing a processed package from the grocery store only takes a few minutes–and with this no-bake recipe, you don’t even have to turn on the oven. Get the recipe here courtesy of the Kitchen Whisperer.
Sneak protein into your favorite snacks
If your favorite treats aren’t typically full of protein, spruce them up with a helping of PB2 to add a boost to the nutrition and flavor of your afternoon snack. You can sprinkle PB2 on your popcorn, use it to flavor your latte, or sub it out for your favorite dip.
Dip your favorite snacks such as fruit slices, pretzels, crackers or chocolate in PB2 crunchy to elevate your afternoon snack fix into a hearty source of protein. Get the recipe for our Easy Snack Bowl here.
Sip on a protein shake
Subbing out your favorite smoothie or milkshake for protein shake is a delicious and easy way to drink your protein. –There are endless possibilities for protein shakes–just combine your protein powder, favorite juice or milk, and add-ins such as fruit, chocolate, vanilla or any of your favorite flavors to customize your shake to your liking.
- Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake
You can find protein shake recipes that taste like dessert, but provide all the benefits of health food. This Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Shake will satisfy your sweet tooth while providing you with a healthy serving of protein. Get the recipe here courtesy of Domestically Creative.
Include a protein source with every meal
The best way to make sure you are eating enough protein is to include a protein source with every meal of the day. This doesn’t mean you need to prepare a four course meal– easy to prepare stand-bys like a Classic Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich or a Sweet Potato drizzled with PB2 are tasty and easy sources of protein that you can enjoy at any time of the day.
This sweet potato is topped with fresh blueberries and banana, a hearty helping of PB2 Crunch and a drizzle of maple syrup, making it protein-packed superfood that could be a satisfying meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner– and is sweet enough to pass as a healthy dessert. Get the recipe here.