Everyone realizes how important protein is when it comes to achieving health and fitness goals. It’s the key nutrient that allows the human body to build and maintain muscle mass. It’s also the key nutrient that allows the human body to lose weight. So, no matter what your fitness goals are, you need protein to achieve it. But don’t just slam disgusting protein shakes. Start baking with protein powder!
We have a wide assortment of high protein recipes that will help get you started.
Four Benefits of Baking with Protein Powder
Boost the Nutritional Value – Protein powder isn’t just protein. Baking with protein powder allows you to instantly boost the nutritional value of any recipe. Depending on the nutritional profile of the protein powder you select, you can add a wide assortment of vitamins and minerals to your foods to promote everything from a healthy heart to a healthy digestive system.
Curb Your Appetite – Foods made with protein powder helps you feel fuller, longer. This is especially important aid when it comes to weight loss and watching your calories. Eat less, while enjoying your food more!
Unlimited Meal Prep Ideas – If you’re into meal prepping, then baking with protein powder is an absolute must. Don’t settle for the preservative filled cookies on the shelf of your favorite gas station or supplement shop. Bake your own, healthy, fresh protein-packed baked goods when your meal prep!
It Just Tastes Better – Traditionally, athletes have consumed protein shakes that just taste disgusting. Baking with protein powder has changed the need for disgusting protein shakes. Now, you can enjoy delicious baked goods as opposed to dreading those gross shakes.
Two Keys to Baking with Protein Powder
Substitute Flour with Protein Powder – Baking with protein powder is easy. So, don’t be afraid to give it a shot! The general rule of thumb is that you can substitute 1/3 of the flour that a recipe calls for with protein powder. So, if you just remember 2/3 flour and 1/3 protein powder, the rest of the recipe remains exactly the same. See, simple right?
Keep Taste in Mind – When it comes to baking with protein powder, it’s important to keep the taste of your recipe in mind. Obviously, you don’t want to use a chocolate protein powder in a recipe that doesn’t call for chocolate. You may not even want to use it in a recipe that doesn’t call for chocolate as the chocolate overload could overwhelm your taste buds.
Different protein powders have different tastes. Additives can make proteins taste like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry or almost any other flavor imaginable. On the other hand, organic, plant-based proteins typically have a natural, nutty taste that blends perfectly with peanut butter or chocolate.
Plant-Based Proteins vs. Animal-Based Proteins
Now, we realize that there are a lot of protein powders on the market today. All of which can be used for baking with protein powder. But truth be told, not all of them are created equal. We are obviously fans of plant-based protein powders that are USDA certified. This essentially means that the protein powders are free from potentially harmful additives and chemicals that are commonly found in animal-based protein powders like whey. USDA certified plant-based proteins are at least 95% organic.
USDA certified organic protein powders have an enormous amount of benefits when compared to other protein powders. The main benefit that most people seek and/or enjoy is that plant-proteins are super easy to digest. It’s estimated that approximately 65% of people who use whey protein experience side effects such as bloating or fatigue. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, then you should definitely try plant-based proteins.
Many people believe that animal-based proteins like whey are superior to plant-based proteins. But it really depends on what plant-based protein you compare to whey protein. The plant-based protein most comparable to whey in terms of protein content is pea protein. Pea protein actually offers a higher amount of protein per serving than whey protein.
Three Plant-Based Proteins
When it comes to baking with protein powder, we recommend three organic protein powders: chia, hemp and pea. All three of these plant-based protein powders are complete proteins. Complete proteins are the proteins that contain all nine essential amino acids. The nine essential amino acids are the ones that the human body cannot produce and must receive through proper diet and nutrition. However, all three organic protein powders offer unique benefits.
Chia Protein Powder – Chia protein powder is known for being the original protein powder for baking. When you add chia protein powder with water, it can be used as an egg substitute. And, since so many recipes call for eggs, it can be added to virtually anything. Vegans have long used chia seeds and chia protein as egg replacements. But chia protein isn’t just for vegans anymore.
Hemp Protein Powder – Hemp protein powder is what we refer to as the jack of all trades. Hemp is believed to be the oldest ‘superfood’ in the world. Thousands of years ago, people realized the amazing health benefits of hemp and it hasn’t changed. Hemp has a very good protein content at 50% per serving. It’s also the highest plant-based protein when it comes to fiber content.
Pea Protein Powder – Pea protein powder has the highest protein content of any protein powder – a whopping 80% of protein per serving. When taken in the same serving size as whey, it actually has a higher number of grams of protein per serving. This makes pea protein powder a great choice for those who want to gain muscle or lose weight.