Protein is key in a balanced diet, and you can easily add some to every meal even if meat isn’t on the menu. Today in the TK test kitchen, we tested three ways to add protein at breakfast, lunch, and even for dessert! It is recommended that women consume 90g of protein daily and these delicious ideas will get you started thinking outside the box for your daily protein intake. Watch below on Facebook Live and keep reading for the full recipes.
Breakfast: Almond Butter + Cinnamon-Honey Topping
Start your day with a protein-packed breakfast that doesn’t involve eggs or bacon! If you have a sweet tooth, this is the breakfast for you. Try adding this Almond Butter + Cinnamon Honey Topping to your favorite pancake recipe or mix it into hot oatmeal. Each tablespoon of Justin’s Almond Butter provides 7g of protein which will help to keep you feeling full. We used it on buckwheat pancakes, but it’s also a great complement to our Kefir Cinnamon Oat Pancakes if you prefer a gluten-free pancake. Don’t forget to top your pancakes and oatmeal with antioxidant-rich fruits like raspberries and blueberries.
Combine 1 tbsp almond butter with 1tbs honey and a pinch of cinnamon. If you prefer a more syrupy topping, add a little extra honey or some warm water.
Lunch: Greek Orzo Salad with Edamame
A common misconception about protein is that it usually means meat. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are plenty of delicious plant-based proteins that you can add to any salad to increase the protein content. We took some leftover orzo salad and added our shelled edamame to refresh it for lunch. The olives are rich in monounsaturated fat and the peppers are good sources of vitamin C and beta-carotene. If you’re looking for an orzo salad recipe, we suggest trying our Greek Pasta Salad or our Chicken Souvlaki Bowl. Both work well as leftovers for lunch the next day.
Treat: Triple Chocolate Protein Balls
We’re convinced that protein balls are the new, healthy sugar cookie. If you’re craving something sweet, have a protein ball for a guilt-free treat even on the go! We used our Terra’s Kitchen Nutrient-Rich Protein Powder in this recipe, but if you need a non-dairy option, try using a hemp, soy or even pea protein. The dark chocolate (we recommend using 72% dark chocolate) and cocoa powder in this recipe will make sure these taste great. Pair with a glass of wine to get even more antioxidants and flavonoids which are an approved part of a Mediterranean diet when used in moderation! (For another variation on this recipe, try rolling your protein balls in matcha powder.)
What you need:
¼ cup almond butter
½ cup dark chocolate chips, finely chopped
¾ cup TK Chocolate Protein Powder
2 tablespoons cocoa powder, plus more for rolling (optional)
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon flax seed
What to do:
In the bowl of a food processor, add all the ingredients. Pulse until the mixture just comes together. Prepare a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Take a heaping tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball then place the balls on the sheet pan. After the balls have set for a few hours, roll in the cocoa powder.
Use our Terra's Kitchen Nutrient-Rich Protein Powder in this recipe or use it in your favorite smoothie. Choose from Chocolate or Vanilla flavors.