Lean and green vegan protein

The question every vegetarian and vegan dreads: 'Where do you get your protein?!' While the powerful meat industry might want to us to believe that a plant-based diet means vegetarians and vegans are doomed to be weaker and slower, it simply isn't true. If you don't believe me, take a mosey at just some of the Olympic athletes who shun meat, including the only male US weightlifter to qualify for the 2016 Olympics (look at Kendrick's muscles then tell me vegans don't get enough protein)!

Okay, so we might not all be aiming for the Olympics, but protein is necessary for everyone: an essential nutrient, it's responsible for building tissue, cells and muscle, as well as making hormones and antibodies. While most of us will reach our daily requirement by following a healthy, balanced diet, if you do endurance sports or weight training you may find it helpful to increase your protein intake. Whether you're looking for a new recipe for after your next workout, or just want inspiration for a protein-packed snack which will stop your office biscuit cravings, I've shared three healthy recipe ideas using Bio-Synergy Lean and Green protein powder:


Butterscotch protein pancakes

Makes approximately 10 pancakes

Ingredients

2 scoops butterscotch flavour vegan protein

2 scoops self-raising flour

1 scoop porridge oats

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

2½ tablespoon water 

300ml unsweetened almond milk

Method  

Start by mixing the ground flaxseed and water together, then set aside to thicken. 

Mix the protein powder, flour, oats and baking powder together in a large mixing bowl, then pour in the almond milk until the mixture is thick and smooth.

Stir in the flax 'egg'.

Cook on a medium temperature, flipping carefully.

Top with chopped fruit.  

These pancakes are thick, filling and sweet. I had mine topped with mashed banana after a morning workout and felt full right up until lunch time. However, if you fancy pancakes for dessert, this recipe is from the Bio-Synergy website, where they've topped their stack with dairy-free fudge and ice cream!


Butterscotch, cacao and peanut butter protein shake

Makes 2 large glasses

Ingredients

1 scoop butterscotch flavour vegan protein

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup cold water

1 cup ice cubes

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1 tablespoon cacao powder

Method 

Whizz all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. 

Drink straight away while still ice cold. 

I'm not lying when I say if I'm feeling unmotivated this protein shake could convince me to work out: creamy and sweet, it tastes like a butterscotch and peanut butter chocolate bar blended together in a glass. Also, who doesn't love an excuse to eat more peanut butter?!  


Butterscotch and coconut protein bites

Makes 20 balls

Ingredients

1 scoop butterscotch flavour vegan protein

1 cup oatmeal

2/3 cup desiccated coconut 

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 ground flax seed

1/3 cup agave nectar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cacao 

Method

Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until well combined

Place the bowl in the fridge for an hour to let the mixture firm up.

Roll into 1 inch balls. 

I can't believe this is my first time making protein bites at home, despite a rather pricey addiction to the shop-bought versions... The flavours in this recipe blend together really well, which means the protein bites taste lovely and sweet, without any one flavour overpowering the rest. These can also keep in your fridge for up to a week, so are a perfect snack to take to work in case the mid-morning hunger pangs kick in!

As part of a healthy lifestyle and balanced diet, protein powder can be an easy - and tasty! - way to hit your daily protein requirement, or supplement your workouts. However, I should stress that protein powder alone won't get you into shape, especially if you skip the workout and just glug down another glass of butterscotch, cacao and peanut butter milkshake...



Bio-Synergy kindly sent me their Lean and Green vegan protein powder to try, but all thoughts, opinions, and peanut butter addictions are my own.

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