Staying on top of your daily protein intake is essential for those looking to gain or lose weight, gain muscle, or to just simply keep their bodies healthy. Completing this task can sometimes be difficult, but with the help of some easy-to-make protein-packed recipes, you can swiftly reach your goal. From surprisingly delicious desserts to delectable meals, read below to learn about 10 effortless protein-packed recipes.
Cottage cheese functions as a high-protein food that can be easily decorated with other healthy snacks, especially healthy ones that act as a flavorful additive. With roughly 25 grams of protein in cottage cheese, a savory way to spice up this foods’ flavor is to add some bell peppers, tomatoes, pistachios, scallions or cucumbers. With the cucumbers and scallions adding a hint of herb flavor, the tomatoes and bell peppers providing a fresh garden taste and the pistachios giving a much-needed crunch, this protein-packed meal is considered enjoyable in many ways.
With shrimp providing around 24 grams of protein and quinoa with 8, this mouth-watering meal delivers both high protein and flavorful seafood all in one bite. This savory meal is super easy to make, taking only 30 minutes to cook four full servings. To cook this meal, grab some tail-on shrimp, quinoa, chili powder, cayenne, onion, garlic, lemon juice and zest from your local grocery store. Begin by sauteing the shrimp with salt and chili powder, sauteing the onion and garlic, and then stirring in the quinoa and remaining spices. Once garnishing with your favorite spice, sit back and enjoy this delightful food!
From beans, meat and tomatoes, this scrumptious cowboy chili recipe contains a considerable amount of the nutritious protein you need. This heavenly chili will bring joy to both your tummy and your tastebuds, with the generous seasoning of chili powder, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper all over lean ground beef, pinto beans and stewed tomatoes. To make this chili, on medium heat cook some beef, garlic and onion in a saucepan. After stirring until the beef is brown, spoon out the juices, stir in tomatoes, broth, chili powder, cumin, oregano and cayenne pepper. Add in the pinto beans and salt after letting it simmer for an hour, and there you have it – a delightful bowl of cowboy chili!
While this meal may sound a bit unusual, its actually makes for a quite satisfying, protein-packed comfort meal. With a do-able prep time of 10 minutes and a cook time of 30 minutes, this meal combines the comforting flavors of butternut pumpkin, potatoes and steak all into one nutritious bite. To make this creation, steam your potato and pumpkin in a steamer over a pan of simmering water for 12-15 minutes, return the pumpkin and potato to the pan after draining the juices, then add some chili, butter, salt and pepper. For the steak, heat on medium-high for 2-3 minutes on each side, then later add your mustard sauce and let simmer.
This wholesome and refreshing meal contains a whopping 28 grams of protein, working as an easy-to-make meal post-workout. Combined all into one bowl, this recipe calls for the nutritious foods of salmon, brown rice, green beans, bok choy, pickled ginger, spring onions, red chili and mixed seeds. For the main ingredients, steam your vegetables for 4-5 minutes and your salmon for 5-8 minutes in a large steamer, separated into two layers. For the dressing, create a mixture of golden caster sugar, rice vinegar, red chili, 3 juiced limes and sweet soy sauce. Serve with finely chopped spring onions, mixed seeds and pickled ginger.
While eating nourishing meals to fulfill your high-protein intake is a must, there are also delicious and nutritious desserts that can satisfy your sweet tooth. An incredibly simple and mouthwatering dessert option is high-protein peanut butter cups. Made with just smooth peanut butter, vanilla flavored whey protein, dark chocolate chips and coconut oil, this no sugar added treat is completed after being poured into muffin liners and chilled in the fridge. Thankfully, your protein journey can still fulfill your sweet tooth too.
At first glance, this dessert might appear as anything but healthy. Surprisingly, this 4 ingredient parfait consists of a mouthwatering 31 grams of protein! To satisfy your late-night cravings, gather the manageable ingredients of non-fat greek yogurt, sugar free chocolate pudding cups, Oreo Thins and sugar free cool whip lite. Combine together into one putting cup based on your own preference, and serve!
With just 100 calories and 7 grams of protein in each bite, these smore’s protein bites are the healthy bite-sized sweet treat you are looking for. This recipes’ simple ingredients include graham cracker crumbs, rolled oats, protein powder, marshmallow bits or mini marshmallows, chocolate chips and your choice of milk. Making this dessert is easy. Mix your dry ingredients into a bowl and slowly add your milk. Once the mixture resembles the texture of cookie dough, divide your protein balls into 8 pieces, smooth with your fingers and serve on parchment paper. They can also be chilled as a snack for later!
If you are more of the fruity dessert type, this protein berry crumble is the perfect protein-packed treat for you. To make this ambrosial gem-filled dessert, begin by placing your desired berries into a small oven dish with a sprinkle of Stevia on top after pre-heating your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Mix together protein powder, oats, lemon juice and chopped almonds. Bake for 15 minutes after setting the crumble on top, and enjoy!
You can never go wrong with the classic brownie. Known as one of the easiest baked desserts, this brownie recipe is even more beneficial due to its 6 ingredients of chocolate protein powder, applesauce or bananas, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and the nut butter of your choosing. With a brownie like this, it is similar to “grabbing a post-workout energy bar.”
Getting your daily protein gains in can be a swift task with these mouth-watering recipes. Combining the delicious taste of these protein-enriched foods is worth it when it comes to fulfilling your sweet tooth, hunger and your body’s nutrients.