Protein is making its presence known as more people try and increase their protein intake in new and various ways. As reported by the Inquisitr, protein coffee is becoming more popular. One look at the more than 12 million images and videos using the #protein hashtag on Instagram reveals all the reasons why people are falling hard for protein — and the positive effects that protein can have on the body.
However, die-hard fitness fiends look for even more ways to pack more protein into every meal. Nola notes that older athletes may need even more protein than younger athletes. As such, it can become a sort of fun game to discover ways to increase the protein intake with every meal in ways that aren’t boring — and don’t involve purely tons of chicken or protein powder with each meal.
Protein pancakes can be made to look positively delicious on social media, even if they don’t necessarily taste the same as the regular wheat pancakes, buttermilk pancakes or the hotcakes found at popular eateries. Instead of using normal pancake mix, the protein pancakes generally involve using protein powder as an ingredient — along with egg whites, which give the pancakes even more protein content.
Protein pancakes are becoming so popular that grocery stores are beginning to sell protein pancake mix next to the protein powders in the “healthy” section of many stores.
Protein shakes are still a good old standby when it comes to consuming protein in liquid form on the run.
However, the options for protein shakes are expanding as well. Gone are the days when chalky protein blends were a person’s only choice for a protein drink. The shelves of health-conscious stores now contain a plethora of protein shakes — some that are cold-pressed and replete with greenery — giving protein drinkers many options beyond necessitating the creation of protein shakes at home.
Protein ice cream is another very popular and growing field. Those who love the cold and creamy taste of ice cream — but don’t want excess calories and fat — are turning to brands like Halo Top and Arctic Zero to fill their sweet tooth needs and stay on their healthy eating plans.
Not to be outdone by protein ice cream, protein brownies are emerging as well — either in store-bought form or via those who bake up their own protein brownie recipes and post the delectable-looking photos on social media.
The sugar content in the protein brownies is usually reduced, with sweeteners like Stevia or other substitutes used in its place.
Other healthier ingredients in place of vegetable oil and butter are generally found in such recipes, with foods like bananas and peanut butter used to mimic the creamy texture of more fattening ingredients.
The standard protein bars are as popular as ever, with the #proteinbar hashtag enjoying more than 275,000 posts on Instagram.
The choices of protein bar flavors have increased, including the options of getting protein bars whose source of protein comes from beef — as well as many other plant-based protein bar options.
Protein cheesecake is even a thing now, with people continuing to find ways to substitute protein powder in standard recipes that offer more protein bang for their recipe buck.
As the fitness industry shows no signs of slowing down, expect protein to keep popping up in more and more unique recipes and foods that have been favorites for years.
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