Many people think that when they go on a diet of any kind, they will have to give up food that tastes good. Actually, there are all kinds of delicious foods that can be enjoyed by dieters. This is also true for people who are on high protein diets.
Like many diets, high protein diets allow you to eat a number of times throughout the day, with three meals and three or more snacks. Here you will find some delicious high protein recipes to get you through the entire day, from breakfast right through to your bedtime snack.
Prepare Meals With Protein Supplements
If you are looking for ways to add more protein to your diet, there are plenty of protein supplements on the market today. Many powdered supplements are available unflavored and can be incorporated into a number of your favorite recipes.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you energy to start your day off right, and when you feel fuller, you get more accomplished. Unfortunately, many people don’t have time in the morning and tend to skip breakfast frequently. Here is a recipe for a high protein meal replacement shake that you can take on the road with you, and it only takes a couple of minutes to make.
High Protein Banana/Strawberry/Pineapple Breakfast Shake
– 1 Banana, sliced
– 1/2 C Frozen Strawberries
– 1/2 C Fresh or Canned Pineapple
– 1 C Skimmed Milk
– 2 Scoops Fruit Flavored Protein Powder
Mix ingredients in blender and pour into a take-along cup with a built-in straw.
Usually about half-way between breakfast and lunch, people start to feel a bit hungry and need a little bit of a pick-me-up. For a tasty and protein-rich mid-morning snack, enjoy a handful of unsalted almonds, peanuts, or cashews with some water, diet soda, or herbal/green tea sweetened with a teaspoon of honey. Or try this deliciously sour, protein-rich slushie:
Protein Powered Super-Sour Slushie
– 1/2 C Frozen Strawberries
– 1/2 C Frozen Raspberries
– 1 C Sugar-Free Lemonade
– 2 Scoops of Fruit or Berry Flavored Protein Powder, or for a really sour slushie, add one Raspberry Protein Shot (or whatever your favorite flavor is…try different shots for amazing flavor combinations)
– 1 C Ice
Mix ingredients in a blender or personal smoothie maker, and enjoy this protein-rich slushie. Kids will love this too, especially if you add some lemon juice to make it even more sour! If you are serving this to kids, cut back on the protein by half (or more, if you are using protein shots).
Now that you have an hour to sit down and enjoy a warm meal that will get you ready to tackle the afternoon, you need to find one that is quick, tasty, and loaded with protein and other essential vitamins and nutrients. Here is a recipe for a delicious lunch that is terrific for those cold winter days, and it only takes a few minutes to make. You can even bring the ingredients to work and put them in the fridge until you’re ready to heat them up at lunch.
Protein-Packed Poultry Soup
This is a tasty soup you can make ahead and put in a thermos to take to work with you.
– 1 Can Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
– 1/2 C Cubed Chicken, cooked
– 1/2 C Egg or Rice Noodles
– 1/4 C Frozen Mixed Vegetables
– 2 Scoops Unflavored Protein Powder
– Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Salt and Pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients with seasonings, and heat until noodles are soft and vegetables are heated through.
Just like the mid-morning, many people start to feel their stomachs rumble around mid-afternoon. Because it is so close to dinner time, it isn’t a good idea to eat anything heavy, but a tasty snack rich in protein will help to get you through the rest of the afternoon.
Peanut Butter/Trail Mix Protein Bars
– 1 C Crunchy Peanut Butter
– 2/3 C Applesauce
– 2 C Packed Brown Sugar
– 3 Eggs
– 1 C Flour, minus 2 Tbsp
– Tsp Salt
– 1 Tsp Vanilla
– 2 Scoops Protein Powder
– 1/2 C Chocolate Chips
– 1/2 C Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
– 1/2 C Unsalted Pumpkin Seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together well, and spread into a greased, 9X13 cake pan. Bake for 35 minutes, or until center springs back when you touch it. Cool, and cut into bars. To turn these into high protein dessert bars to enjoy after dinner, mix 1 C icing sugar and 2 Tsp. (or so) water, and ice the bars. Then, melt chocolate chips and a teaspoon or so of vegetable oil, and drizzle on top of icing. These bars are high in fat, so eat them in small servings.
After a long day at work, probably the last thing you want to do is come home and make dinner. What if there was a delicious, high-protein dinner all ready and waiting for you when you get home? Below is an awesome slow cooker recipe that will cook while you are out. Gather your ingredients before you go to bed, and throw them in the slow cooker before you head off to work.
High Protein Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken or Beef Stew
– 2 Cans Low Sodium Cream of Chicken or Beef Soup
– Enough Water to equal 2 cans of soup
– Boneless Chicken Breast or Lean Stewing Beef, Cubed
– Potatoes, cubed in water, set aside in refrigerator
– 1 C Frozen Vegetables
– Fresh Garlic and Onions
– Salt, Pepper, Other Seasonings, to taste
Combine soup, water, chicken, and seasonings in slow cooker. Cook on low for seven or eight hours. When you get home from work, add potatoes (drain the water) and vegetables, and cook for another half hour or so on high. Serve with a slice of French bread, toasted with garlic butter. If you want, you can also add dumplings in the last half hour of cooking, but if you do, skip the bread.
For a tasty, protein-rich bedtime snack that won’t make you feel full, try this fun treat you used to enjoy when you were a kid:
– 6 Whole Grain Crackers, unsalted
– 3 Tsp Chunky Peanut Butter
– 3 Banana slices
Spread one teaspoon of peanut butter on each of three crackers. Place banana slices on top, and top with remaining crackers