3 Wheys to Use USN Protein

When it comes to hitting macros, protein is probably the most difficult of the three targets to meet and requires some forward planning (read my post on macro tracking here) - there's only so many slices of turkey bacon one girl can consume in a day. That's where protein powder comes in, but if you're anything like me, you'll go through it faster than you can say "pay day". Caramel popcorn flavour Pure Protein GF-1 is one of the best I've tasted but it is a little on the pricey side.*

Enter USN's new Dynamic Whey protein - it's part of their Essentials range, designed to make premium quality nutrition available at a more affordable price. The resealable foil packaging is similar to other protein brands I've used in the past and probably pays a large part in reducing the cost, along with the simplistic USN branding. As for the product itself, I find the chocolate flavour to be much sweeter (ideal for curbing sugar cravings) with a slightly grainier texture than other powders.

Traditionally, protein powders are consumed in shake form with milk or water, for a quick and convenient way to refuel after a workout. I'm here to show you that that's not the only, or even the best whey (sorry not sorry) to use it! There's so many different ways you can incorporate protein powder into your diet. Search the internet and you'll find dozens of recipes including some epic brownies and cupcakes, but these are my three favourite easy protein recipes...

Caramel Popcorn Protein Pancakes

1 scoop USN GF-1 Caramel Popcorn flavour
1 medium banana
2 eggs

Add all the ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth, pour into a heated frying pan and let it cook til you start to see bubbles on top. Flip your pancake until the other side cooks et voila! A super soft, fluffy pancake full of flavour and delicious with almond butter spread on top. Even better with a chocolate protein bar melted in the middle!

Chocolate Almond Butter Proats

40g porridge oats
20g almond butter
1 scoop USN Essentials Dynamic Whey (chocolate flavour)
Toppings of your choice!

My favourite pre-workout breakfast! Mix the porridge oats with just enough cold water to cover them and pop in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't overflow. Stir in the almond butter and then slowly fold (don't stir!) the chocolate Dynamic Whey in. I've found that if you stir the powder in it goes lumpy - folding it gives a much smoother texture! Then you can add literally anything you like - bananas, berries and Reese's peanut butter cups are just a few of my favourite toppings!

Banana & Caramel Popcorn Protein Smoothie

1 scoop USN GF-1 Caramel Popcorn flavour
200ml almond milk
1 large banana

Blend it up! It doesn't get simpler than this. Adding a banana to your shake gives you a carb hit along with the protein which is ideal for post-workout snacking. Your muscles use up glycogen stores as fuel for exercise so high GI carbs will replenish this quickly while the protein provides essential amino acids to build and repair the damaged muscle tissue. Add a spoon of peanut butter if you want to get those fats in too!

*The lovely folk at USN have given me an exclusive discount code for Dinner Stories readers so you can try out these recipes yourself - enter CHB50 at checkout for 50% off full price protein and supplements!

USN kindly sent me the chocolate flavour Dynamic Whey Protein in exchange for an honest review. As always all opinions are my own and 100% genuine.

1 comment:

  1. Holy crap, that pancake with the protein bar in it looks amazing...

    Sarah @ Mass Gain Source