Many of us look forward to our day off from training. In many cases this also falls on our “cheat meal day”. Being dedicated to a healthy, active lifestyle can sometimes get boring. We often feel the need to spice up our diets by indulging in the meals the rest of the population taunts us with on Facebook and Instagram. However, just because you have a cheat day meal doesn’t mean you have to ruin your whole week’s worth of training and dieting. Here are a few meals to start your cheat day off right that are delicious, easy to make and a great way to use that protein powder you thought was only for shakes!
Easy Protein Pancakes:
INGREDIENTS: 1 scoop flavored protein powder of your choice (I use vanilla), 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup egg whites, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
DIRECTIONS: Place ingredients in blender, mix until blended. Pour the mixture onto a non-stick skillet on medium heat. Cook 1-2 minutes on each side (or until golden brown). Top with toppings of your choice.
Protein Packed Yogurt:
INGREDIENTS: 1 scoop strawberry flavored protein powder, 6 oz. plain or vanilla yogurt (fat free or low fat), 1/3 cup Granola for topping
DIRECTIONS: Combine yogurt and protein in a glass or bowl, mix, top with granola (and fruit if you like!)
INGREDIENTS: about 1/2 cup of oats, water, 1/2-1 scoop of protein powder your choice.
DIRECTIONS: Cook oats with a little less water according to directions. Prepare Protein powder with enough water to make it smooth. Once oats are finished cooking, add protein mixture (if oats become too thick or chalky, add more water). Optional- top with fresh fruit.
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