This is a question we’re asked rather often!
Let’s get it out of the way. Unfortunately, the answer’s no.
On its own, protein powder cannot be used as a meal replacement.
But did you catch the important part of that sentence?
On its own’.
That’s because there’s plenty of foods we can add
We’ll show you how!
What Actually is a ‘Meal’?
So it may be helpful to actually figure out what a meal is first. Simply enough, right?
A meal is usually a mixture of different foods that lend themselves to a moderate to high calorie count as well as a mixture of macronutrients and micronutrients.
Put a little more simply, meals usually contain a mixture of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, in addition to all the good stuff like vitamins and minerals.
If we’re lucky, we all usually have several different meals a day, so that means we get a great, diverse range of different vitamins and minerals and cover all our macronutrient bases too.
How is Protein Powder Different?
Protein powder has never aimed to replace meals entirely.
They’re for a different purpose altogether.
They’re designed to get high quality protein into your system fast to support your training and body goals.
As a result, they focus on getting just one of the three macronutrients into your system, unlike meals which have all three. If you’ve got a high quality powder, there may well be some vitamins and minerals in it too, but they certainly won’t be at the levels found in a diverse meal.
So How Can I Use Protein Powder as a Meal Replacement?
The easiest way to use your protein powder as a meal replacement is to break out the blender.
We’re going to create a meal, using protein powder as just one component – but a high quality component at that!
Add the protein into the blender.
Next, to make it a meal, we need to include a form of fat and carbohydrate to go along with the protein.
For carbohydrates, we always like to use fruit. They go well with everything, blend easily and contain loads of good vitamins and minerals. Go for a mix of different fruits to really maximise their benefits.
Pop the fruit into the blender.
Next, we need some healthy fats. We’re suckers for peanut butter, but any nut butter is a good option and you could also opt for avocado, chia seeds or flax seeds.
Put your chosen healthy fats into the blender.
Finally, add some cold liquid, blend and you’re good to go!
Quick and easy, right?
You’ve got a great meal in your hands now, one with high quality ingredients that’ll be digested quickly and easily. The only downside is that, because it’s blended, you may get hungry a little faster than if you ate a normal meal – but we’ve got that covered too.
Can I Use Protein Powder In Meal Recipes?
Another bonus of protein powder is that it works as a component in cooking recipes, just as well as it goes in a blender.
We’ve got your back here. We’ve already built up a huge repository of recipes for you to get stuck into.
Let us know your favourite recipe!