#EdibleFacts: Whey Protein

The first month of the new year is nearly over! Have you stuck to your resolution by keeping up with your #FreshStart? Well, if so—we have an ingredient to help you end the month feeling confident in yourself and your commitment to health! And if you haven’t already guessed, it’s whey protein.

The Benefits of Whey 

Whey protein is most well-known for being used by cardio loving, weight lifting, gym goers. One of the reasons whey protein is popular amongst this group is because it helps with muscle recovery and growth post workout. In addition to these two benefits, there are a slew of other advantages to consuming whey protein. For starters, it can aid with weight loss, lowering cholesterol, and reduce blood pressure in those diagnosed with hypertension.

What Sets Whey Apart From Other Superfoods?

Studies show that whey protein can be used as a natural source to help combat anxiety. This is believed because it contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which aids in the production of serotonin. And serotonin is regarded by some researchers to be what stabilizes behavior and mood levels.

How to Get More Whey in Your Diet

The thing about whey protein is that it’s very versatile, which makes it an easy ingredient to work with. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner—there really isn’t any type of recipe you can’t adjust to incorporate the superfood. Give some of these recipes a try! We’re sure you’ll find them to be not only delicious, but easy to prepare as well!

  • Pancakes are a breakfast staple. Slipping in a scoop of protein powder is a simple way to boost the nutritional value. We personally love these Tiramisu Protein Pancakes with Banana Cream Frosting. (YUM!) It’s a perfect recipe for family breakfast on a Saturday morning.

Tiramisu Protein Pancakes with Banana Cream Frosting

  • Another excellent way to have whey protein is to bake some cookies. These oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are a great alternative to the traditional recipes that use high amounts of processed sugar. And the best part is they’re still just as delicious!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Brownie batter overnight protein oatmeal—enough said, are we right? Prepare the recipe in a mason jar for easy transport and storage at work. It’ll be like having dessert in the middle of the day, without all the guilt!

Brownie Batter Overnight Protein Oatmeal

While prepping a protein-packed snack at home is great, we know it might not always fit into your schedule. Don’t forget you can always visit your closest Edible Arrangement® locations where we can make you a freshly crafted smoothie (with a dash of protein) to help you out when you’re busy & on the go!