There’s an unbelievable amount of stuff that’s being said, written & spoken about protein powders. I ignored the cacophony for quite some time now but when I learnt I have a slight protein deficiency & since I started working out regularly, I’ve found the need to supplement my intake with that extra boost.
Now I’m suspicious of these store-bought powders that come with so many complications & I’ve heard enough horror stories to completely put me off them. So I checked with our trainer – thankfully, he’s one of those who don’t endorse anything that’s not natural – who endorsed my views. I then did a lot of reading online & so did the husband, since he’s been working out religiously he also wanted some insight into this, we learnt that making your own protein powder is really easy. Win! As it was the first time that we were doing this, we didn’t want to add any flavours to it. But what I did do is roast each ingredient to bring out its flavours & also to increase its shelf life. A spoonful of this to any smoothie or juice, even a soup, can really boost the nutritional value. A lot of these ingredients are also rich in fibre, amino acids, anti-oxidants & the likes, so it makes for a real powerhouse of energy.
Here are some of the main ingredients that this protein powder has:
Flax seeds: Are full of essential fats & are also used in eggless baking to replace eggs
Chia seeds: Yes, they’re completely hipster but these little ones are also packed with all the good stuff!
Hemp seeds: They’re from the cannabis family but they won’t ‘elevate’ your mood! These seeds are said to be a great source of protein, amino acids & iron (since I’ve been anaemic most of my life, me thinks this is a great addition to the mix)
Pumpkin seeds: Has a lovely nutty flavour & a high amount of protein. Score!
Almonds: Packed with all the good stuff & leads to awesome skin too
Sunflower seeds: Apart from protein, they are also a good source of dietary fibre, vitamins & minerals
Vegan protein powder
1/4 cup of flax seeds
2 tbsp almonds
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
4 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tsp sesame seeds
And here’s how you make the protein powder:
Dry roast each of these ingredients, yes, you’ll have to do this separately because each of them takes a different amount of time to roast. Just be sure not to overdo this step because you don’t want to burn any of them.
Once that is done, allow all of it to cool down & then grind into a powder.
Store this in an air-tight container. It should last about a week or two in a cool, dry place.
Add a heaped spoonful of this to smoothies, soups or even your daily cereal. There you cake it, goodness minus the chemicals!
*If you want to flavour the mix, then add some raw cocoa powder or matcha powder to this. Even a generous pinch of cinnamon will do!
*Since this mix has chia seeds, whatever you make with it – particularly smoothies & soups – consume it immediately as the chia will thicken it considerably
*You can add a spoonful of these to an overnight oats mix, top with milk/yogurt & let it rest in the fridge overnight. the next morning, sweeten it with some maple syrup, top with fruits & there, you have a delicious, nutritious breakfast ready!