Smoothies are great, but if you’re drinking them every day, they can get pretty boring. That’s probably why so many food bloggers, nutritionists, and fitness enthusiasts have experimented with using protein powder to make all kinds of other foods, too. And while these recipes are all undoubtedly tasty, it’s not always super clear whether extra protein is truly necessary in your daily diet.
According to Melissa Buczek Kelly, RD, CDN, and owner of MBK Nutrition & Wellness
, protein supplementation can be especially helpful for people who work out a lot and are highly active. While she generally recommends that people get the majority of their protein intake from real, whole foods, she says these supplements definitely also have their place. Just be careful not to take it too far. Though the protein-laden donuts and peanut butter cups that lie ahead might be tempting to go overboard on, it’s best to reserve protein powder for just one to two meals or snacks per day, says Katie Kissane, RD, and owner of My Nutrition Coach
. Protein Packed Granola Bars
These yummy treats created by Pickles & Honey
are basically the healthy, filling version of Rice Krispie Treats. With crispy rice cereal, oats, flax seeds, and all kinds of other healthy stuff, these are an amazing on-the-go snack when you don’t have time to stop and grab food.