Protein substitutes for sweets – more muscle and less fat
Many of us love sweets and often lose control while eating them. The best option is not to give them up but to replace them with a much healthier version with less sugar, more protein, and healthy fats. Below we have listed a number of alternatives that you will surely enjoy without a guilty conscience.
Protein Bars: There are numerous protein bars available in the market with different flavors. Look for those that are lower in sugar and high in protein preferably over 50%.
Greek Yogurt Parfait: Toss Greek yogurt with fresh berries, honey, and granola for a delicious, protein-rich dessert. Alternatives to Greek yogurt are “skyr” and cottage cheese.
Protein Smoothie: Blend your favorite protein powder with milk, a banana, and a tablespoon of nut butter for a creamy, sweet protein shake. If you avoid cow’s milk, you can use almond milk.
Cottage cheese with fruit: Mix cottage cheese with chopped pineapple, peaches, or berries. The natural sweetness of the fruit complements the protein in this cheese.
Protein Pancakes: Make pancakes using protein-rich ingredients like cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, or protein powder. You can see our recipe for protein pancakes here.
Chia Seed Pudding: Make a sweet chia seed pudding by mixing chia seeds with milk of your choice, protein powder of your choice, and natural sweeteners like honey (if you want less sugar and calories per serving, use liquid sweetener instead of honey)
Protein Ice Cream: Make protein ice cream by mixing protein powder with frozen bananas and almond milk.
Protein Cookies: Bake homemade cookies using protein powder, oatmeal, and nut butter. Sweeten them with natural sweeteners like honey. Since protein powders have sweeteners in them, honey may be overkill. It’s up to you to adjust to your taste.
Protein balls: Mix protein powder with nut butter and oatmeal, then roll into bite-sized balls.
Quark Cheese or Ricotta Cheese Dessert: Make a sweet dessert by mixing quark or ricotta cheese with vanilla extract and a little honey. Top it with fresh fruit or pieces of dark chocolate.
These protein alternatives to sweets not only satisfy cravings but also provide essential nutrients and keep you feeling full thanks to protein and healthy fats. Take care of the portion size because our body can absorb up to 40g of protein per meal.