Protein powder is great if you're doing resistance training and want an easy way to get more protein into your diet, but it's often quite boring to have the same old protein shake, pancake or overnight oats. The 'dry scoop' trend that's been doing the rounds on TikTok, in which people mainline raw protein powder, has been decried by medical experts – but people are still looking for new and exciting ways to consume protein powder.
There are many different varieties of protein powders available, from vegan options like pea and hemp protein to whey and casein (milk-based) powders.
Cassey Ho is the face behind the fitness brand Blogilates (opens in new tab) and the creator of perhaps the easiest protein powder recipe ever – high protein kettle corn.
Ho took to Instagram, where she has over 2 million followers, to share a video on how she makes her ‘county fair vibes’ post workout snack.
The fitness star simply microwaves a bag of microwavable popcorn then mixes in a scoop of vanilla protein powder before serving up - we weren’t kidding when we said it was simple.
Watch the Instagram video below to find out how to make protein popcorn:
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Blogilates fans are used to Ho sharing quick and easy workout hacks and recipes on her various platforms but this particular hack attracted a lot of attention in the comments section of the post.
One user said, “WHAAAT my mind is blown, definitely trying this!!!” while another said, “I love seeing the snacks you come up with so clever!!”
The Blogilates founder uses a vegan protein powder with her kernels, but according to her caption any flavoured protein powder should work well with a salty bag of microwaveable popcorn.
She says, “The snack is perfect post workout because you get carbs to help replenish your glycogen stores and protein to help rebuild muscles.” She adds that you should enjoy this while drinking plenty of water too.
Personal Trainer, Scott Laidler (opens in new tab), emphasises that consuming protein is essential for muscle repair and recovery. Taking part in strength training will raise the demand for protein and an adequate amount of protein needs to be consumed to facilitate the recovery and growth process.
Eating popcorn everyday as a way to up your protein intake isn’t best advised as variety is important in a healthy diet. However, there are other ways to incorporate a good level of protein into your training.
Laidler says ,“A protein shake following exercise could offer a useful behavioural habit to help ensure an individual achieves their target protein intake for the day.”
A protein shake is easy to prepare and a shaker with some dry protein will fit snugly in your gym bag alongside your best water bottle. Simply mix as soon as you're done for an instant protein shake.
Jessica is an experienced fitness writer with a passion for running. Her career in journalism began in local news and she holds a Masters in journalism. Jessica has previously written for Runners World, penning news and features on fitness, sportswear and nutrition.
When she isn't writing up news and features for Fit&Well covering topics ranging from muscle building, to yoga, to female health and so on, she will be outdoors somewhere, testing out the latest fitness equipment and accessories to help others find top products for their own fitness journeys. Her testing pairs up nicely with her love for running. She recently branched out to running 10Ks and is trying to improve her time before moving on to larger races. Jessica also enjoys building on her strength in the gym and is a believer in health and wellness beginning in the kitchen. She shares all of this on her running Instagram account @jessrunshere which she uses for accountability and for connecting with like-minded fitness lovers.
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