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The summer is the season of being on the go, which can make it more of a challenge to ensure you’re getting a healthy balance of nutrients throughout your day — but if you can at least attempt to meet your protein needs, then you’ll be helping your body to steady its energy, hunger, and blood-sugar levels, among other benefits.

For speed and ease, leveraging a quality protein powder is one of our dietitian teams’ go-to strategies. We’re consistently creating new recipes and trying new ways of incorporating it into dishes — and what’s making that even more fun right now is that we have two new protein powder flavors to play with: LTH Strawberry Cream Whey Protein and LTH Raspberry-Lemon Cake Vegan Protein.

Try some of our favorite recipes that can serve as a convenient option and that feature these two perfect-for-summer flavors.

Shakes

Strawberry Shortcake Shake

Makes one serving
Prep time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 to 10 oz. unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tbs. unsweetened sunflower butter
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • ½ medium banana
  • 1 serving LTH Strawberry Cream Whey Protein Powder
  • 3 to 5 ice cubes
  • Optional garnishes: unsweetened yogurt and crushed gluten-free graham crackers

Directions

  1. If using the optional garnishes: Rim a glass with yogurt and then dip in crushed graham crackers.
  2. Blend all other ingredients until smooth and pour into the garnished (or an ungarnished) glass.

Nutritional info | Calories: 350 | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14g | Carbs: 34g

Neapolitan Shake

Makes one serving
Prep time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Nutritional info | Calories: 330 | Protein: 40g | Fat: 9g | Carbs: 22g

Lemon-Berry Cupcake Shake

Makes one serving
Prep time 5 minutes

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Nutritional info | Calories: 260 | Protein: 22g | Fat: 9g | Carbs: 25g

Snacks

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Squares

Makes 16 squares
Prep time 5 hours, 15 minutes (including 5 hours refrigeration or freezer time)

Ingredients

  • For the Crust
    • 5 oz. gluten-free graham crackers, crushed
    • ½ coconut oil, melted
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • For the Filling
  • For the Garnish (optional)
    • ½ oz. freeze-dried strawberries, crushed

Directions

  1. Line an 8×8 dish with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together the crust ingredients and press into the dish and chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
  3. In a high-powered blender or food processor, mix the filling ingredients until well incorporated and smooth. Pour over the chilled
  4. Place the dish in a freezer for at least three hours.
  5. When ready to serve, move to the refrigerator until soft enough to slice (about 30 to 60 minutes). If using the garnish, sprinkle on top of the bars just prior to serving.
  6. Store any extra servings in the freezer for up to two weeks. Before serving, pull out of the freezer and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes so it’s soft enough to slice through.

Nutritional info (per bar) | Calories: 180 | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Carbs: 8g

Raspberry-Lemon Cake Energy Bites

Makes 17 bites
Prep time

Ingredients

  • ½ cup gluten-free oats, pulsed in a blender until broken up
  • 5 scoops LTH Raspberry-Lemon Cake Vegan Protein Powder
  • 3 tbs. chia seeds
  • 1 tbs. lemon juice, plus zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 5.4 oz. can coconut cream
  • Optional garnishes: ½ oz. freeze-dried raspberries, crushed and extra pulsed gluten-free oats

Directions

  1. Mix the pulsed oats, protein powder, and chia seeds together in a large bowl.
  2. Add the lemon juice and lemon zest to the bowl. Then, add the vanilla extract and coconut cream to the bowl. Mix well until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  3. Roll into ¾-inch balls. If using the garnish, roll the balls in the crushed, freeze-dried raspberries and pulsed oats.
  4. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

Nutritional info (per bite) | Calories: 55 | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Carbs: 3g

Bonus! Strawberry Ice Cream Ninja Creami Recipe

Makes one serving
Prep time 15 minutes, plus overnight freeze time

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine the milk or milk alternative, protein powder, and Life Greens until well-mixed. Add to the Ninja Creami container and freeze overnight.
  2. The next day, when frozen, remove the container from the freezer and pour an extra splash of milk or milk alternative on top.
  3. Place the container into the Ninja Creami and use the “ice cream” feature to mix until smooth.
  4. Stop the machine, scoop a hole in the center of the ice cream mixture, and add half of the diced strawberries along with a small splash of milk or milk alternative.
  5. Use the “ice cream” feature again to blend once again until creamy and smooth.
  6. Top with the remaining strawberries and enjoy.

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