Tunde Oyeneyin’s Favorite Protein Powder Pancakes, Smoothies

  • Peloton trainer Tunde Oyeneyin said plant protein powder is key to her post-workout routine.
  • She said using almond milk and fruit can turn a protein shake into a delicious treat.
  • Her favorite protein dish is a batch of healthy protein pancakes.

Star Peloton trainer Tunde Oyeneyin said getting enough protein is key to maximizing the benefits of your training, and a few simple hacks can make protein powder seem like a delicious treat.

“Your recovery is just as important, if not more important than training,” he told Insider. “For my post-workout routine, my passion is plant-based protein.”

Protein is an essential nutrient for building muscle as well as keeping you satisfied after meals. While nutritionists recommend getting most of your protein from whole foods, shakes and supplements can be a convenient way to add more nutrients to your diet.

Oyeneyin said having a consistent routine, including post-workout protein, helps her stay in shape. She said she previously lost 70 pounds (and kept it off) by changing her mindset and building healthy habits. Oyeneyin shared details of this journey in her memoir, Speak.

She recently joined Optimum Nutrition as a brand ambassador for Gold Standard 100% plant-based protein, which she says is her daily staple.

“Creamy vanilla is my favorite flavor. It’s always in my gym bag,” she said.

If you have time for creative protein powder tweaks, you can add ingredients like fresh fruit and nuts for an even more delicious boost.

Almond milk is the secret to making a protein shake feel like a treat, she said

Oyeneyin said that while she usually mixes her protein powder with water on the go, she takes every opportunity to add almond milk for a creamier texture.

One of her typical fiber smoothies includes almond milk, blueberries and spinach.

Oyeneyin said she is not a vegetarian and includes foods like shrimp salad and chicken in her typical meals, but said getting plenty of plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, including protein from sources like beans helps her perform better.

“I listen to my body and I like the way my body feels when I include more plants,” she said.

Her favorite indulgent recipe is protein pancakes

With a little time and a few extra ingredients, you can use protein powder for a twist on a classic brunch.

“If I have time and I really want to treat myself, I make protein pancakes,” Oyeneyin said.

Pancakes contain 17 grams of protein and 120 calories per serving.

Oyeneyin’s recipe, which comes from Optimum nutrition, calls for:

  • ½ banana
  • 1 scoop of Gold Standard Plant Creamy Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • toppings such as blueberries and nuts;

To make the pancakes, mix all the ingredients except the toppings until smooth. Pour 1/4 cup batter into a hot, nonstick skillet. Cook until golden brown, flip and repeat on the other side.

Add your favorite toppings and dig in.

“It’s great because you want to keep eating them and you’re just getting more protein,” Oyeneyin said.

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