While you all were celebrating Christmas, I hopped a flight to Kauai! I’ll be here for about 9 days, so of course I packed some protein powders. And this is a big birthday trip for me, so of course I’ll be baking! In case you’ve never done it, here are a few tips for traveling with protein powder.
1. You can bring it in your carry-on or in your checked baggage. I almost always fly with a shaker bottle containing (dry) protein powder. It’s never a problem. I have also brought ziplock bags of protein powder in my carry-on, and that has always been fine. For this trip I brought 4 bags of protein powder (I’m headed somewhere else after my stay in Kauai!) and I put them all in my checked luggage. I did find a notice in my bag from the TSA that my bag was opened and checked, but the powders were all still there. I have no idea if the prescreen looked alarming because of the powder or if the search was random. Either way, everything arrived as packed!
2. You can use it for more than a shake, even when you’re traveling. In case you haven’t noticed, I have some super-easy recipes posted here! Recipes like Cake Batter Protein Truffles and Double Chocolate Protein Fudge require no baking, and are super-quick! Instead of making them ahead of time and packing them (which I have also done), you can pack your dry ingredients and pick up the wet ingredients locally. And instead of keeping the recipe exactly as it is written, get creative with what you find locally! Instead of using applesauce in the Cake Batter Protein Truffles, maybe I’ll try them with the star fruit I picked up here in Kauai!
If you have access to a kitchen, even better! Plan ahead with some easy baked recipes, and again swap ingredients for what you find locally. My Sweet Potato Protein Cupcakes are easy and delicious, and I bet the recipe would make a great banana cake, too! Trading the mashed sweet potato for another ingredient with similar consistency and macros is an easy way to get creative with your protein baking!
3. Bring less than you think you’ll need. Unless you are committed to staying on plan and have everything already planned out, you’ll probably need less protein powder than you think. I always bring powder with me, and I always bring a decent amount home with me. For this trip I’ll be baking and meeting up with friends, so perhaps I will go through the four bags I brought. But if you’re the only one taking the protein, you’ll probably overestimate.
For this trip I wanted to bring with me a few of the Jamie Eason Lean Body protein powders. The Peanut Protein is great when you’re looking for a balance of protein and carbs, like pre- and post-workout. I found myself turning to that protein often after I moved, since my kitchen wasn’t (still isn’t!) set up yet. Add a banana for post-workout, easy and done! It also makes great 2-ingredient protein pancakes, and that recipe will be coming soon!
And by now you must know that I love Jamie Eason’s vanilla whey protein isolate. Have I mentioned that it tastes like cake batter?! (Only a dozen times, I know.) I love it as a shake, and it makes great truffles and protein bars. So that is a must-have for me.
Also I’ll be baking myself a protein birthday cake next week, and it’s going to be fantastic! I brought some of Jamie’s whey concentrate powder for that. Another easy delicious protein cake coming your way! So stay tuned!
The next time you travel, keep these tips in mind and enjoy traveling with protein powder!
Travel friendly no-bake recipes (no kitchen required):
Cake Batter Protein Truffles
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Protein Bars
Chocolate Hazelnut Protein Truffles
Peanut Butter Protein Frosting
Protein Hot Cocoa Mix
Double Chocolate Protein Fudge
Gingerbread Protein Fudge
Overnight Protein Oats
Chia Almond Protein Cookies (delicious unbaked!)
Peanut Butter Protein Cookies (delicious unbaked!)
Vanilla Almond Protein Cookies (delicious unbaked!)
Travel-friendly baked recipes (oven required):
Sweet Potato Protein Cupcakes
Chocolate Banana Protein Cookies
Chocolate Fudge Protein Brownies
Chewy Chocolate Protein Cookies
Quest Bar Cookies
Iced Cinnamon Protein Pancakes
Chia Almond Protein Cookies
Peanut Butter Protein Cookies
Vanilla Almond Protein Cookies