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6 reasons why you should have protein powder in your pantry

Updated: May 23

Picture this: you wake up in the morning, all cozied up in your van. You’re ready to start another day of adventures and exploration. As a van lifer, you value simplicity, efficiency, and a sustainable lifestyle. That's why having protein powder in your pantry is a smart move.

Here are 6 reasons why protein powder is a great supplement for van lifers:

increased protein intake

Protein powder is a quick and easy way to add extra protein to your meals, without cooking. Sufficient protein intake is important for good health and preventing muscle loss. It builds and repairs tissues in the body (muscles, bones, skin, hair) and it helps produce enzymes and hormones.


Protein powder is cheaper compared to eating the same amount of protein from whole foods. It is easier to store and can be quickly added to a variety of meals, making it an ideal choice for living in a van. You can mix it with fruit juices, yogurt, milk, or water, or blend it up in a smoothie. So many options to make life on the road easier. Also, you don’t need to cook it which will save you lots of resources.

stay full for longer

Because protein digests more slowly than carbohydrates, adding protein powder to your meals can help keep you full and satisfied for longer. By adding protein to your oatmeal in the morning instead of eating it plain, you will have more energy to fuel your adventures.

adds sweetness and flavor

Protein powder comes in various flavors and can add a sweet taste to your meals. With even just 1 tablespoon, you can add taste to plain yogurt, oatmeal, rice pudding, pancakes, cream cheese, coffee, smoothies, and more. It goes with everything!

adds calories to your meals

If you struggle to eat enough in a day or if you are trying to gain weight, adding protein powder to your meals can be an easy way to increase your calorie intake without having to eat extra food.

it's versatile

You can mix it up and drink it on the spot, or use it in a variety of recipes, from pancakes to baked goods. And the best part is: there are so many different kinds of protein powders out there for any specific needs or limitations you might have in your diet: low-sugar, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, etc.

Keeping protein powder on hand is a wise choice that can enhance your journey toward a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle. Its numerous benefits make it an invaluable companion on the road. Embrace the freedom, savor the flavors, and nourish your body as you explore the world around you!

Lara xo
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