6 Ways to Use MCT Oil PowderArticle posted in: Diet & Nutrition
Odorless, flavorless and free of carbs and added sugar, MCT oil powder makes it easy to kick your weight loss into high gear! Not familiar with MCTs or MCT oil powder? We published an entire article on the stuff because there’s just so much goodness to cover.
In a nutshell, MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides: A type of fat found in certain oils (like coconut) and dairy products. MCTs are easier to digest and offer quick energy, which can lead to a better, more intense workout, more weight lost, a feeling of fullness and even a happy gut.
Some MCT oil is a naturally flavorless powder that’s perfect for sneaking into your favorite low-carb recipes. Boost your burn with this powerful superfood that will quickly become a staple in your low-carb kitchen!
To be clear: MCT oil powder is not devoid of calories or fat. Remember, MCT oil is a type of fat. So don’t add it and forget it!
Now…how will you get your daily dose of MCTs?
Here are six tasty ways to use up MCT oil powder:
1. Smoothies & Protein Shakes
This is the by far the easiest way to enjoy MCT oil powder! Whether you’re having a simple chocolate protein shake or you’re making your own smoothie recipe with kale, blueberries and full-fat Greek yogurt, most MCT oil powder is virtually undetectable. Need some smoothie inspiration? Shake things up with the recipes below:
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake >
- Blueberry Muffin Protein Smoothie >
- Vanilla Berry Grapefruit Smoothie Bowl >
- Chocolate Almond Butter Shake >
- Matcha Smoothie Bowl >
- 3-Ingredient Black Forest Smoothie >
- Creamy Apple Cinnamon Smoothie Bowl >
- Honey Almond Butter Cup Shake >
The Palm Pro Tip: Try to drink your protein shake before you work out. A study, published in the Nutritional Journal of Science and Vitaminology, found that cyclists who ate two teaspoons of MCT oil with food before exercising were able to work out longer at a higher intensity and had less lactic acid buildup which leads to fatigue or muscle pain.
MCT oil powder is typically tasteless but you might detect it in a simple cup of coffee—especially if you drink your coffee black. To sneak it into your morning brew, try adding MCT oil powder and a teaspoon of steamed or regular whole milk. Or, go the spice route, adding cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice or a little vanilla extract. Get brewing with the recipes below:
3. Salad Dressings, Sauces & Dips
Got a mason jar? It’s the perfect vessel for mixing up a homemade dressing because you can really shake up the ingredients… and incorporate MCT oil powder! Olive oil, garlic powder, lemon juice, basil, salt and pepper make a terrific dressing (see our Grilled Chicken Salad) for virtually any lettuce-based salad. If you like to dip, you can mix the powder tight into hummus, pesto and guacamole! It’s a great way to add extra nutrition to your veggies. Try adding it to the recipes below!:
- Eggless Caesar Salad >
- Chicken Salad with Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette >
- Easy Layered Salad >
- Chicken Salad with Avocado >
- 2-Step Super Salad >
- Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip >
- Pesto Cilantro Dip >
- Roasted Garlic Avocado Hummus >
- 2-Step Spinach Dip >
- Creamy Avocado Pesto Dip >
4. Yogurt, Pudding & Nut Butter
Have you tried our 2-Step Chia Yogurt? It combines whole-milk Greek yogurt with chia seeds, almonds, almond extract, a bit of turmeric and cinnamon. Throw it in the fridge overnight so that in the morning, a tasty, nutritious breakfast is waiting for you to grab and go. Breakfast is the perfect time to get your MCTs—you need lots of energy to commute, tackle that meeting, exercise and more. MCT oil powder can blend beautifully in all foods with this kind of creamy texture. Get inspired by the creamy, dreamy ideas below:
- Coconut Matcha Chia Pudding >
- No-Bake Overnight Chia Pudding >
- 1-Minute Chocolate Ricotta Mousse >
- Chocolate Avocado Pudding >
- Any natural nut butter >
5. Baked Goods
Sweet treats seem a little sweeter when they do your body good. From muffins and cupcakes to bread and cookies, you can find plenty of lightened-up baked goods right here on The Palm. Try adding some MCT to our sweet recipes below:
- Almond Flour Bread >
- Chocolate Chip Cookies >
- Lightened Up Lemon Cake >
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Muffins >
- Cinnamon Rolls >
- Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting >
- Blueberry Muffins >
The Palm Pro Tip: While one small packet of MCT oil powder isn’t likely to alter the outcome of your baked goods, feel free to break up your packet if it makes you happy. Use half now and mix the other half in our Roasted Garlic Avocado Hummus. Think of it as a nutritious, energy boost now and later.
6. No-Bake Snacks
Just like many snack recipes utilize protein powder as a hidden healthy ingredient, you can do the same thing with MCT oil powder! Mix it into energy balls and no-bake bars for a smart and satisfying snack that boosts your burn! Try it out in the recipes below: