PROTEIN tips

Most people have a hard time getting enough protein in their diet. I know I used to, until I discovered the many sources of protein that I now include in my daily meals. Most days I have a hard time staying within my protein range because I have found so many delicious ways to eat it! 🙂

First of all, why is Protein such an important macronutrient?

Benefits of Protein:

  • Builds & repairs tissues
  • Helps make hormones
  • Building block of muscles, bones, cartilage & blood
  • Satisfies cravings
  • Keeps you full longer
  • Important for growth & development in children

When should I eat protein?

Ideally, you should include a protein source into every meal of your day for optimum muscle growth. Protein is especially important after lifting weights. When you lift, your muscles are being broken down. Protein helps to repair them. Try eating about 20g of protein within 30 minutes after lifting weights to help increase the speed of muscle recovery.

What if I don’t want huge muscles, do I still need protein?

Yes of course 😉 Believe me, you will not get huge muscles just by eating a lot of protein.

Here are a few ideas of HIGH PROTEIN sources that are staples in our house:

  • Eggs/Egg whites (we love getting the liquid egg whites from Costco)
  • Lean meats
    • Chicken breast
    • Deli turkey
    • Ground turkey
    • Turkey burgers
    • Chicken burgers
    • Talapia
  • String cheese
  • Fat-free Feta Cheese
    • Add to salads, eggs, sprinkle on top of veggies and roast in the oven
  • Beef Jerky
  • Flatout ProteinUp Wrap (Costco)
    • Use for egg burritos, wraps, burritos & pizza!
  • Protein powder (my personal favorite is Bodylogix Natural Whey Protein, you can get it on Amazon)
    • Protein shakes
      • Blend with 1/2 c almond milk, 1/2 c crushed ice & 1 TBSP PB2 (peanut butter powder)
    • Add to overnight oats or oatmeal
  • Kodiak Cakes (Costco)
    • Top with watered down greek yogurt (sweetened with stevia) & berries
  • Plain Fat-Free Greek Yogurt (Costco)
    • Sweeten with liquid Stevia (Sprouts), top with berries & granola
  • Arctic Zero Ice cream (Sprouts)
    • Not as creamy as normal ice cream but amazing if you…
      • mix in some peanut butter or PB2
      • mix it into a protein shake
      • put it on top of Kodiak Cake Waffles!

What high protein sources do you like to include in your meals? Would love some more ideas! 🙂

 

 

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