Protein is my jam. It is awesome, and essential to my diet and right now, my weight loss. Protein is made up of amino acids, which the body uses to repair cells. Too little protein leads to low energy, increased hunger and loss of lean body mass. That’s why eating the correct amount of it is important for weight loss. (You can figure out how much you need by multiplying your weight by .36. (.8 if you are a serious body builder. So the average 150 pound female needs around 54 grams of protein. Although I do not weigh 300 pounds, nor am I a serious body builder, there are days I have well over 100 grams of protein.)
I found this little chart, which I loved. Some people think protein is found only in animal products. Wrong! Veggies are a great way to get in protein…with a lot less calories too. I usually like to get my protein from eggs, spinach (and other greens), various meats, fish, broccoli, nuts/seeds, and plain yogurt. Since I am going balls to the wall here, I need to have the ease and convenience of protein shakes and bars from time to time.
This week, I mixed up my processed protein a few ways…
This root beer float was amazing. Just ice, 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder and Zevia diet root beer. I had it as an afternoon snack when I knew we were going to eat dinner a little later than normal. At 200 calories, and 25 grams of protein it was perfect. Eating the right amount of protein will give you a feeling of fullness and help stave off hunger pangs. When I am hungry and my blood sugar gets low, I am a monster. Also, protein gives you energy throughout the day, increasing the amount of physical activity you can perform. I teach at least one (usually more) hot yoga class every day. I also practice yoga and/or do some type of exercise daily. I need as much energy through out the day as I can get!
And this is a protein pancake. I mixed 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder with just enough water to make it like pancake batter. I topped it with sugar free syrup and butter. Heaven. I don’t really love pancakes that much either. But you know as soon as you declare to the world that you aren’t eating carbs you are all like: GIVE ME PANCAKES AND BISCUITS.
I saw this video that sparked this idea. I wasn’t going to eat it like cereal anyway…and obviously these are too big for cereal morsels anyway. But they were gooey, hot, and a plate of cookies. I had a plate of cookies for breakfast. How awesome is that?
I am planning on trying some other new things this week…I can’t wait to share!
Do you have any favorite ways to sneak in more protein or creative ways to keep your diet interesting?