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Happy Monday everyone! If you are feeling down about it, just remember that we are one week closer to Halloween, Thanksgiving, and best of all- Christmas!
With the upcoming holiday season and now with fall in swing, I wanted to do a little bit of a different kind of post. One about how to maintain your waist line even with the plethora of temptation that surrounds us.
Now I admit, I am by no means a healthy eating saint. I love my Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies and Garlic Butter Rolls just as much as the next person. I have a major sweet tooth and an obsession with carbs. BUT, I do try to eat healthy or make healthy swaps whenever I can, even if it is just something small. For example, in cutting out the tortilla and cheese in my Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps that I posted Friday, I was able to save myself 240 calories!
Making these small changes can eventually add up to big results!
One part of that change is also fueling your body with the right nutrients. Two things I like to focus on are protein and fiber. Today I want to delve into all the wonderful and easy ways you can incorporate protein into your diet!
Protein is an excellent way to feed your body. It keeps you fuller longer and is perfect for the days where you have a lot to do and not a lot of time to sit down and eat.
Protein is also great for your muscles. Did you know that muscles burn more calories than fat does? I love taking weight training classes; one, because it makes me feel like a boss, but two, because in building muscle mass I am equipping my body to burn more fat even when doing nothing! People with higher muscle mass are burning more calories just in reading this post than people with less! That is why the benefits of building muscle mass are so important- even for women!
I always try to incorporate protein whenever I can into my diet for those reasons. There are so many amazing benefits of a diet rich in protein it’s hard to ignore. Here are 4 of my favorite ways to incorporate more protein into my diet:
- Make meal planning a priority. Simply planning in advance can help you create a diet more centralized around eating healthy proteins. Without rushing in the evening to put dinner on the table or settling for fast food, preparing healthy meals in advance can help you stay on track! Try out these Coconut and Curry Lentils or this Foil Packet Lemon Salmon. You can make both in advance and just heat them up come dinner time! They are great protein rich dinners!
- Snack smarter. Hand in hand with point #1, a key to healthy eating lies in the planning and purchase of healthy options. When I go to the store, I make a specific list of what I want to buy that week. That way, I can skip past all of the chips, cookies, and ice cream and head straight to what I need to buy. In simply not allowing yourself to purchase those bad snacks, you are setting yourself up for success. Skip the chips and cookies and instead choose protein rich snacks like string cheese, jerky, nuts, seeds or even hard boiled eggs!
- Consider trying protein supplements. One product I love is the Abbott EAS Single Serving Packets. They have a ton of great products but two of my favorites are the EAS 100% Whey Protein Powder and the EAS Lean 15 Protein Powder. They have these great single serve packets which are perfect to take on the go. These make protein consumption super easy and are purchased at one of my favorite stores, Target =) Mmm, Target. That’s the store you go in to buy one thing and end up with like 15! Well, if you’re like me and are there every other week, you can find these EAS products in the pharmacy aisle by the dietary supplements. They are a great, easy way to add protein into your diet as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Here’s where I found mine!
- Include power packed ingredients in your food. Put different beans in your chili, skim milk in your pasta sauce, egg whites on your toast, nuts in your oatmeal and so much more! You can also put protein powder in a ton of different foods too. Other than water or milk, you can also include it in oatmeal, muffins, cookies, coffee or pancakes! The EAS Lean 15 Protein Powder, “Vanilla Cream” flavor, is amazing in greek yogurt (another protein packed food)!
I hope I’ve given you some fun and easy ideas for incorporating more protein into your diet.
Give these easy protein options a try! I know it will help make a difference in your health and start building that oh-so-important muscle mass!
Q: What is your favorite way to incorporate more protein into your diet?