Last year, when I went on a bit of a health and fitness overhaul, I learnt about this really fabby thing called PROTEIN. Now obvs we’ve all heard of it and know it should be part of our diet (anyone else thinking about the plate of food split into three sections to demonstrate a balanced diet image here?!), but did you know that protein can help control the dreaded body fat? Since then I’ve tried to find ways of keeping up my protein intake, so if you’re looking to do that too, here are seven ways to do it:
- Eggs for breakfast
I know exactly what you’re thinking, yes, you do have time! Seriously, scrambled or poached eggs take 5 minutes to cook and will keep you full until lunch. They are so much better for you than a sugary cereal and can be cooked up into loads of different variations. At the moment my fave is a bowl of scrambled eggs with half an avocado smashed in, topped with cayenne pepper – yum.
- Go Greek
Greek yoghurt is a great mid-morning snack or an amazing topper to protein pancakes (you can see my recipe for those here!) Now, this is important: when I say Greek yoghurt I mean actual Greek yoghurt – NOT Greek style. Greek style is basically a pot of sugar. My fave brand is Fage, which you can buy in all supermarkets.
- Lean on me(at)
Lean meats like chicken, turkey and seafood are all high in protein and low in fat. Plus, they’re massively versatile and can be prepped in lots of different meals to be tasty AF.
- Be a squirrel nutkin
Sometimes dismissed as ‘bird food’, nuts and seeds have massive health benefits for your skin and body and just a handful a day is all you need. Almonds, cashews, walnuts and pumpkin seeds are some of my standard nibbles of choice. I’d also recommend nut butters (Meridian Cashew Butter is tha bomb).
- Bean me up
Making a stew? Add some lentils. Making a salad? Add some kidney beans. Making a breakfast brunch? Add some black beans. Do you see where I’m going with this… basically add some beans or lentils into your dishes. While you’re there in bean-land, give my chunky peri-peri houmous (made with chickpeas) a whirl for a high protein snack.
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a little low-fat, gluten-free, high in protein gem. It’s actually a seed and is a great addition to salads, or with chicken or fish.
- Powder power
If you’re really looking to up your protein, you could try a protein powder supplement. They do take a bit of getting used to and can be expensive to buy, but used in the right way can be really effective. I use PHD Diet Whey in Belgian chocolate, but you can get loads of different flavours. Before committing yourself to a big tub I’d recommend getting a few sachets to try first to see what it’s like.
So those are my seven ways to increase your protein intake! I hope you found it useful. Do you have any tips to add?