Protein is a necessary part of your diet. Studies have shown that people who consume more protein have a lower percentage of body fat and lose weight easier. Getting five servings of protein daily is the recommendation, but how do you accomplish this? By eating three snacks a day, of course! That and a few other tips can help you increase protein easily. Try out these snacks and tips.
Homemade Trail Mix
Mixed nuts are an easy way to get in some protein. Mix in nuts like almond, pistachios, and cashews with dried fruit, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and some coconut shavings for a great, sweet treat that packs a protein punch to rev up your metabolism in no time.
This snack is inexpensive and loaded with nutrients, as well as protein. Eggs are known to be one of the best ways to get in a serving of protein, and one egg is one serving, so it’s easy to measure out. Hard boil five eggs and store them in the refrigerator. Place one a day in a container each day for an easy on-the-go snack.
Cheese and Peanut Butter Crackers
One ounce of cheese is a serving of protein. One tablespoon of peanut butter is another. Try taking along a sandwich bag filled with one ounce of your favorite cheese and four peanut butter and cracker sandwiches. To pack in more nutrients, make the crackers whole wheat and you have a snack that is ready to keep you fueled, full, and focused during your busy day.
Meal planning has many health benefits. It can help you decide what you will eat, what you can’t eat, and what you should eat- like more protein! It will also help you stick to any diets you may want to try- like one high in protein! Meal planning can also include when you eat, which will help with making sure you eat enough times to get in the protein you need. Do you see a pattern here? Meal plan for increased protein!
Add Protein to Food With Protein Powder
Add protein powder to your foods to increase your protein intake. Foods like oatmeal and pancakes mask the taste of protein powders easily, and they can give you other nutritional benefits at the same time.
Eat Protein in the Morning
Studies show that people who protein in the morning weigh less and have increased and sustained energy throughout the day. Start our morning with some eggs and get your protein in early on.
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