Quick & Easy Protein!
Hey there pretty Momma! I won’t lie … last week was a tough one for me. My body felt run down, my allergies were getting the best of me and my body was craving carbs … big time. But this week I am feeling fantastic and I really want to get back on track. So I decided I am going to do my best to stick to protein and veggies, eliminating as many processed foods as I can. It’s going to be tough, but I know how strong I am and I know I can do this! Which also leads me to this blog post … let’s talk about protein. What is it? Why do we need it? How much do we need? What are some good sources of protein? Let’s keep it simple and break it down …
Protein is the building block of life … literally. Every single cell in your body contains protein and this protein is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
When you work out and add greater than normal resistance on your muscle, your muscle protein breakdown and small microscopic tears occur in the muscles. Don’t freak out … this is totally normal! This size and severity of the tear will depend on the resistance and intensity. But beware, the greater the tear the more likely you are to be sore tomorrow! But this is where protein comes in …
I know you’ve been told to eat protein when you get home from a work out, right? If not, I just told you! But do you know why? Protein helps repair those tiny microscopic tears and aids in muscle growth .. which is good! Now let’s get to the good stuff ….. Food!
Depending on when your workout takes place and the intensity, you may be ready to eat your next meal or your body just needs a simple snack. Either way you need to make sure you’re eating food that fuels your body! Here are some great examples :
- Peanut butter and banana on a rice cake
- Plain greek yogurt and fresh berries
- Turkey and cheese with apple slices
- Handful of raw nuts with apple slices
- Hard boiled eggs
- Scrambled eggs and veggies
- Meat (try to stick to lean proteins)
- Avocado Toast
- Hummus and veggies
- Banana and peanut butter bites
- Whole Wheat pasta with chicken and veggies
An important thing to remember ANYTIME you eat your food is to measure out your portions, especially when eating something like whole wheat pasta! And if you do not already do so, you should be tracking your food. It doesn’t matter if you use an App such as My Fitness Pal or if you keep a written food journal. But this is a great way to track what you’re eating, how much you’re eating, and if you’re getting the nutrients you need!
If you do not already follow me on Instagram … doooo it! I’m not a huge fan of blowing up social media with food porn – at least not my own. I love seeing what other people come up with though I’ll post things I eat throughout the day, so make sure you peek at my page daily!