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If you’re like me, working out 6 days a week, lifting weights 4 days a week, and high intensity cardio 2 days a week you need protein.
How much protein is determined by your activity level. You need protein for your body to run at its most basic functions, but if your working out hard, and becoming/are an athlete you need more. The ratio most people hold to is 1 gram of protein for every pound of lean muscle mass.
Where can you get your protein?
If your eating upwards of 150 grams of protein throughout the day you’ll need to broaden your horizens past chicken breasts. I don’t know about you, but some days I feel like a chicken. Chicken in eggs, chicken in salads, chicken grilled, and the list is endless. There are wonderful lean options besides chicken, however if you love love love chicken keep at it.
Shrimp is a protein packed, vitamin enriched little morsel. With 24g of protein at 4oz a serving, shrimp can help you overcome a chicken slump mid day.
Try: Protein-Packed Pita; Mix 4 oz of shrimp, chopped celery and onion, 1 tpsp of honey mustard. Serve in a whole wheat pita lined with romaine lettuce.
Eggs cooked soft, hard, boiled, scrambled, can give you endless of possibilities. Eggs have 10g of protein in 3 egg whites and only40 calories. 1 whole egg provides 15 percent of your daily need of iodine, which is good for thyroid function.
Make over your breakfast with this: scramble 1 egg, 3 egg whites, green onions, and olive oil. Serve in a whole wheat tortilla with refried beans and salsa. Rap it in foil and take it with you to work. Yummy.
Whey protein powder is one of my favorite must haves to get my daily protein in. When I am short on time, or just lazy having a shake with one scoop of protein powder gets me 20g of protein. Whey is a great sorce of BCAA’s which your body needs during hard training days.
Postworkout shake; Blend 1 banana, 1 scoop whey protein powder, 8 oz skim milk, 1 tsp coco powder. Your muscles will thank you.
These are just a few places where I like to get my protein requirements for the day and I hope it gives you inspiration to think beyond chicken. Although chicken does have 27g of protein per 3 oz, it is a great source, but it can get dull.
A check in on my stats; I have lost another 3 pounds this last week. YEAH!!!