Beginner’s Guide to Protein
Protein helps your body replace over 98% of its total cells every year by providing the building blocks for all tissue – amino acids. Protein helps us to feel fuller and avoid sugar cravings and a protein-rich diet supports weight-loss. For these reasons and many others, we should aim to base every meal on a good protein source.
However, in the real world, that can be difficult to achieve. While it might be ideal to have eggs and vegetables at breakfast, many of us simply don’t have the time and end up falling back on breads, cereals and old habits. So here are some tips to help you boost your protein intake without the stress:
– Whole foods first. Get your protein from meat, chicken and eggs, yoghurt, kefir and milk, legumes, nuts or seeds whenever possible.
– Smoothies second. Protein smoothies are a good, quick and convenient alternative to protein from whole food. Choose a high quality vegetable protein powder like Clean Lean Protein and have it with your favourite milk or simply mix with water. To make a super-smoothie, just add coconut cream, berries and green leafy veggies like spinach, silver beet or kale and blend.
– Post-training. You will recover your energy, speed and agility and suffer less from aches and pains if you have a protein smoothie within 30 minutes of a training session. Add half a serve of Good Green Stuff for some superfood punch!
– Snack attacks. Most people find it hardest to stay on track from a nutritional perspective between 2pm-3pm. Pre-mix a large smoothie in the morning, have half of it for breakfast and save the other half for the mid-afternoon slump!
– Clean Lean Protein. Made from European golden peas, Clean Lean Protein has the highest protein content of any supplement on the market (up to 90%). It is is low allergen, perfectly alkaline, low in fat, sugars and carbs and contains no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours.