Power through Your Day with Protein
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) Most often a typical day looks like: a carb-heavy breakfast, a sandwich or salad at lunch, and an overly large serving of meat and protein for dinner. The majority of us tend to eat a lot of our protein during our evening meals instead of getting 25 to 30 grams of protein per meal per day. The key is to spread your protein intake throughout the day, helping you reach any of your health and wellness goals for 2017. Here are some great tips to help add more protein to all of your meals.
Breakfast: Starting your day with breakfast that includes protein may help you feel satisfied, helping you feel fuller throughout the first half of your day. Instead of grabbing a regular granola bar when you’re heading out the door, try a granola bar with at least 10 grams of protein. Greek yogurts are a quick way to add 12 to 15 grams of protein to your breakfast. Make egg muffins or burritos ahead of time for quick breakfast options. Try adding peanut butter or milk instead of water to your oatmeal or smoothie in the morning.
Lunch: A busy morning might mean you didn’t have time to grab anything for lunch. You often find yourself eating out, grabbing something from the vending machines, or eating a salad lacking protein. Adding enough protein to lunch will keep you full throughout the afternoon, which will help you resist sugary or salty snacks. Try adding lentils and beans to your salads or wraps for added protein. Don’t forget hard-boiled eggs, which contain 6 grams of protein each. Top your fruit with a ½ cup of cottage cheese to get an extra 13 grams of protein. Need an afternoon snack? Try a half a cup of edamame which has 11 grams of protein or an ounce of nuts containing 6 to 7 grams of protein.
Dinner: Your evening meal is most often the easiest to prepare a protein dish for, whether you have soup or stew cooking in your slow cooker or your favorite chicken or pork cooking in the oven. If you’re looking for a variety of protein options, stop by your Hy-Vee Meat & Seafood Department. Shrimp can make a great addition to stir-fry with your favorite vegetables. There are a variety of prepared protein options that include chicken or beef fajitas or beef or chicken kabobs which only take a few minutes to cook. A good rule of thumb to remember: 3 ounces of flank steak, ground beef, ground turkey, chicken breast, pork chop and most fish all contain about 25 grams of protein. To complete your meal, add a cup of broccoli, which provides 2.5 grams of protein.
Quick & Easy Protein: Protein smoothie powders like Kura™, which is the Dietitian Pick of the Month, can be added to smoothies for added protein throughout the day. One scoop of Kura™ has 14 grams of protein. It can be added into a smoothie with a cup of milk, peanut butter, spinach and your favorite fruit to get around 25 to 30 grams of protein. Besides being high in protein, Kura™ has other great benefits including no added sugar, no preservatives, no artificial sweeteners, flavors or colors, no gluten and no high fructose corn syrup. Protein powders like Kura are great to use after workouts to help recover muscles or as a quick meal replacement for busy days.