Tips to increase your protein intake

Have you been eating enough protein? We find many people are eating lot's of carbohydrates and fats but lack in the protein department. Protein is very beneficial and essential to your diet so it is important to pay attention to your consumption of protein. 

"Why is protein so important?"

5 REASONS TO EAT MORE PROTEIN 

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1. Greater muscle mass 

2. Less hunger

3. Increase in strength 

4. Better brain function

5. Better sleep

HOW TO GET MORE PROTEIN THROUGHOUT THE DAY

1. Prioritize protein first 

  • Stop filling up on all the carbs and fats on your plate. If you prioritize your protein first you will be able to finish the required amount without getting full first.

2. Eat beef jerky 

  • One of our favorites! Beef jerky is packed with protein and is easy to have on you at all times.

3. Go for leaner and larger cuts of meat 

  • This is why you see bodybuilders stick to chicken breasts mainly, it is majority protein and you can consume lot's of it without getting a lot of fat.

4. Invest in protein shakes

  • Eating meat all day isn't ideal for most people. Invest in a container of protein powder and carry around a shaker cup with you. This will be an easy way to add 25-30 grams of protein to your diet.

5. Add protein to your salads 

  • If you're eating lots of salads that's great, but don't forget you can add any of your favorite lean meats to your salad to have more of a complete meal. Click here if you are a vegan or a vegetarian!

6. Eat Greek yogurt 

  • I don't think people are aware how much protein Greek yogurt actually has. 1 serving of Greek yogurt has 10 grams of protein, and if you want even more mix in a 1/2 scoop of protein powder, it tastes delicious!

7. Replace your morning cereal with eggs

  • Still eating cereal packed with sugar, like frosted flakes? Trust me I wish I could still eat that everyday to but there is almost no nutritional value with high sugar cereals. Start your day off with eggs for much healthier breakfast.

8. Replace mayo with hummus 

  • Yes hummus! Try this out immediately on your sandwiches, it is delicious!

9. Snack on cottage cheese 

  • Most people probably made a face when they read this. Try either adding some fruit on top or you can have it as a side to a meal for added protein. It's not that bad once you get used to it.

10. Add lentils to your meals

  • For those who want some variations other than meat make sure you try adding lentils to your meal they can easily add an extra 10 grams of protein.

Try using the app MyFItnessPal to calculate your daily protein. If you're trying to add muscle we recommend about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight.