We all know that one of the best ways to stay healthy is to eat a balanced diet; make sure you’re getting all your nutrients, drink plenty of fluids, and try to keep those “cheat meals” to a minimum. Of course, this is often easier said than done but it’s the basic blueprint for healthy eating.
There are moments when you might want to change your diet to gear yourself towards a certain goal. For example, if you’re training or looking to pack on some muscle then protein is a solid option.
But how do you effectively add additional protein to your diet? Do you just start guzzling protein shakes? You could, but that’s not recommended.
Below we have four tips on how you can easily add more protein to your diet.
You don’t have to be a nutritionist to know that meat = protein. Meat is stuffed with protein, but you should be opting for lean meat.
Most food retailers offer lean beef and pork options, however chicken and turkey are the most commonly recognised lean meats.
As boring as you might imagine a chicken and turkey based diet to be – we’ve all seen the Instagram meal prep stories featuring grilled chicken and steamed veggies – the truth is you have a ton of fantastic chicken options out there, waiting for you to try. You should experiment till you find one that’s your favourite.
Change Your Snacks
As well as meat, you can find protein in foods such as nuts and seeds. Nuts, particularly pistachios and almonds, are packed full of protein. Why not make your own bag of trail mix to take with you on the go?
A hard-boiled egg is also an easy snack that’s high in protein and takes just minutes to prepare.
Chickpeas have high levels of protein. You can roast them to eat as a snack instead of chips, mix them up to make falafel or blend them to make hummus. Altogether, a simple and delicious food that is full of protein.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Breakfast will always be the most important meal of the day. Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper was the old saying, and it still holds true today. Along with your morning cup of joe, it’s important to make sure you eat a healthy, balanced breakfast.
The popular protein option is eggs but you don’t have to stick to those for every meal. Make yourself a bowl of oatmeal or mix some Greek yoghurt together with berries for a bit of extra taste. Mix it up with a breakfast smoothie every now and then with your favourite protein flavouring.
It Doesn’t Always Have to be Meat
If you’re vegan or vegetarian then there are protein options to suit you too.
Leafy green veggies like spinach, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts are good options for protein. Beans and pulses are what many people turn to and you have a whole host of options to choose from such as black beans, lima beans, lentils and the aforementioned chickpeas.
Last but not least, if you’re a pescatarian you can always eat fish. Not only do you get those healthy fatty acids, but you’ll get a healthy dose of protein. Make sure you stick to tuna or salmon instead of going for fish that are high in mercury.