BBQ chicken. A juicy steak. Seared salmon.
Is your mouth watering yet?
These are all forms of protein, which we know is important for health. Have you ever wondered what protein actually is and why it's so important to eat enough?
Deep Dive: Proteins are the blue-collar workers that make up the backbone of everything we do. Every function in our body is performed by chains of amino acids folded and formed in highly specific ways to form unique proteins. Proteins are the key components of cells that, when tied together, allow our body to function. Each protein is a small piece of the puzzle that makes up our muscle, hair, collagen, and even antibodies (immune system). It's everywhere!
We are constantly breaking down protein and rebuilding it into new proteins. By doing this, we maintain what is called a positive nitrogen balance. Nitrogen is the primary chemical associated with amino acids (nitrogen = amino group). When we are in a positive...
Sunday's are perfect for prepping healthy meals for the rest of the week. Protein is essential for building and repairing your body, especially while you are working towards healthy changes. When you are working hard, it is even more important to get protein every 3-4 hours. Leaner, lower fat protein options are best so you are getting the full benefit of protein without the added calories from fat. These options make it easier to hit your calorie allotments for each meal without going over.
Take some time and help yourself for this week by making a few meal staples. Set yourself up for success with three delicious recipes that you can portion and store in the fridge or freezer for later in the week. We focused on making high-taste & low fat lean protein recipes, Enjoy!
Whether it's the mid-day lull or after a tough workout, it's important to recover with high quality protein. We have 3 delicious, high-protein recipes that all incorporate veggies. Enjoy!
Healthy Tuna Salad Bites
-1 can albacore tuna in water
-3 tablespoons olive oil mayo
-1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
-1/4 cup diced onion
-salt/pepper to taste
-basil to taste
Mix together and serve on whole grain crackers or whole wheat pita bread. This recipe is a great source of anti-inflammatory Omega-3's!
-1 cup greek yogurt
-1 tablespoon nut butter
-1 tablespoon strawberry preserves
Layer the parfait with the nut butter and strawberry in the middle of the greek yogurt and enjoy! This is a great quick and easy recipe for some high quality protein.
Black Bean Dip
-1/2 cup diced onion
-1 clove garlic
-1/2 seeded jalapeño pepper
-1 can black beans, rinsed
-1/2 lime, juiced
-small handful cilantro
-salt/pepper/cumin to taste
Cook the onion, garlic,...
You asked, we delivered! We had a request to post healthy meatball recipes on the blog, so here are two different recipes that are quick, healthy, and delicious. By swapping a few ingredients and choosing healthy cooking methods, you can enjoy this comfort food while staying healthy and feeling great.
Italian Turkey Meatballs
These are my all time favorite protein pancakes. They are ridiculously easy to make and will fill you up for hours! Try this for your next breakfast.
1 cup oats
4 tsps baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 scoops protein powder
oil, to cook
Life Hack: Freeze them and they will last 4 more weeks. Stick them in the toaster for a quick meal with zero effort!
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