08/05/2015

The Power Of Protein!

It is often underestimated the importance of protein, as something that is naturally incorporated into the majority of meals (so long as you don’t only eat junk food), if you’re not exercising 3-5 days a week then relax – You’re probably already filling your daily needs.
If you are or are thinking about getting into on a high intensity basis I would recommend you keep an eye on your macros to ensure you’re giving your body the fuel you need to get the most out of your work out and to also help your body recover after.

I follow ‘The Zone’ Macro count so I aim to incorporate 30% of protein into my daily diet using my fitness pal to track what I’m putting into my body.

So what is protein?
Proteins are a group of 20 kinds of amino acids which together create a compound; known as macro-nutrients they contribute energy to your body, they are used as enzymes which kick start reactions in your body such as your metabolism, cell repair and growth (hello long healthy nails) Proteins are also essential for forming structures and muscles. So that protein shaker you see the gym buffs and bunnies clinging onto after a workout – that’s their secret weapon.
Higher protein meals will also keep you fuller for longer making you less likely to reach for the biscuit tin half way through the afternoon and ruin your hard work!

10 protein packed foods that should be in your shopping trolley:

Eggs – the protein in eggs is the highest quality of protein found in any food. Watching your cholesterol?  Skip the yolk! 80% of the protein can be found in the white alone so try Mixing  1 whole egg with 2 whites and a dash of black pepper to make your morning scrambled eggs.
Turkey
Chicken (Lean)
Fish – Salmon, Trout, Tuna, Mackerel, Prawns…
Almonds
Pumpkin seeds
Nut butter (my personal favvvv)
Lentils
Mixed Beans
Cheese – Parmesan containing the highest amount of protein, Low fat swiss cheese, and Low Fat Cottage cheese.

Random Fact:


Hair is made up of a protein called keratin, which forms a helical shape. This protein has sulfur bonds, and the more sulfur links it has, the curlier a person’s hair will be!


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