How much protein do you eat per day?
How much protein do you think you should eat per day?
I’m not a registered dietician, but I do offer a few general suggestions to my clients that I learned from my personal training certification and job on the topic of protein.
- Eat food with a 3:1 carb/protein ratio within 30 minutes of working out.
- Eat smaller portions at a time and snack frequently (5-6 meals/snacks per day) to fuel your body with energy all day long.
- Eat at least 1-2 grams of protein for every kilogram of your bodyweight. (If you weigh 150 pounds, you should consume around 68-136 grams of protein per day.)
- Don’t skimp on including a good amount of protein into your breakfast. It’s the most important meal to start your day and can keep you full for hours!
I have a feeling that a lot of your eyes just widened. I’m not making this up, folks.
Protein is a clear essential to maintaining a healthy diet!
Great sources for protein include:
- Skinless chicken or turkey breast
- Pork loin
- Lean roast beef
- Salmon, tuna, whitefish, and shrimp
- Cottage cheese
- Greek yogurt
- Soy-based vegetarian burgers
- Meat alternatives like tofu and tempeh
- Nuts, seeds, and nut butters
- Beans and peas
- Bars, powders, and shakes
While I’m a fan of all of those things, it’s not always realistic for me to go home and cook chicken breasts, grains, and vegetables for lunch after an intense workout. You too?
It’s a good thing that there are products out there (besides the same old protein bars) aimed to help you feel fueled and fight hunger throughout the day.
Thanks to this awesome campaign with Vitamin Shoppe, I was able to get a close look into their brand-new Protein Pantry. I was thrilled to receive a box full of protein goodness and try everything out to share with you!
The #ProteinPantry is a unique assortment of forty protein-packed foods like pancake mixes, nut butters, powdered peanut butter and more.
If you are looking to add protein to your diet and are tired of living off of protein bars, powders, and shakes, you’re going to love what’s in this line!
I don’t even know where to start. I’m pumped about how easy and delicious all of these products are, but let’s begin with the ones that require the least amount of effort.
While most nut butters claim to offer a decent amount of protein by the nut content (not always the case), the nut butters in the #proteinpantry are all protein-infused and offer a great combination of protein, healthy fat, and carbs to keep you satisfied.
Add a scoop to your favorite oatmeal or cereal, spread it on top of toast, crackers, or rice cakes, or (dare I say it?) grab a spoonful or two directly from the jar!
I absolutely love the Buff Bake and P28 white chocolate flavors, and I appreciate the individually packaged fluffbutters from D’s Naturals to take with me on-the-go. I haven’t been able to dig into everything they sent me yet, but I have a feeling that I will be drooling over all of these inticing flavors.
(I’m talking to you, Snickerdoodle!)
A close second on the little to no time requirement front are these Probiotic Mighty Muffins from FlapJacked. Simply add water, stir, heat the container up in the microwave, and breakfast is served in less than a minute.
I love that these come in a disposable container you can grab right before you leave in the morning, and you can even keep them in your desk at work when you’re in a pinch and in need of a protein pick-me-up or healthy snack.
Did I mention they’re insanely good, too? I’d swear it was chocolate cake if I didn’t know better!
Last but certainly not least are the protein pancake mixes (i.e. how I justify eating pancakes for breakfast every day if I could)…
All require a few minutes to cook, and even so, they’re ridiculously easy. Simply add water, mix, and pour onto a griddle, pan, or waffle iron. Flip when they start to bubble, or slightly undercook them if you prefer your pancakes on the fluffier side.
I loved the non-GMO Mancakes mixes and flavors. I haven’t tried the P28 mix yet, but it looks super fluffy and tasty. Also included in these protein pancake mixes was a personal favorite mix of mine from About Time!
I usually go for organic maple syrup to drizzle over my pancakes, but I tried and enjoyed the high fiber syrup from Mancakes this time around.
Everything was so, so good!
Next time you feel hungry and roll your eyes at another protein something or other you’ve been eating for years, do yourself a favor and check out the Protein Pantry. You can find these products and many more in nearly 700 stores nationwide and online.
Questions of the Morning
• Are you guilty of skipping over a good amount of protein in your diet?
• What is powering you through your days and workouts?
While I was compensated for this review, all opinions remain my own. Thank you for supporting the companies that help support my family!