Continuing from where we left off, I thought I’d share some more information about protein and the benefits of making sure you get enough.
Protein basics continued.
You have heard about blood sugar, right? The more we can keep it at a consistent level (think horizontal line) the more consistent our energy level. The best way to keep that energy level in a steady state is to always have a source of protein with your meals or snacks.
- Peanut butter and banana on rice cakes (2)
- Protein shake with a banana
- Hummus on a pita
- Yogurt & berries
- Tuna on a whole wheat
- Turkey & cheese with apple slices
When we don’t get enough protein and resort to high-glycemic carbs, a vicious cycle ensues. We are rewarded with a spike in energy…initially. But, that is followed quickly by a crash, dropping our blood sugar levels to lower than pre-snack. How do we correct that? Usually, by reaching for another quick fix and so on, and so forth. You see the pattern.
Food for thought:
Pay attention to what type of fuel you are ingesting pre and post workout. Did you dominate your workout? Or, did you run out of gas? How did you feel at 3 p.m. during our natural drop in energy during the day?
Vanilla Protein Quinoa Bowl:
I wanted to share another way to use your protein powder in combination with whole foods.
Very simple, because that’s how I cook and eat.
Vanilla Protein Quinoa
1/3 c. cooked quinoa
1/3 c. unsweetened almond milk
1.5 scoops of vanilla protein powder
Combine ingredients and microwave for 60 seconds. Top with a sliced banana, nut butter and chia seeds.
To be honest, this tasted more like a dessert and was very filling. Obviously, this recipe is nothing earth shattering, just another way to increase your protein intake.
These protein-packed recipes may be of interest to you as well:
I’m so pleased there is a good amount of interest with the protein goodies giveaway! It can be difficult to meet our needs every day through whole food sources, so it’s nice to have a little help. Winner announced Monday, August 6th.
How do you battle the 3 p.m. slump?!