Thursday, June 2, 2016

Protein without Meat

When you're trying to lose weight or build muscle, protein is essential!  They're the building blocks of your body and they fuel metabolic activities!  It helps cells grow and repair, so if you eat or drink protein after a workout it will help you not feel sore later on and it will help strengthen your muscles so you don't injure yourself.

It's also responsible for:

  • Maintaining the fluid balance in your body along with controlling the movement of fluids in your cells
  • Helping to transport nutrients to various organs and regulate the flow of nutrients in your cells
  • Helps to build defense
  • Regulating and initiating metabolic activities
  • They support all of your body's tissues which in turn will allow you to stand up and move around (kinda important)
  • Giving your body a small amount of energy (natural energy!)

My favorite ways to get protein in my diet are fish (especially salmon,) a juicy steak, and shakeology!  But it's not always good to eat a ton of meat and you can't survive on shakeology alone.  Here is a list of great alternatives for protein!

1. Green peas; 7.9 grams in 1 cup
2. Ezekiel Bread; 4 grams per slice
3. Nuts; 1 oz in 5-6 grams
4. Chickpeas; 7.3 grams ½ cups
5. Peanut Butter; 7 grams per 2 tablespoons
6. Edamame; 8.4 grams ½ cup, boiled
7. Broccoli; 8 grams in 1 cup chopped
8. Quinoa; 8 grams in 1 cup
9. Chia Seeds; 4.7 grams in 2 tablespoons
10. Unsweetened cocoa powder; 1 gram in 1 tablespoons

How do you like to get your protein?

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so excited about your list of protein alternatives. I like most of them and there are times when I just don't want to eat meat, but I do want to consume protein. Thanks for sharing at the #ThisIsHowWeRoll Link Party. Pinning now.