Tired? Finding yourself lethargic? Are you a victim of after lunch slump? You may need a better source of protein to keep yourself going! Join Handy as we look into different protein options to keep you alert all day long!
Why do we need protein?
Proteins contribute to energy creation, help with digestion, and boost your immune system. The word protein is derived from the Greek Proteas, meaning primary. It’s no wonder the protein is usually the star of every meal! Let’s look at a few options here.
Natural Peanut butter - Peanut butter is not only filled with protein, but it's also cost friendly and can be eaten with sweet or savory meals. If you are short on time, it’s a great add-on to smoothies to boost your protein intake when you are on the go without having to rely on those costly powders. Surprisingly enough, peanut butter also promotes go heart health. Natural peanut butter may be slightly more expensive, but you will avoid additives like sugar and oils. You can also make your own easily by simply finding natural peanuts to a paste using your trustworthy food processor.
Eggs - Eggs have been called the perfect food and for good reason! Eggs come in their own containers, have an incredible shelf life, and are the base for an incredible amount of food. Starting your day with eggs may also keep hunger at bay longer than empty carbs. They are also extremely affordable, making them the perfect budget protein. Hard-boiled eggs are insanely lunch friendly and can be prepared ahead of time, making your morning prep a snap!
Canned tuna - this trusty little fish is a staple of almost every home but does not get the accolades it deserves. Packed with proteins and omega-3 fatty acids, this little guy will keep you going all day long and help fight inflammations. A relatively small portion of tuna, just three ounces of canned tuna contains 20 grams of proteins.
Cottage cheese - Low in calorie and fat, this oldie but goody should make a comeback in your pantry. No other dairy has a better balance. At 23 grams of protein per cups, this little-forgotten champ can be mixed in with sweet and savory flavors, making it an ideal substitute to cream cheese and sour cream. Simply whip it up and add your fresh berries, honey, or add to tacos instead of sour cream, and you are up for a healthy meal!
Ground Turkey - a great replacement for any ground meat, turkey can be seasoned to perfection, and fix your craving for that hamburger without clogging your arteries. Play with your spices, mix and match. Find your taste and you will see that the humble turkey is not as bland as it is reputed to be. Do not be afraid to explore different tastes, you might just be surprised.
No matter your budget, you can find the right protein for you to keep you energized throughout the day. We hope you have enjoyed exploring nourishment with Handy!