Best sources of protein.

egg-white

With a protein to fat ratio of 60:1, egg whites are unquestionably one of the purest forms of protein in the world. –Bodybuilding.com

I’m really amping up my workouts lately. My goal is to not only tone but build muscle. In order to build muscle it’s crucial to consume the right amount of protein and the right kind. Protein is known as the building blocks for bodily function and maintainance. It is necessary for the development and repair of hair, skin, eyes, muscles and organs.

Protein as Energy

Protein is used as energy when your body has used all of the carbohydrates and fats that you’ve consumed. I’ve read that using protein in this way is actually not good because your body needs protein for more important purposes, like rebuilding muscle tissue. However if you consume protein in excess your body will store it as fat and too much of it is harmful to your organs. So a healthy balance is vital.

3 Great Sources of Protein

  1. Egg whites. Everywhere I go I read that eggs are the perfect protein for a fit physique. They contain all of the essential amino acids needed to rebuild muscle and are one of the most efficient proteins in that they are readily used by your body for protein synthesis. Egg yolks have great nutritional value as well, but are high in cholesterol so keep the use of them down as much as possible.
  2. Chicken and Turkey breast. These low fat options are packed with protein. I suggest cooking enough at the beggening of the week to easily use on salads, in brown rice or for a healthy sandwich made with whole wheat bread. They are a great, easy way to add protein to so many dishes.
  3. Beans and Legumes. These are high in protein AND fiber. Fiber is a wonderful source of carbohydrates that helps keep you fuller longer and assists in regulating blood sugar. Kidney beans are a popular options for fitness enthusiasts as they contain 14 g or protein and fiber per serving.

What’s your favorite protein source?

Thanks for reading!

xo,

Hilary

Healthy Muffins

walniut muffins

I use Kodiak Cakes waffle mix to make these healthy, filling and delicious muffins. This mix is made from 100% whole grains, contains protein, calcium and is a healthy alternative to white flour.

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Ingredients:

2 cups Kodiak Cakes mix

1 cup soy milk

3/4 cups raw honey

1 egg

1/4 cup butter

1 cup applesauce

1 tbsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. allspice

1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 cups crushed walnuts

Directions: Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full and bake for 14-18 minutes. Makes about 12 muffins.

 

How do I get started with a healthy eating lifestyle?

How do I get started with a Healthy Eating Lifestyle?

By: Lisa Caldwell, Nutrition Consult for U GO Baby Fitness

Consider the question’s,”What is food to me?”  “What is my eating style?”  Once you have taken a look at what role food plays in your lifestyle, then you will be able to make adjustments that will be easier to adopt and enjoy.

Changing your eating style is going to be as positive or as negative as you would like it to be. This is crucial to have with you along the way.  Your view on change is going to help you see it through or not at all.

Be patient with yourself.  It is easier to create a habit than to break one.  You can train your brain, cells and synaptic pathways to do anything. Give yourself time and be “aware” of what you are eating…. and why!

Understand that many will call you and your decisions into question.  Taking stock in our own lives and how one goes about it is something not many do. It is a tough question and GOOD FOR YOU for doing it!

Establish an understanding of Nutrition, just the basics.   Being able to identify the two types of carbohydrates, different fats, quality proteins and food sources of vitamins and minerals will help you in any situation.

Understand that there is a lot of misinformation out there.  Find sources (i.e. specialists, literature, research, people) you can trust, rely on a series of methods that work for you and the plan that you have designed.

Food Labels: the Nutrition Facts are confusing, but the ingredient listing is the real deal.  This is where you are going to learn the sources of those carbohydrates, fats and proteins. If you can’t identify them or cannot imagine them on a tree, in the ground or on a bush then consider another choice.

One way to start eating with health in mind is to just ADD whole foods into your day.  There is no rule that says you have to take anything away from your daily eating habits.  This could be an additional salad, fruit or whole grains to your regular meal.

Look at the world of whole foods as an endless adventure.  Wouldn’t you love to learn about something else that makes you enjoy life more than you already do?

Lastly, but most importantly…..eat breakfast.  It is literally just that, you are “breaking the fast” that your body is going through from the night before.  If it doesn’t get any morning fuel, it tries to hold onto the next meal instead of using it right away.