3 Ways to Sneak Protein in Your Diet
By Genevieve Cunningham
Our bodies are meant to consume protein. You've probably heard about the power of protein in your diet and health in general. This nutrient helps us to build muscle, burn fat, store energy, and build a stronger and healthier body overall. But unless you're used to consuming the proper amounts of protein, it can be difficult to make sure that you're getting enough. If you would like to increase your protein consumption, take a look at these sneaky ways to add a bit more into your everyday menu and reap the benefits that protein can bring into your life.
Greek yogurt is really healthy. When most people think of yogurt, they think of a breakfast food or something that pairs well with fruit. But Greek yogurt can be added into all kinds of foods. It's a great thickening agent, and if you get the unflavored variety, you can add it to main dishes without sacrificing taste. Just try a few recipes to get comfortable with the new ingredient, and before long, you'll be throwing Greek yogurt into all kinds of recipes.
You can't really sneak tuna due to the strong flavor and aroma, but if you add tuna to your diet, you're adding massive amounts of protein. And most people don't realize just how much protein is in this fish. The easiest way to eat tuna is to make a tuna salad and eat it for lunch. You'll likely get over 20 grams of protein with this one step alone! If you add a side -- perhaps nuts or a salad -- then you'll get even more protein in your midday meal. Eat this twice or so per week and you'll be well on your way to a protein surplus.
Change Your Sides
A great way to get more protein without making massive changes to your diet is by switching your current low protein sides for sides with a higher protein count. If you currently eat rice, switch to quinoa. If you like potatoes, switch to beans. When it comes to protein, every little bit helps. Add up smaller amounts of protein throughout the day, and you'll still get the benefits of the increase in your overall diet.
We all need adequate amounts of protein in our everyday diet. When we don't get enough, our health and our fitness efforts really suffer. Use these tips to increase the amount of protein in your daily dishes, and you'll be headed toward better health and a well-balanced diet in no time at all.
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