This week the Nutrient to Focus On is Protein! Yesterday you learned or were reminded of the importance of protein in your diet. You should try to include protein at every meal, but this can be a challenge at times. To help you include protein at each meal, here are five ways to easily add protein.
- Exceptional Eggs: One egg has 6 grams of protein. If you are short on time, try the recipe below or make sure you have hardboiled eggs ready to grab for a quick source of protein.
- Get Nutty! Nuts are a great source of protein. A one ounce serving of almonds contains 6 grams of protein. Just be careful not to eat too many because the calories will add up fast if you go overboard.
- Go Greek! 1 cup of Greek yogurt has 23 grams of protein. Try substituting greek yogurt for sour cream and mayonnaise in recipes. Not only will you add protein, you will reduce the fat content as well.
- Just add beans: Keep a few different types of canned beans in your pantry. Beans can be added to numerous dishes like soup, salad or stew.
- Reconsider Milk: Milk products have become less popular recently due to the variety of milk alternatives available. Just keep in mind that 8 ounces of low fat or non fat milk contains 8-10 grams of protein compared to 8 ounces of unsweetened almond milk which contains only 1 gram of protein. Unless you are lactose intolerant, you should consider including milk in you and your child’s diet.
On the Go-Mini Frittatas
This recipe was inspired from Nom Nom Paleo
This is a great recipe to keep on hand. Utilize your weekends and make a batch or two of these. These are a great on the go option because you can freeze them. Then when you are ready to enjoy one, just pop it in the microwave for 15-30 seconds and you will have yourself a warm breakfast on the run.