Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tip of the Day--PROTEIN

Are you looking to lose weight? Are you exercising regularly? Are you getting enough protein in your diet? Recommendations suggest getting 0.75-1.0 grams of the muscle building macro nutrient for every pound you weigh. I weigh 132 and strive to get 80-100 grams of protein daily. This one is hard for me. I'd much rather snack on apples, cereal, or bread than tuna, eggs, or chicken. But if you get at least 15% of your total calories from protein you are doing okay. Here is what an ideal meal plan looks like for me. And remember, what works for me may not work for you.

1/2 cup egg substitute
1 whole egg
1 slice Granny's Delight Wheat & Fiber bread
1/2 cup blueberries

Post Workout Snack:
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1 cup 100% orange juice
1/2 banana

1 Western Bagel Preservative Free light wheat bagel
2 Tablespoon Skippy Natural crunchy peanut butter
1 Tablespoon Smuckers Sugar Free raspberry jelly

Afternoon Snack:
2 cups romaine lettuce
1 plum tomato
1 pouch tuna
1 Tablespoon Kraft light ranch salad dressing

1 grilled chicken breast
1.5 cups steamed broccoli tossed with olive oil and sliced almonds
2/3 cup cooked brown rice


Meghan said...

Do Nutter Butters count for protein? ( :

Leisa said...

Yeah, I think so! ;)

Cammie said...

I have a hard time getting enough protein too. It seems like the really good-for-you proteins take a long time to prepare. It's so much easier to grab fruit or something.