I have some news!! I’m going to be in an upcoming issue of All You Magazine! SO excited/nervous. You would think I would be sharing money saving tips, but it's actually something very different! More details soon, but basically I’ve been testing a fitness app for the last month. I have really been focusing on being more active after that loooong winter and it’s making me feel great!
Although I am trying to lose weight, I refuse to say that I’m on a diet. I am ready to make lifelong changes! One of my top priorities is getting enough healthy food, especially protein. Before I just assumed protein was coming from meat and occasionally beans…now I make sure to fill up each plate with protein! Bob Harper says that you should get half of your body weight in grams of protein (ex: if you weigh 160, you need 80 grams of protein a day). While that may seem like a lot, it’s actually quite easy! The main purpose of protein is to keep you full longer.
My go-to (and tastiest!) form of filling protein is Stonyfield Greek yogurt. I have the bad habit of standing at the counter to eat during the day and yogurt is a quick way to fill up! Favorite flavors: Superfruit, Black Cherry with 1 teaspoon of mini chips or the blueberry! Many people think they don’t like Greek yogurt, but when they try the smooth Stonyfield variety they are hooked. (*cough* Ricky!) I love that they are so flavorful! This year, Stonyfield is the official yogurt of the Boston Marathon! Good luck to everyone today!
Aside from snacks in cups, I buy a big tub of plain Stonyfield Greek yogurt for cooking. I add it instead of sour cream or mayo to many recipes. My new favorite lunch is a can of tuna, mixed with a bit of mustard, plain Greek yogurt and a hard-boiled egg on a bagel thin. SO filling!! On the side, if I’m not having a cup of yogurt, I have cottage cheese with a drizzle of honey. That meal alone gets me almost half of my protein quota for the day!
Here are some other great (non meat!) sources of protein:
- Liquid Egg whites. For only 25 calories you get 5 grams!
- Low Fat Cottage cheese. 12 grams per ½ cup! Great toppings: honey, salsa, berries.
- Tuna. 1 can has 28 grams!
- Steel Cut Oats. 5 grams per serving. Add some peanut butter and nuts for a great filling breakfast!
- Beans. Protein varies per bean, ex: black beans have 7 grams per ½ cup. I like to add them to salads, blend them up for dips. Make sure to always rinse and seek out low sodium cans.
- Endamame. 17 grams per cup! Roast in the oven, add to stir fries, make endamole.
My weight loss journey is FAR from finished, but I feel like I've gotten a great start so far! Maybe one day I'll be completing the Boston Marathon...or at least cheering on Ricky!
What's your go-to source of protein?