Four Easy Ways to Increase your Protein Intake
It’s always important to fuel your body with good nutrition but especially so if you’re working out. There isn’t one food group that’s more important than the other, they all work together to create a healthy, balanced diet, but if you want to power up your workouts increasing your protein intake is a must. It plays an essential role in supporting muscle growth and repair and, because it takes your body longer to digest it, it increases your metabolism and makes you feel fuller for longer. To help you work more protein into your day, we’ve got five easy ways to do it and they’re all delicious!
Enjoy a protein-packed breakfast
Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to kickstart your protein intake! Eggs are an excellent choice for breakfast and they don’t have to get boring as there are so many different ways to prepare them, from scrambled to poached. If you’re in a rush, opt for a Greek yoghurt spiked with a scoop of protein powder. (Greek yoghurt undergoes a straining process that results in more protein and less carbohydrates and sugar.) Got no time to cook or prep at all? Nip into Protein House in FitnGlam and try their bestselling Breakfast Sandwich. It includes 4 egg whites, turkey bacon and cheddar cheese on a fluffy Ezekiel English muffin and serves up 30 grams of protein!
Include protein in your lunch or dinner
Opting for lean meats like chicken, turkey or fish as well as vegan substitutes like Impossible undeniably tasty burgers are all great ways to include protein for lunch or dinner. Just be sure to choose that are prepared in a healthy way. Ideally, you want any meat or fish to be batter-free and grilled or baked. Still, this doesn’t mean that fast food is off the table. As an example, it’s easy to find a decadent Salmon Burger (43g of protein), a PH Vegan Burger (30g of protein) and a Spicy Thai Chicken Wrap (50g of protein) at Protein House. And yes, they’re all grilled, not fried. You can also add lean meats, fish, egg and protein-rich vegan foods like tempeh to any salad.
There’s nothing wrong with snacking. In fact, many dieticians will tell you that eating a few small meals throughout the day will help speed up your metabolism. But this doesn’t mean you should graze away on just anything. Rather turn snack time into another opportunity to get a little extra protein in your diet, especially if you didn’t include it earlier on in the day. Tasty portable protein-rich snacks include a handful of almonds, Greek yoghurt pots, hard-boiled eggs lashed with your favourite dressing, protein bars and roasted chickpeas.
Last, but not least, the easiest way to get more protein in your diet is with a protein supplement. In Dubai, you’ll get to enjoy a world of choice when it comes to protein powder options and the flavours can be quite decadent, from Sticky Toffee Pudding to Chocolate Chunk! If you’re vegan, you’ll find plenty of plant-based options too that are typically made from peas, fava beans and brown rice. Alternatively, pop into Protein House and feel spoiled for choice. We’re quite partial to Peanut Butter Cookie Dough. It’s gluten-free, vegan-friendly, contains 40g of protein and tastes like a delicious dessert. Cheers to that!