Protein- Big Rewards, Small Packages
We are consistently being told Protein, Protein, Protein! Whether it be plant or animal protein, it is essential for our overall health. Protein is an important building block for muscles, bones, cartilage, tissue, and blood. Inadequate protein in your diet can lead to hair loss and also affect brain health. While speaking with my nutritionist a few weeks back he commented on my long hair. He stated that I better make it a point to meet my daily protein goals if I would like to keep my long hair. His words keep echoing in my head, you see I have spent years growing my hair out and it has not been easy. I have been trying to find ways to get additional protein into my diet aside from Protein Shakes. You can only consume so many Protein Shakes!
When it comes to healthy weight loss, getting an adequate amount of protein can be crucial! Here are some of my new go-to protein snacks that give you a lot of bang for your buck. My favorite being shelled pumpkin seeds, Mmmm.
~ Pumpkin Seeds (shelled)- 11 grams of protein per 1/4 cup
~ Peanuts (shelled)- 20+ grams of protein per 1/2 cup
~ Almonds- 16 grams of protein per 1/2 cup
~ Roasted chickpeas- 7 grams of protein per 1/2 cup
~ Quinoa (cooked)- 8 grams of protein per 1/2 cup
~ Chia seeds- 2 grams of protein per Tablespoon
I found it helpful to measure out desired proportions in these 3 oz containers.
* Nutritional values are based off of the packages in my pantry ;)
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