I admit that in high school I ran about a 12 minute mile. Yearly presidential fitness tests were literally the bane of my existence. Does anyone remember those? How the state basically mandated us to run a mile every year and then forced the runty nonathletic kids to compare their times to the Hulks of the class? WHY. WAS. THIS. A. THING. More importantly, why did they have to happen during the nonathletic years of my life?
Thankfully, I learned to embrace working out once I got to college. And then, by the time I was an off-campus upperclassmen, I learned to embrace making my own meals.
One of the most important nutritional lessons I’ve learned as I’ve grown into a fitness-loving, meal-cooking, (mostly) independent and functioning individual is the importance of protein. If you’re anything like me, than protein is easy for you to miss. I rarely eat meat (not because I’m a vegetarian, but because I hate cooking the stuff), and I couldn’t even imagine myself non-ironically buying whey protein at Giant. But protein is actually quite important to any physically active person working on cutting fat and increasing lean muscle. In fact, not getting enough protein leads to muscle weakness and wasting. So, don’t skip out on protein, because it could reverse the effects of an otherwise rigorous workout! Check out this great article to learn more about this crucial part of your diet.
Now, here are my favorite ways to get protein! 🙂
- Nonfat yogurt – 11 grams in one cup
- Cheddar cheese – 7 grams in 1 oz
- Nonfat milk – 9 grams in 1 cup
- Two-egg omelet – 14 grams
- Red lentils – 25 grams in 1/2 cup
- Black beans – 7 grams
- Greek yogurt – 23 grams in 1 cup
- Oatmeal – 5 grams
What are your favorite sources for protein? Shoot me a recipe and I may feature it on my blog!