If you need to add protein to your diet, these are some ideas to make it easier.
A whey protein shake (smoothie) is a great tool to use to add extra protein to your diet. You can use them for weight loss, maintaining weight or muscle gain. Simply add whey protein powder to water (add ice for a fresher feel.), throw in some fruit and blend. You can adjust the ingredients depending on your caloric and protein needs. For example, if you want to gain weight, you can put two scoops of whey protein powder, use milk instead of water, a couple of bananas and a table spoon of peanut butter, that will give you a very high calorie and high protein shake. If you are using it for weight loss, stick to the basics of one scoop of whey protein powder, water and maybe half of a banana or a small portion of frozen fruit. If using it for weight loss, make sure you are getting all the proper nutrition from other food sources as well.
Yogurt can be used as a healthy in between meal snack. Read labels for ingredients and nutrition facts. There are yogurts that can give you 14 grams of protein per serving or more if you adjust the serving amount. One of the healthier high protein yogurts that I have found is Chobani Greek Yogurt.
If you like to eat cereal, oatmeal or cream of wheat for breakfast, you can increase the protein content. With oatmeal or cream of wheat, simply add a scoop of whey protein powder to it and mix. The whey protein powder mixes so easily, you will hardly notice that food is a little thicker. To increase the protein with your cereal breakfast, take a scoop of whey protein and mix it in the milk that you are going to add to the cereal. One of the bodybuilder favorites, is to use chocolate whey protein powder, mix with milk, and pour over regular Cheerios, making them a healthy chocolate Cheerios.
You can find many healthy high protein recipes on the internet to complete this idea. Foe example, search for a high protein oatmeal cookie recipe. You can then add these healthy high protein cookies to your in between meal snacks.
Nuts are a great and healthy way to add protein to your diet. Depending on what type of nuts, they are about 6 grams of protein per serving. If you have a couple serving per day, this is a decent protein increase.
You should consult your doctor and perhaps see a nutritionist before making a dramatic increase of protein in your diet.
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