Proteins are made from a combination of 22 different amino acids. Some of these amino acids are produced in the body, but eight of these can’t be made and need to come from protein-rich foods that you eat.
Protein is vital for muscle repair and immune support.
Aim to include a serve of protein at each meal, examples include fish, chicken, beef, lamb, pork, eggs, dairy products, tofu, legumes and, to a lesser extent, nuts and seeds.
If you’re not a big meat eater it can sometimes be difficult to ensure your receiving adequate protein. An easy way to bump up your protein levels is to include a protein smoothie in your diet.
Your goal for the week
Experiment with protein smoothies. Use a variety of seasonal fruits, try different kinds of milk such as rice, dairy, almond and look into the different protein powders available. Below is Teresa Boyce’s fail-safe all-time favourite smoothie – give it a go!
Berry omega smoothie
Ingredients (serves 1)
- 30g vanilla low carb protein powder
- 10 strawberries
- 1/2 banana
- 1 tbsp. flaxseed oil
- 250ml organic milk
- 1/2 cup ice
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- Place all ingredients into a blender
- Bend for 1 minute or until a creamy consistency
- Serve in a tall glass
Tip: Post-exercise add 1/2 cup rolled oats and blend