Hope you’ve all been enjoying the beautiful week before the storm broke out last night. The great weather has meant that we’ve been able to workout outside (the dream!) However, the most common question I get asked is where do you get your protein from?
My simple answer is: “Where your protein gets it’s protein from… plants!” There’s loads of great things which are high in protein and can be added to your meal after a workout. Here are a few of my favourite:
- Tofu – I know many people may not like Tofu because of it’s bland taste or it’s texture. But if it’s drained and cooked properly than it tastes amazing. See my Tofu Satay recipe
- Black beans – People that know me will know that I love to add beans to literally everything I eat. They’re a great source of protein and black beans are high in antioxidants too. My favourite black bean recipe would be the Pesto Summer Salad
- Soy milk – ok so this is an interesting one as people tend to hate it and there has been a lot of negative media about the impact of soy milk on our health. The key here is to buy organic, non-GMO soy milk.
- Quinoa – however people may pronounce it, I call it delicious. A gluten-free seed like grain which is high in protein, magnesium, fiber and antioxidants PLUS tastes great in Tabbouleh with lots of lemon!
- Chia seeds – Where do I start with this little gem! 5g of protein in 2 tbsp and such an easy addition to cereal or leave overnight in the fridge with yoghurt and oats to create a quick breakfast (you can make this in a jam jar and take it straight to work with you).
- Oats – Most people love porridge in the morning and it’s a great source of protein and B vitamins in the morning. Pair it with pumpkin seeds and you’ve got a winning combination there! I tend to make my own muesli as it’s the only way I can be sure it’s not loaded with sugar (and it’s also way cheaper!)
- Almonds – Great to keep as a snack on your desk- helps fight the afternoon hunger! But if you haven’t tried almond butter yet then get down to the supermarket and pick up a jar! It’s smooth and so nutty- great of toast, porridge and basically anything!
- Hemp – Tiny little seed, jammed with protein. I bought a bag of powered hemp and used it to make protein balls.
Ok now back to the title of this blog post. I made some protein balls using a mixture of the ingredients above. I’m still playing around with it but it’s super simple to do and I encourage everyone to have a go to. Just pick your favourite ingredients as wizz them together in the food blender until you get a sticky mixture. Then roll them into balls and store in the fridge! They’re a great size and you can easily pick one up and eat them on the go.
Anyway, that’s it from me today. Happy Friday all and enjoy a beautiful weekend!
Love A x