Its Friday! Sadly this is one of the first full weeks I’ve worked in a long time, and it definitely felt like a long week. Between doctors appointments and United Way meetings and luncheons, it was pretty busy. I’m happy for the weekend! Do you have any plans for the weekend? My tentative plans are to see some friends and get some hiking in. I’m excited to be in Denver for the weekend. Also, I got a cold this week, so I’m hoping to get rid of that this weekend too! Today I wanted to chat with you about protein.
A few weeks ago, I read a book called ROAR by Stacy Sims which talks about fueling the female athlete body. I’m planning to write a post in a few weeks about this book, but right now I’ve been thinking about protein. As I’ve mentioned before. I’m a pescatarian, veggies and fish, or as my friend Gina calls me Pesky Pescatarian.
For so long I thought I was eating enough protein. I thought buying protein was for body builders, guys drinking to bulk up, and more recently crossfit members. The book, ROAR reminded me that I should eat my weight (in kg) of protein grams everyday. Honestly, I thought I was doing enough. Until I realized two eggs is only 12 grams of protein. Dang it, my breakfast protein theory wasn’t enough. While beans, and protein rich grains like quinoa are in my diet- it couldn’t add up to enough. In the grand scheme, I could have kept a food journal to get an actual understanding of my protein. My rough estimate was closer to 60 g opposed to 115 a day.
**update** thanks AmberLynn, you should be eating your weight in KG in ounces. So I might be getting enough, I need 50g a day. If I continue to eat eggs and protein rich foods, I should get enough protein!!!**
Delicious chilaquiles in Telluride, topped with over easy eggs. Breakfast nachos for the win!
After reading this book, I decided to buy a protein powder, I picked a plant based one to add to smoothies. This protein powder changed the flavor of my smoothies a little bit, but I got used to it. At this point, I’m considering adding more yogurt to my diet. I removed yogurt from my diet about 2 years ago bc my favorites were full of sugar . Like 20 g of sugar- but I do love those flavors.
This year I’m hoping to increase my protein. I want to start cooking fish at home, I’ve never been very good about this. But I just made a recipe for Homemade Poke Bowls from Active Kitchen- Lottie and Kara. They were SOOO good! I can’t wait to keep making them! Also, smaller Whole Foods stores only have frozen sushi grade fish so prepare ahead for that.
*views are my own- I am not a registered dietitian just a consumer of the health and fitness industry. Please consult your doctor or conduct your own research before changing your diet*
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