A diet high in protein isn’t all about the gainz. An obvious shift has taken place recently separating a protein rich diet from body builders and gym junkies. Nowadays, with increased research and strong being the new skinny, protein has had a resurgence. Protein is essential to everyday, human functioning. Every single cell in our body utilises protein in some fashion; the obvious being building muscle mass and the less known being - supporting neurological function, aiding digestion, helping balance hormones naturally and keeping our mood upbeat. Your skin, your hair, your digestive enzymes and your immune system all rely on a steady flow of protein in your diet. However, while eating protein is essential to daily functioning, it’s also important to eat a variety of protein rich foods. Meat, poultry, eggs and protein powders are all obvious sources of protein; however I want to showcase some less obvious, natural sources that can be added to any diet to help boost protein numbers and which of course are regularly featured in my blended smoothies!
BROCCOLI – Surprisingly, broccoli – the vegetable - contains an abundant amount of protein. Again, it’s one of those essential fridge items that are cheap and versatile. Bake, steam, fry or blend.
SPINACH – A favourite in the blended team, spinach can be added to almost anything – including smoothies! I like to add to my morning green smoothie for its excelling nutrient profile as well as its source of protein. Its protein content is up there at about 5.3g per cup. Winning.
MILK – Milk contains the best sources of protein – casein and whey. If you don't suffer from any gastrointestinal issues, don't be afraid to milk it.
GREEK YOGHURT – Another dairy source on the list, Greek yoghurt can contain anywhere from 11 to 20 grams of protein per serving. It’s also an excellent source of calcium.
STRAWBERRIES – these juicy fruits contain small amounts of protein - which is just an added bonus when throwing them into the blender. And they are delicious.
BANANAS – A blended favourite, the banana contains modest amounts of protein. You can bump up these values by adding some peanut butter or almond butter to the mix.