Protein is an essential building block of your body. Today we will focus on animal sourced protein and discuss the benefits of increasing its presence in your diet. Animal based proteins are considered to be “complete” which means they contain all nine essential amino acids. Protein is an important cornerstone of nutrition your body relies on this power packed substance to create lean muscle mass. Lean muscle is not only attractive but it also burns calories even when at rest which makes it a big part of healthy bodies!
Protein aids in weight loss in a couple of ways. First, a protein rich breakfast for example keep you feeling full longer, reducing food cravings later in the day. Second, protein helps your body to build lean muscle mass and that helps you increase your metabolism, since muscle burns calories and fat just lays there.
Sources of lean animal protein are commonly available. Try some plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese for breakfast. I love eggs and found some local farms that produce high quality eggs from happy chickens. Eggs are my ‘go to’ breakfast source; try them poached for a low fat high protein breakfast option! I enjoy cheese and often use low fat string cheese as a protein rich snack.
Skinless chicken or turkey breast are wonderful sources of appetite-satisfying protein. Choose varieties that are free of added hormones and antibiotics. I also prefer buying whole breast pieces, they are cheaper if you get them with the breast bone still intact. I will often buy them on sale and roast a batch in the oven at 350 degrees with a little salt and pepper. Make extra and store them in the refrigerator, so you can add protein to any meal.
Lean cuts of beef are a really satisfying dinner option; try this simple crock pot recipe. Cooking at home saves me a ton of money, focus on getting a high quality roast that will last for a few meals during the week. An added bonus to crock pot cooking is that it’s ready when you get home from work and your house smells wonderful!
Fish is an excellent light and lean protein source. I love salmon especially the “wild Caught” variety. Wild salmon is full of protein and good omega 3 fatty acids. Salmon labeled Atlantic is often farmed and of a much lower quality. Salmon can be bought fresh, frozen or canned. Try baking fresh salmon with a little lemon and a bit of black pepper. Frozen and canned fish is a quick convenient protein source, here is a reference guide for sustainable fish stocks.
Slender Body Solutions supports your healthy lifestyle! Look for high quality animal protein that is free of added hormones and antibiotics. By making a roast at home I save money, up my quality and avoid highly processed “deli meat”. When choosing animal protein, I look for local sources that treat their animals well; the cost is a little higher but I get a quality product and support local agriculture. Adding some quality protein can help you reach your weight loss goals and make your body a lean mean health machine!