When trying to get into shape, I often find myself focusing on the importance of cutting out sugars and fatty foods. It’s easy to forget that including certain foods can often be MORE important.
Protein, specifically, is essential for healthy lifestyle. According to Healthline, there are several studies that state a high-protein diet can have incredible benefits for weight loss and metabolic health. Protein helps you stay fuller for longer which helps reduce cravings and keeps you on track. It also helps build muscle for a more toned physique and may even help boost metabolism.
So, how much protein should you be eating daily? You can calculate your daily recommended protein intake by using calculators like this one. I then personally like to track what I eat throughout the day to make sure I am hitting my recommended amount of protein.
If you are struggling to get enough protein in your diet, here are some foods that are high in protein and easy to prepare.
Canned tuna is one of the most convenient sources of protein to add to your diet. It can easily be added to a wrap or on top of a salad with little preparation involved. If calories are a concern, look for canned tuna that is packed with water not oil. Best of all, one serving of tuna can contain as many as twenty grams of protein! Adding tuna to your lunch will help you stay fuller for longer throughout the day.
Greek yogurt is a great source of vegetarian protein. It is perfect to quickly grab out of the fridge for a filling and nutritious snack. One serving of Greek yogurt can have as many as seventeen grams of protein!
VIIVA has created a vegan-friendly protein that provides 20 grams of protein in each serving! It is made with organic brown rice protein and organic pea protein to provide your body with a high-quality protein similar to whey protein. On top of that, it is also made with fat-flushing fiber from organic psyllium husk, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and other nutrients designed to keep you full and energized for hours. It is packaged in individual serving packets making it easy to take with you on the go. Just add water and shake for an instant protein boost!
Other easy options include hard-boiled eggs and cottage cheese! Find which protein sources are easiest for you to incorporate into your daily routine and stick with it to see amazing results. Not only will you look amazing, but you will also FEEL amazing! More protein means more energy to conquer your day and get things done!
Meet the Author: Hanna is the Communications Coordinator at VIIVA. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Southern Oregon University and now lives in Portland with her family. Her favorite hobbies include reading and singing, and her favorite VIIVA product is the Chocolate Organic Plant Base!