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The Power of Protein for Exercise

Peanut butter Ideas for Protein Snacks

Exercise is awesome – it helps us look good, keeps us healthy and is a great stress-reliever! To get the most out of your workouts, getting lots of proteins into your diet is essential because they are like building blocks for your body.

Getting this essential nutrient isn’t just reserved for body builders or fitness fanatics, but is necessary for anyone who is exercising as it can to help them gain strength and let their muscles recover. So how exactly does it help, and how can you get more into your diet? 

How can it help?

Protein is one of the essential nutrients your body requires to maintain a healthy body and is used to help build and repair tissue.

Having a diet high in protein helps build lean muscle, keeps hunger at bay and is important for general wellbeing. If you’re exercising regularly, you will need to eat protein more regularly, as intense workouts can take a toll on your muscles and without replacing that energy you won’t get the most from your efforts!

Having more lean muscle means that your body uses up more energy, so building these is great for weight loss. It’s also great as a supporting role of other foods to help you get a healthy and balanced diet, so make sure to mix your plate up a little, and don’t forget those carbs! Healthy carbs such as wholegrains are also important to maintain your energy levels and wellbeing, so enjoy some brown rice with your protein to get the best possible nutrition.

What can I eat?

There are plenty of delicious foods to help you get your recommended intake, such as:

  • Spinach
  • Nut butter
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Soya milk
  • Tofu
  • Nuts and seeds.

Why not whip up some high protein delights for post and pre workout, such as a soya bean salad and healthy homemade hummus, lemon and lentil soup or a tasty chickpea salad! There are so many options out there for you to try, so get out there and find your favourite!