Happy Friday!!! This week just flew by for me! Did it for anyone else? I am ready for another relaxing weekend with just a flew plans! I hope you guys have some fun things planned!
I know I have talked a little bit about the challenge I did in January, but I forgot to mention one important piece that I think was really beneficial to me. First of all, the challenge definitely helped me realize I was not taking in enough calories for the amount of exercise I do regularly. I workout 6-7 days a week with a little cardio, a few days of strength training and a couple days of walks/low intensity workouts. I do take entire days off when I need to, but I tend to feel better if I have a long walk/yoga on days that I don’t have a hard workout. If I don’t move enough, my back just kills me.
I have definitely mentioned that I am a snacker. I like to graze rather than have a big meal. Well… times are a changing! 🙂 The challenge made me realize that if I meal prep ahead of time, I will get in more regular meals (rather than just grazing through lunch/the afternoon) and be more satisfied. I still snack one or two times per day, but I don’t always need a snack because my meals are keeping me fuller for much longer.
The big reason for this is that I have been conscious about adding more protein to my meals. I’m not sure if I have ever told you guys that I don’t eat meat, but I don’t. I do eat fish a few times a week though. I have nothing against meat eaters (I cook chicken/turkey for my husband regularly); it really is just a personal choice. I actually haven’t eaten meat since I was 14. I grew up Catholic and when I was 14, I gave up meat for lent. Well 40 days later, I still didn’t want to eat meat anymore and still haven’t since. About 6 years ago I had 2 bites of steak and was terribly sick for 4 days. (I definitely should have tried chicken before steak.) Ever since then I just haven’t wanted to eat meat. If I end up craving it one day, I will eat it. Until then, I will just keep saving my money on my weekly grocery bill by stocking up on fruits and veggies (and a little fish). 😉
Funny story… a few years ago, my husband tried to tell me that I spend too much money on groceries because of all the vegetables I buy. So we ended up breaking down the grocery bill to meat/unhealthy snacks/desserts that he likes and then all the fruits and veggies I like. Well, even though my quantity of food was about 3/4 of the grocery haul, it was only 1/3 of the whole grocery bill. He hasn’t said a word about the grocery bill since. 😉
Anyways… back to talking about protein. Today I thought I would share my favorite sources of protein!
- Hard-Boiled Eggs. I don’t like the yolks, but I love putting the whites on my salads.
- Nuts and nut butter. My favorites are pecans, almonds, and walnuts. I have peanut butter or almond butter almost every day.
- Chia seeds. I love making overnight oats or chia seed pudding.
- Tofu. I like to marinate then broil it so it gets nice and crispy on the outside.
- Beans and lentils. Black beans and garbanzo beans are my favorites.
- Plant-based protein powder. I like adding protein powder to my smoothies and oats!
- Almond/coconut milk. I love these in smoothies, overnight oats, and for curries!
- Fish. Salmon and tuna are my go-to when it’s grilling season.
- Quinoa. I like to make a mexican quinoa salad for lunch or make a tofu and veggie curry with coconut milk to put over quinoa.
- Veggies!!! Veggies like spinach, kale, and peas pack a nice punch of protein!
- Any plans for the weekend?
- What is your favorite source of protein?
- How much water do you drink every day?