Athletes: Eat Your Protein!
|Protein: Almond Butter, Lentils, Nuts and More|
I've been trying to slowly increase the number of miles I run per week so that I can start training for a race and not cause myself any pain along the way. Sometimes I only run 3 miles at a time, which would be okay if I didn't have an early spring marathon or trail race in mind. But I must be patient!
Since I'm running less, I have more time to read blogs! Recently, I came across a blog post that reminded me of how important protein is in my diet so I've been adding more protein to my meals.
Eat your protein! The advantages:
- Protein fills you up. That's good because it means I can last from breakfast time to lunch time without getting hungry. Today I ate 26 grams of protein and made it to lunch without feeling hungry.
- A high protein diet reduces muscle loss.
- It may help your body to heal after injury. Sock Doc recommends at least 2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight if you're injured and 1.5 if you're not injured. (Here's a metric conversion scale. Is it just me or do you remember your 4th grade teacher telling you that everyone would use the metric system when we grew up? I thought I'd have it memorized by now!)
Now it's time for some scrambled eggs, avocado and toast - more protein! What are some of your favorite protein filled foods and drinks?