More Protein

Today was the first time in two months I was able to go outside for a walk. I  would have been out longer, but there were so many dogs out.  I didn’t mind the ones on a leash, but the ones that weren’t. I am going back to what was said years ago, “ if you don’t have anything nice to say – don’t say anything at all”. I may have walked longer. Well, I am glad I got in an hour.  

I got to thinking about what my doctor had said about me eating more protein and I’m like “I eat two eggs every morning and at least one dish with chicken in it once a week”. I thought that was enough, but I guess I was wrong.  

I like eating mostly veggies and fruit. The thought of eating more meat had me making faces. Then I found myself asking a question or two. Here are a few suggestions I got from Google:                                                                                  

  1. Hemp Seeds (2 Tbsp) Protein: 9 g  Calories: 164 calories = Raw foodie fan and superfood expert David Wolfe says hemp seeds are one of his favorite high-protein mix-ins—and for good reason. In addition to protein, they’re high in iron, magnesium, and omega-3s. Bonus: These mild, slightly nutty seeds pair well with just about everything.
  2. Tahini (2 Tbsp)Protein: 5.2 g Calories: 188 = While this paste of ground sesame seeds is normally an ingredient in hummus, it can add a wonderful creaminess and a dose of healthy fat and protein to smoothies, says Rania Batayneh, MPH, author of The One One One Diet (published by Rodale, which also publishes Prevention). “It’s also a great alternative if you can’t have nut butters.” One of Batayneh’s favorite combos: Tahini, milk, dates, and a mix of spices like cardamom, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  3. Chia Seeds (2 Tbsp) Protein: 4.7 g Calories: 138 = Like hemp, protein-rich chia seeds can be added to any flavor imaginable. “These are crazy good for you,” says Kumai. “Just 2 Tbsp provides you with 40% of your daily value of fiber and five times the omega-3s of a quarter cup of walnuts.” Since they develop a gelatinous texture when added to liquids, they’re also a great way to thicken up a smoothie. 
  4. Pumpkin Seeds (2 Tbsp)Protein: 5 g Calories: 126 = Protein-rich pumpkin seeds are a favorite mix-in of Jennifer McDaniel, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They’re also loaded with magnesium, a key nutrient for strong bones and optimal muscle functioning. For a richer, nuttier flavor, try roasting them. They’re great blended with pumpkin puree, milk, maple syrup, and cinnamon—basically, fall in a cup!
  5. Avocado (½ cup) Protein: 2.3 g Calories: 192 = Avocado’s combo of healthy fats and protein can keep you full for hours. People who included half an avocado in their lunch had a 40% decreased desire to eat over a three-hour period compared to their desire after a standard avocado-less lunch, according to a 2014 Nutrition Journal study. Masters recommends pairing it with unsweetened cocoa powder, milk, dates, and spinach for a healthier take on the chocolate shake.

I only like two out of five items on this short list. Well, who doesn’t like avocados and pumpkin seeds? I will have to go try adding a few of the other items into my diet. I went and bought a mixer, so I can make smoothies, and take more steps to becoming a better me…

Bye IV Now, LD*

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