By Emily Roberts
The importance of rotating protein is often under-minded when we are dieting or attempting to get kids to eat whats on their plates. We often go for whatever is easy and quick rather than whats really beneficial for our brains and bodies. In our past post The Power of Protein, we talk about the importance of protein and briefly on rotating proteins:
Why Rotate?: If we eat the same thing everyday our body is going to get used to the amino acids in that food, making it difficult to create new strains of amino acids, thus less neurotransmitter availability. Therefore, making changes in protein increases your availability to create new strains. Simple fixes are, chose fish instead of chicken on your salad. Add protein powder to your morning oatmeal instead of just milk, or try adding in a mid morning snack of yogurt and nuts.
Below are some great ideas to get new proteins into your old routine, as well as easy snack ideas for children and adults alike:
Edamame: Instead of chips reach for this heart-healthy, protein filled snack. With 11 grams for a 1/2 cup, you are doing yourself a favor. Sprinkle some sea-salt on them, put them in a Tupperware and take them along to the office or in your child’s lunchbox.
Greek Yogurt or Cottage Cheese: Instead of boring fruit on the bottom yogurt (still a good source of protein) try something exciting like Fage 2% Greek Yogurt, it has 17 grams of protein. Add a little Agave Nectar and a handful of nuts and you have yourself a perfect snack! Kids love it with fruit and granola.
Hummus or Baked Chickpeas: Instead of your usual dip or spread try hummus with veggies or baked chips, its a great alternative to or usual spreads. Kids eat it up, and by adding this in we are getting in protein from a legume, something most of us don’t get unless we are eating beans or lentils. The snack packs are a great, portable, snack idea or for throwing in a lunch pale. Baked Chickpeas are a fantastic way to appease your crunch and salty cravings and helps to fill you up.
Beef Jerky: Instead of salty chips or rice cakes. It can be high in sodium, however 1 serving shells out 70 calories and 11 grams of protein, with only 1 gram of fat. Try a few pieces instead of your usual afternoon snack. Kids love the chewy texture and its super portable. There are some organic brand out there that are pretty healthy.
Let us know what protien snacks you and your kids like, we’d love to hear them!
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