In the current age of dieting and losing weight, several diets have popped up; some that make sense and others that just involve crash dieting. If you are following any of the diets, then the question you need to ask yourself and your dietician is that whether or not it has a high or right amount of proteins. Why are proteins important? Because they are said to be the building blocks of our body! Everything from cell growth to repair depends upon proteins and they happen to be a part of all other cells ranging from the bones to the blood cells. And it is not all cellular in nature because when digested, proteins help lose fat, build muscle and lose weight. Essentially, you can leave out carbohydrates and fat from your diet but not proteins. A low amount of protein makes the body weak and lifeless which might lead to malnutrition. Contrary to the popular beliefs, to get trim and fit quickly, the most effective way is to eat a “high” protein diet. There are easy recipes which you can make to ensure a large amount of proteins in your meals. This article gives you some tips on what to include and what to leave out when it comes to proteins! Read on to find out.
Diet High In Proteins
The first and foremost food that comes to mind when you think of protein is an egg. Yes, the simple white poultry egg happens to be a storehouse of so much protein that it has become almost synonymous to the nutrient. Have one everyday for breakfast regularly or two if you are on diet. But remember, it is only the whites – the yolk is kind of fatty!
This is natural protein from cow’s milk that contains amino acids. The best part is that it contains no cholesterol or fat. You can eat it by adding it to foods such as coffee whitener, cheese and milk. It is also supplemented in cereal bars and protein shakes.
They say you are what you eat! So, you decide if you want to eat them. Jokes apart, nuts are excellent providers of protein. A slight disadvantage is that when taken in excess they can add weight (because they contain fat in form of oil). But, this is the best option for a vegetarian. Nuts also contain fibre and aids in digestion.
The beans contain linolenic acid that is essential in repair and healing of the cells around a wound. It basically helps in regeneration. An example of a high protein diet is the soy diet. Soy is extremely high in proteins and has health benefits too. Therefore, it must be incorporated in your diet!
Following are two recipes that you can adhere to when thinking of indulging in high protein and low fat meals.
Sweet Chicken Bacon Wrap
Cut the chicken breasts in even sized cubes and the bacon into slices.
Wrap each chicken cube with a bacon slice and secure with a toothpick.
Stir the brown sugar, chilli powder and cayenne together with the above.
Fold the chicken properly into the mixture.
Grease a tin with olive oil and bake the wraps for about 35 min at 350°F.
Remove when bacon is crisp or the chicken wrap is browned.
Three Bean Salads
Drain the beans then clean and rinse them. Drain them finally.
Combine the beans, celery, onions, olives, seasoning and salad dressing into a bowl. Mix well.
Let it chill overnight, preferably.
Drain off the salad dressing and garnish with lettuce before serving.
Try not to mash the beans while you’re at it.
These are some of the foods that can make your ordinary meal into an extraordinary high protein one!