Clean Eating Principle #2: Your food must contain lean, complete protein.
Protein with each meal helps to increase satiety (fullness), so you’re less likely to experience hunger. This helps to control cravings. Protein also helps to control blood sugar levels, thereby helping to manage insulin levels. Finally, when you exercise (especially strength training), protein drives tissue/muscle regeneration.
Shoot for about 20-25% of your daily caloric intake in protein. An easy way to do this is to include a palm sized serving of protein with each main meal. Don’t forget to eat 20-25 grams of protein within 10 minutes of completing your daily workout for recovery purposes.
Combine Principle #1 from last week (eat whole foods that taste good) and Principle #2 (protein with each meal) to keep your metabolism high, improve weight loss, and reduce cardiovascular risk.
Check this week’s healthy smoothie recipe from Gourmet Nutrition below for a great tasting green protein drink. It sneaks in lots of healthy spinach, which is an excellent vegetable source of protein, without compromising on taste.