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Are you getting enough protein?

Posted by Jason & Karen Olliver on

We need protein in our diet for a few very important things – like growing and repairing cells. Protein fuels and powers our bodies, helps oxygenate our blood, maintain a healthy immune system and regulate our hormones. So how can we make sure we’re getting enough of this essential nutrient?

It’s key to spread out our protein intake over the day’s meals, rather than eating lots of it all at once, as this makes it easier for our muscles to absorb. Getting protein from a range of different sources is also a good idea, as this will help you get all the essential amino acids provided by different foods.

Some excellent (and healthy!) protein sources are:

Salmon

Not only a great source of protein (20 grams per 100g serving), salmon also gives you omega-3 fatty acids that support a healthy heart, good eyesight and a tip-top brain.

Fitfood’s Za’atar Spiced Fish Pie is made with Atlantic salmon and white fish and gives you 88% of your daily protein intake. Yum!

Chicken

A popular protein-rich food, chicken is adaptable to so many delicious meals and is also an excellent source of vitamin B12, amino acids and iron. When eaten skinless, almost all of the calories in chicken come from protein, making it a great option for weight management.

Winner winner, chicken dinner: Fitfood’s menus feature some smashing chicken dishes, such as Satay Chicken, Chicken & Mushroom Stroganoff, and Thai Chicken Rissoles with Cauliflower Rice.

Chickpeas

Versatile, great for you and packed with protein – chickpeas are an absolute winner. One cup of cooked chickpeas provides you with about 15 grams of protein, and are also full of fibre, so they’ll help you feel full without eating too much.

Our Falafel with Hummus is a delicious double chickpea hit, paired with a spiced eggplant kasundi that will have you licking your lips.

Eggs

Egg whites are almost pure protein, and eggs in general have a whole bunch of good stuff like vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and antioxidants, so they’re a great part of a healthy omnivore diet.

Enjoy breakfast in style with Fitfood’s Feta, Tomato Relish and Spinach Omelette – or lunch, or dinner! There are no rules when it comes to this tasty protein source.

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