When I first started my ‘new lifestyle’ or as people like to call it ‘diet’, I found it very difficult eating the correct quantity of protein. This was due to making many common mistakes, many of which are listed below:
- Consuming too many carbs and too many of the wrong carbs
- Not eating enough and eating the wrong things
- Not doing any food prep so having to buy food on the go
- When I was hungry I would choose easy instead of healthy
I ate a huge amount of bread. Bread is easy to eat for meals and snacks and its very tasty. You don’t have to wait for it to cook and takes minimal preparation. Due to my thyroid issues I now eat non/minimal break (maximum once a week). It just isn’t necessary in my opinion and something that is very easy to cut out and you will notice the difference in how you feel and look.
Preparing your food in advance is a great help, as when you get really hungry or need a snack, you have a healthy meal ready and waiting. This is particularly important at work or on the go, especially during that 3 o clock slump we all get. It can also save you a lot of money when you plan in advance.
In order to manage my daily protein I checked my macros on MyFitnessPal and you protein intake should be a minimum 20% of your diet. This doesn’t seem like a lot but can be challenging especially when finding snacks that don’t take you over your sugar limit. Great snacks to eat filled with protein are:
- Protein shake
- Protein bars
- M&S packet of ready to eat chicken/ ham
- Greek yogurt
- Boiled egg
- Edamame peas
- Chia pudding
These are some different protein filled snacks I have tried and my review:
- Maxi Nutrition Pro Max Milk – you can purchase this from Maxi Nutrition
It contains 30 g of protein which is very high for a snack product so excellent for boosting protein content. It tastes very sweet but a nice flavour to it, similar to a strawberry milkshake. It contains 16.5 g of sugar which is very high for a snack item. I would recommend this for taste and protein but its far to high in sugar. I would consider this snack to be more of a treat item, certainly not for daily consumption.
- Pro Max Lean – you can purchase this from Maxi Nutrition
It contains 20g of protein, still very reasonable for a snack item. It tastes nice but does take some getting used to. It is rather chewy and has a chocolate but synthetic flavour. If you enjoy the taste it can be consumed daily as there are only 3.3 g of sugar in these. Almost guilt free 😉
- Trek Cocoa Coconut Protein Flapjack – you can purchase this from Natural Balanced Foods
This has 9 g of protein and contains 13.5 g of sugar. Despite it being labelled a protein bar this is far from guilt free. This is a one off treat item and should be treated the same as having a biscuit. It tastes like any regular chocolate covered flapjack, very good!
- Chocolate Caramel Protein Bar GEN P – you can purchase from Maxi Nutrition
Similar to the above, it only contains 10 g of protein. It tastes very sweet and synthetic – similar to a Mars Bar (not that I’m complaining). It contains 11 g of sugar so watch out for this one as well.
Always read all the ingredients when purchasing ‘healthy’ products as their marketing is out there to fool us.
My go to health bars are now Grenade Carb Killa bars. As the name suggests, they are high in protein and low in carbs.
Lots of tasty flavours, over 23 g of protein per bar and as little as 1.4 g of sugar. Not only do they taste like regular chocolate bars but they are also extremely feeling and cut out cravings. I definitely recommend!
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