If you’re a regular gym-goer, you will know that protein is an important part of your diet if you want to build and maintain muscle. Even if you only exercise occasionally, protein is essential if you want to make your workouts count. Whilst I know that getting the right amount into my body is essential if I want to get the most out of my workouts and reap the best benefits, I often struggle to reach the recommended intake for my weight which is 47g per day (you should have 0.8g of protein for every kg of body weight).
I eat a lot of meat, particularly chicken and steak, which is a great source of protein but I tend to get the rest of my intake through protein shakes using whey powder. Whilst there are plenty of flavours to choose from so you don’t get bored, drinking copious amounts of shakes is not always enjoyable. I try to mix it up by adding servings to my fruit smoothies and baked goods such as cookies and cakes.
MaxiNutrition*, the UK’s leading sports nutrition brand, have a great selection of recipes on their website which offer great inspiration if you are struggling to increase your intake naturally. The vanilla and almond night time smoothie is on the top of my list of recipes to try at the moment! MaxiNutrition provide a range of great tasting recipes to help you reach your health and fitness goals, whatever they may be.
It’s only over the last couple of years or so that I’ve really stepped up my game in the gym and started to push myself harder by varying my workouts, lifting weights and setting goals for myself. Eating healthy has always been a downfall of mine and trying to meet my recommended intake of protein is a challenge. I’m always looking for new ways I can incorporate it into my normal eating pattern.
How do you get your daily protein intake? Please feel free to share any of your recipes in the comments below.
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