10 {Surprise} Protein Sources

Monday, October 19, 2015
Good morning! How was your weekend? Ours was really great.

Friday I was met with an amazing surprise at my chiropractic appointment. I was cleared to go to the gym AND to a spinning class!!!! What????!!!!!!

After 6 weeks of being on very very limited exercise, it pretty much felt like Christmas.

SaturdayI suited up in the dark, at 6:30am, to make it to a 7:00 class.

I spy a baby bump making it's way back into the gym...

As much as I wanted to go in there and just kill it, I didn't. I went in, left my ego at the door, and took it very moderately, respecting my body and all of the hard work it has been doing to heal.
Just to get moving like that, felt incredible though.

Sunday I kept it simple and did 30 minutes of yoga at home, plus this easy strength and core workout:

15 Squats
10 Modified Push Ups
15 Wall Slide
10 Upright Row
15 Leg Raises
10 Overhead Extension

(2 Rounds)

I'm taking it slow, but feeling so good to be getting back in the saddle!

Everyone loves protein. It's always a big topic in almost every health circle. And rightfully so, as protein helps your body repair cells and make new ones. Adult women need about 46 grams per day and pregnant or breastfeeding women need about 70 grams per day. Athletes need even more, depending on their training goals.

It comes in many sizes, shapes and forms. The most widely talked about being meats, eggs and dairy, which are all great sources of protein. But, there are a ton of other fantastic protein sources hiding right under our noses!

10 {Surprise} Protein Sources

1. Hemp Seeds 10 grams of protein in 3 tablespoons

Oh I love hemp seeds. They can easily be made into hemp milk, used to top cereal, thrown into muffins, cookies or protein balls! We even blend them with zucchini and marinara sauce, to make green pizza sauce.

2. Baked Potato 6 grams

They also have lots of magnesium, folate, potassium, Vitamin B-6 and Vitamin C.

3. Sundried Tomatos 7.6 grams of protein per cup

I just toss them into a salad for an extra kick of protein. Or onto your pasta dish!

4. Rice and Beans 7 grams per cup

As a side dish this packs a pretty good protein punch!

5. Peas 8 grams per cup

Peas are part of the legume family, and are high in protein. You can actually make a yummy pesto with peas. Blend peas, pine nuts, olive oil, lemon and parmesan cheese. I've seen recipes where the lemon is switched out with mint, as well.

6. Pumpkin Seeds 19 grams per half cup

Pumpkin seeds, like a lot of other seeds, are a protein powerhouse. I toss them on a salad, in yogurt, or eat them plain, in the car.

7. Edamame Beans 17 grams per cup

Edamame beans are delicious to eat alone, or to throw into chili and soup.

8. Spinach 6 grams per cup

If your salads are as ridiculously huge as mine, you can easily double this number with a healthy sized spinach salad. Another way to sneak in a serving of spinach is to blend it into a smoothie. You can't even taste it. This is an easy way to get kids to enjoy spinach as well.

9. Oats 26 grams per cup

I always forget about oats! They have so much protein and you can do so many things with them. We love overnight oats in our house. Here is our favorite, fast and easy Overnight Oats Recipe.

10. Avocado 7 grams per fruit

As if there weren't enough reasons to love avocados. We love to eat them with a little lemon juice, a tiny bit of salt, and a spoon...right out of the peel!

Enjoy your protein packed day!

What's your favorite surprise source of protein? 

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