When it comes to getting your diet on track, one of the most common issues that many people struggle with is getting in enough protein. This will be especially the case if you’re a part or full vegetarian because you’re going to restrict the most solid form of protein available, animal products.
Fortunately, with some sneaky tricks you can get more protein into your diet and meet your requirements so you can maintain lean muscle tissue. Here are some ideas to consider.
Stir Protein Powder Into Your Morning Bowl of Oatmeal
One way you can both enhance the flavour of your morning bowl of oatmeal as well as boost the overall protein content is to stir a bit of protein powder right into your bowl after its finished cooking. Note that you may want to use slightly more water than normal because some protein powders will make it much thicker after it’s added, so this will be something to guess and test for yourself based on the particular brand you use.
If you’re really looking to make a complete meal out of it, stir in some chocolate protein powder along with a tablespoon of natural peanut butter for healthy fats and you’re ready to start your day.
Use Cottage Cheese Rather Than Sour Cream
Second, consider using cottage cheese in replacement of sour cream in some of your recipes. For example, rather than topping your baked potato with sour cream, spoon on a quarter cup of cottage cheese, a tablespoon of salsa, and then sprinkle with some chopped green onion.
Each quarter cup of cottage cheese provides 8 grams of protein total, so it’s a very simple way to get a quick boost when you otherwise wouldn’t.
Other good uses for cottage cheese include using it to create cream based sauces rather than using cheese or butter or again replacing it for sour cream in any dips you’re preparing.
Add Egg Whites To Broth Based Soup
Egg whites are a very versatile source of protein and are very low in calories so great for the serious dieter. If you pour three to four egg whites into a pot of cooking broth based soup, they will cook themselves very rapidly and will be a nice light added touch to the recipe.
Many soups are quite devoid in overall protein in the first place, so this is a very wise move.
Toss A Few Shrimp Into Your Salad
Finally, the last simple method to sneak more protein into your day is to toss a few cooked shrimp into your bowl of salad. Shrimp is another solid source of protein and contains no fat or calories, so it’s a simple addition to make to any diet.
Whether you’re having a Caesar salad or a regular greens salad, the shrimp add nice flavour.
Not getting enough protein in your daily diet is one of the biggest mistakes that’s often made on a fat loss protocol so double check over your current intake and be sure you’re getting enough. If you aren’t, it’s time to make some simple changes to your meal plan.