Protein doesn't just help you bulk up, it's an important component of every cell in your body. Hair and nails are made of it, and your body uses it to build and restore tissues. It is used to make enzymes, hormones, and other important chemicals. Did you know protein is a building block of more than just muscles?
So the next question is, have you had your protein today? You'd certainly expect us to recommend a good 'ol protein shake - we are, after all, in the business of making the very best shaker cups around. Just fill your shaker cup with liquid, drop in the protein powder, toss in the BlenderBall, shake and enjoy. Couldn't be easier. Yet truth is, there are several other avenues you can take to get your daily protein needs, and it's important to mix things up. Below are 5 alternate ways to get the protein you need. Toss these snacks in your GoStak and your ready to take on the world.
Beef or Turkey JerkyJerky is a great way to get your protein on the go. A one ounce serving contains about 9 grams of protein! Just make sure you steer clear of sodium and sugar-filled brands. There are a host of low-sodium, natural, and lightly flavored options, so shop around.
Trail MixTrail mix can be found in bulk just about everywhere you look, and is easy to portion out in the GoStak. You'll be getting your protein in this mix from the nuts - the healthiest contributors being the almonds. Almonds give you a great protein boost while being relatively low in fat when compared to other nuts.
Hard-Boiled EggsIt's no secret that eggs are a fantastic source of protein, and they're certainly not just for breakfast! Packing a peeled, hard-boiled egg for a quick protein-packed snack anytime of the day.
Pumpkin SeedsWith autumn among us, it seemed only logical to include this seasonal treat. Roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious and packed with protein. 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds has about 14 grams of protein, making them a great anytime snack as well as a decent pre-workout treat. Feeling adventurous? Try making them at home.
Packing an apple, pear, or a bunch of grapes? Add some cheese to compliment the fruit and add a little more protein to your day. Cheese is a satisfying snack that can help tide you over until lunch or dinner, and you'll get a boost of calcium while you're at it. The caveat here is that cheese can be high in saturated fats, so watch your portions and consider low-fat options.
What are some of your favorite protein packed snacks? Let us know in the comments below.
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