Easy Ways to Incorporate Protein
Protein is a crucial part of any athlete’s diet, and sometimes it’s harder to find good sources of it that will give you energy to last throughout the day. Whether you are going out on a run, to the gym, or on a ride, a substantial source of protein is essential to any athletic performance. Nuts and seeds are great sources of protein that can easily be integrated into most diets, as well as eggs, yogurt, and beans. All of these do not include meat, because sometimes you don’t have time to make breakfast sausages as you are scrambling out the door. I figured this out the hard way, so instead I have found other forms of substantial proteins. I have noticed that using these methods give me lots of energy to go on with my day.
-Putting almond butter or sunflower seed butter on toast; even better, tossing on some toasted coconut flakes!
-Adding chia seeds in overnight oats.
-Making “power toast” (almond butter, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and flaxseeds)
-Replacing cereal with eggs. Eggs have way more protein that will last throughout the day.
-EATING & INCORPORATING ALMONDS & NUTS! Putting chopped almonds and other types of nuts in yogurt or salad will increase your protein intake.
-Eating Greek yogurt, it has twice as much protein as regular yogurt!
-Topping your salad with beans, so the salad keeps you full.
-Eating edamame, because of its antioxidants and protein (a great horse show snack!)
-TFE Ambassador Lila Gamble
15 year old jumper from California