If you are trying to lose weight then you may already know that having a diet rich in protein would be a good way to aiding your goal.
Protein-rich foods are slow to digest so will help keep you feeling fuller for longer.
This also ensures that you do not experience any of those blood sugar highs and then subsequent falls you may experience with quick-digesting carbs.
If you intend to workout then protein is also essential as it can help repair and build lean muscle. This will then lead to your metabolism increasing, which in turn allows you to burn off extra calories and fat.
The problem is that for some of you, you may not be able to get enough protein from food into your diet. So what can you do?
Here are some simple ways to add more protein to your diet.
#1: Add Cottage Cheese to Yoghurts
While yoghurt has some protein in it, the amount is certainly not as much as you would find in cottage cheese.
Unfortunately cottage cheese for some is an acquired taste, but if you mix the two together you can experience the best of both worlds.
For an extra added bonus, if you sprinkle a few flax seeds too then you will be adding healthy fat to the mixture too.
#2: Use Milk when preparing Oatmeal
Some of us will prepare oatmeal using water, but doing so would mean that you are missing a trick to adding protein to your diet.
By using milk instead of water you will increase your protein intake (a single cup contains around 10 grams of protein).
It is also a good source of calcium, which is good for bone strength.
#3: Add Salmon to Salads
For some of you who diet you may eat a few salads throughout the week, and while these are no-doubt low in calories they are lacking a few nutrients, namely protein.
A simple solution would be to add a can of tuna or salmon to it.
Both are a good source of protein and healthy omega-3 fats, which are good for your overall health.
#4: Add Protein Powder to Baked Goods
If you are a fan of baking (cakes, muffins, cookies etc) then you can increase your protein intake by simply replacing half the flour in most recipes with protein powder.
Depending on which flavour you use, you could add a unique twist to your usual offerings.