Powerful protein ideas for you
by Rachel Jesson
in Blogs

Packing your meals with protein really helps you to feel the punch while you are training hard. It creates a stamina that keeps you performing at your best and looks after your muscles when it’s all over. 

It is always best to select superior quality foods in their raw organic state, because these are filled with enzymes that are beneficial, healthy and kinder to your system. They are also free of chemicals, pesticides, hormones and so forth. Paying a bit more for higher quality foods will affect the way that your body performs. We hardly have a stray thought about the price of the best gym shoes, but always think twice about organic or naturally-grown produce versus the commercial, cheaper farmed versions. When you really think about it, which do you honestly believe will work better for you in the long run?

Frittata (click here for the recipe)

The frittata is a great way to get vegetables in without noticing you’re eating so many. You could also have a chicken, beef, lamb or fish stir-fry the night before and use the leftovers to make a speedy frittata for breakfast the next morning. Adding grass-fed meats to your breakfast boosts your protein intake, leaving you feeling fuller for longer, with generally better training results. Any extras from this meal could double up in a lunch or the next day’s breakfast, as you can heat it up safely in your steamer. Adding shelled hemp seeds further increases the protein levels of this meal. Serve with a side salad and/or a piece of toast and enjoy.

Seasonal homemade chicken soup (click here for the recipe)

Add any vegetables that are in season. Change to enjoy different flavours. A can of tinned tomatoes gives this soup a gorgeous dimension. If you buy a whole chicken that includes the neck, heart and feet, add them in too. Your body will be thanking you for the extra collagen and gelatine!

Real soup, made from bones, is really good for the digestive system because it contains gelatine that is able to stimulate and support the digestive tract. Gelatine naturally binds to water and helps food to move more easily through the digestive tract. The minerals gained from such a soup stock are extremely nutritious and in a highly absorbable form, resulting in an electrolyte solution far superior to Gatorade. Unprocessed gelatine is pure and provides important amino acids: it’s largely composed of glycine and proline. Not only are these needed for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but they are important for immune function and weight regulation. Glycine can also act as an anti-inflammatory and can help improve ease and quality of sleep.

Super-charged protein smoothie with raw cocoa, maca, chia and hemp seeds (click here for the recipe)

Raw cacao is super-rich in antioxidants and blood-oxygenating iron and manganese, which means it packs us with energy. It also contains theobromine, which stimulates the cardiovascular system, relaxes smooth muscle, dilates blood vessels and has been used to treat high blood pressure. Theobromine has about a quarter of the stimulating power of its sister molecule, caffeine.

Maca’s dense nutritional profile in terms of proteins and minerals, adaptogenic qualities, hormonal support and its ability to oxygenate blood, makes it a compulsory food for athletes seeking peak performance status.

Chia seeds contain all the essential amino acids, except taurine, making them an excellent source of protein for athletes. The combination of essential fats, fibre and protein makes chia an excellent food for improving endurance and fitness and helping to maintain flexibility in the joints.

Hemp contains all 20 amino acids, including the eight essential amino acids. Approximately two thirds of the protein in hemp is made up of edestin, which is considered to be the backbone of the cell’s DNA. The other third is albumin, similar to that found in egg whites. Hemp protein is also free of trypsin inhibitors that block protein absorption.