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Protein Packed!

Posted May 19 2010 12:00am

Wahoo for protein! Proteins are made up of amino acids that are used just about everywhere in your body. Hair and nails are mostly made from protein.  Your body also uses protein to build and repair tissues, make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

After a hard workout, I drink down a yummy protein shake to get that protein back into my body. This is because protein is needed to help rebuild muscles. You see, during my workout, I am breaking down my muscles in order to get stronger. The protein is needed as soon as possible after my workout to build the muscles back up. If I were to wait, my muscles would start eating itself to get extra energy. That would NOT be good!

Here is the yummy delicious protein shake I made today. It’s like a chocolate-dipped strawberry in a cup!

Ingredients: Frozen Strawberries, unsweetened almond milk, Vega chocolate protein powder, and extra chocolate powder

Place in a blender. I put in a bunch of strawberries, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 tablespoon chocolate powder, and poured in enough almond milk to cover 3/4 of the strawberries.

Voila

And we are done! I poured the shale into my adorable Tigger mug. Which is about 2 servings (or 1 if I’m really hungry).

Next protein packed meal: Power Packed Sandwich: Good Enough for a Gladiator! (nice name, huh?)

I had to pack my lunch today, so I used my Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from yesterday. First I spread the hummus on some thin pumpernickel bread (I really have no idea what the name of it is…). Next, I layered the sandwich with fresh red peppers, tomatoes, spinach and turkey! That’s it.

Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:

Where do you get your protein from?

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