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Protein Power!

Posted Jun 07 2010 12:13pm
As part of my two week 'recovery' fitness plan I have decided to get back into Yogalates. Pilates was suggested by my physio as a good activity for my knee injury. I did an hour of the 'Yogalates for Weight Loss' DVD this morning and I really enjoyed it! I haven't done it in ages, I used to find it a bit boring and not challenging enough, but while performing the exercises I could really appreciate how making time for this kind of activity is really important for maintaining flexiblity and strength.

After I did the DVD I made breakie. I'm still on my protein kick so I had a pot of cottage cheese with strawberries and some Bear Apple Granola Nibbles.

Lunch was a wonderful smoked tofu salad. I'm just loving this tofu, it has almonds and sesame seeds in there as well and the smoked flavour makes me think of bbq chicken. I had it with cos lettuce, spinach, carrot, cucumber, red pepper, red onion, spring onion and alfalfa sprouts.

I followed it with a crunchy apple.

For the next two weeks I'm going to be replacing some of my snacks with a protein shake. This is to try and help me drop a couple of spare pounds before my holiday and the extra protein will support any muscle repair in my knee. I'm only doing this for two weeks (I'd much prefer to be eating something 'real') but I feel using these shakes is a convenient way to trim some calories but still keep me feeling full. I had a chocolate protein shake made with 1 scoop of chocolate whey and chilled water, mixed together in a shaker cup. I didn't bother taking a pic as its quite boring really! I use My Proteins True Whey .

When I got home I made a lovely dinner - a homemade spelt and egg white wrap with hummus and roasted veggies. I used some left over veggies from Saturday nights dinner - brocolli, asparagus, red pepper and red onion. I served it with a few carrot sticks and cucumber on the side.

For desert I had a bowl of protein goo made with a scoop of chocolate whey, a little milk and some coconut for added flavour and texture.

Drinks - water, green tea, decaf tea, decaf coffee

Just want to say a big hello to any newbies to the blog that may have came over from the very kind shout out from Sarah . I hope your enjoying the blog! I've also updated my recipes page (on the right hand side of the blog) with links to some of my more recent recipes if any of you want to have a look.

So, as I was saying earlier, I'm going to be hammering the protein over the next few days. I've found that my body responds to protein really well, I feel fuller when I eat plenty of it. I'm not going to be overly restricting my carbs though, I love my fruit and veggies too much! I don't always feel comfortable eating as much whey protein powder as I am at the moment, its just really handy and makes so many recipes tastier and healthier.

Whats your views on protein suppliments? Have you tried them? What brand? What were your experiences?

As well as my current stock of MyProtein True Whey I've also tried Maxi Muscle and Maxitone products and Spiru-tein - which I loved. I must order me some more Spiru-tein - I had the chocolate peanut butter and cherry jubillee flavour last time which was yummy! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
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