Protein Inspired Lunch Box Ideas For Kids

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My friends and I are hooked on our new protein for women regime, however, it’s easy to forget our little ones need protein too!

protein for womenIt may be easy to throw prepackaged foods into a lunch box but with a little planning you can make a kid friendly meal that will keep your little one going all afternoon at school or camp. To keep energy levels up its best to have well balanced, tasty and healthy high protein snacks at the ready. Buying over processed foods are costly and are filled with sugars and salt.

Let your child choose their own lunchbox but consider a box that is insulated so you can send dip for fresh vegetables, fruit yogurt and juice. Allowing your child to choose and prepare their own lunch will pique their interest in the meal and likely ensure that they eat it. You can help guide young kids with healthy choices and portion sizes.

Some healthy foods your child can choose from may include:

  • Whole grain bread or crackers;
  • Peanut butter;
  • Light canned tuna fish;
  • Raw vegetables that can be cut into snack size slices; and
  • Fruits.

Encourage your child to make sandwiches with whole grain breads, bagels, tortillas or wraps (fun if they are colourful). Some practical lunch tips may consist of a sandwich made with peanut butter and jelly; lean meat or tuna fish; cut up vegetables; fruit; milk and 100% juice. You can also mix diced chicken with chopped grapes and light mayonnaise for a yummy chicken salad. An old favourite is slicing bananas and adding them to peanut butter sandwiches. Make crunchy vegetables more appealing by choosing colourful varieties. Keep them smiling by giving them cantaloupe or watermelon cut into fun shapes this can be done by using cookie cutters. A low fat yogurt, whole wheat crackers and fruit. Stew in a thermos with a whole wheat roll and fruit. Dried fruit is a good substitute for fresh fruit too. A slice of thin crust pizza and some fruit or vegetables.

Hopefully some of these tips will help you and your child with the daily task of lunch box planning. If you’re looking for more info on my aforementioned protein regime check out my other posts or sara’s blog at www.bestproteinpowderFORwomen.me


Which Protein Powder is Best?

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Protein powders used to be associated with jocks and gym junkies but over the last couple of years have become a lot more mainstream. That’s right, you don’t have to be a male bodybuilder who lives at the gym, people from all different demographics (young/old, male/female) all use protein powder on a everyday basis. You might have noticed the sudden spike in protein supplement companies that seem to have popped up on every corner to meet the needs of this ever growing group of people. This endless list of choices might seem daunting at first but this kind of demand from customers means that not only do we have a lot more choices but we have also created a competitive market which means protein prices have never been lower.

Picking the best protein powder for you…

Here’s a few questions you could be asking yourself:

1. What flavours do I like?

2. What am I wanting to get out of it? For example: do you want to lose weight/gain muscle etc

3. Do I need my protein powder to be vegetarian, vegan or gluten free?

The most important of these questions is obviously what you are looking to gain –  or in other words, what are you objectives?

If you are seeking a protein powder to use right after completing physical exercise (particularly weights), then a whey isolate protein or whey protein would be a good choice. Whey Protein Powder digest quite speedily and will make recovery time for your muscles a lot shorter.

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If you are looking to use protein protein powder in a smoothie or as a meal supplement then you should be looking at a protein powder that digests a lot slower, so it will fill you up for longer. Casein Protein would be a excellent selection.

If you are a bodybuilder you could also have casein proteins at bedtime to assist in muscle restoration, stop muscle mass breakdown and also speed up recovery time. Just a note though, casein powder is much thicker than whey protein powder so might not be ideal for fruit smoothies. If you really want to just Casein Proteins but don’t like the thickness you could look into a blended protein powder which will include both.

Hopefully this article was helpful for you today! Thanks Gems!

Love, Gianna! x


Breakfast Protein Shakes…

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I often get asked what time of the day is best for drinking protein shakes and I always answer the same way every single time. Protein shakes are great for breakfast. Why? Protein Powder can help you lose weight, gain lean muscle mass, and give you that extra kickstart in the morning. Adding protein powder to your morning shakes means you will get the appropriate calories, and have that energy you need to do all your morning activities. In the morning your metabolism it at it’s all time peak and adding protein to your breakfast will help you drop fat. Used in the right manor it can also help develop lean muscle tissue and also helps your muscles recover quicker from a workout.

If you are looking to both build lean muscle and lose some excess body weight, then you should be looking at a diet plan that has smaller meals, more often. These plans usually consist of a protein shake in the early morning for or with breakfast and then later in the afternoon again as a snack. Of course you would be eating your regular meals in-between these but in smaller portions.  The best way to stick to a diet plan like this is to get into a comfortable routine that won’t have you running for the door (or that piece of cheesecake). It also helps to have some protein shakes that are actually yummy. I’ve picked out a couple below, take a look and let me know what you think!

What could I put in my smoothies?

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You’ll be looking to have a protein shake most days of the week so it’s important that you enjoy them!  You’ll be surprised how much goodness you can pack into one glass. You can add berries including strawberries, blue berries etc; Nuts: almonds, cashews, hazelnuts; Greens: Rocket, Spinach etc.Remember you’ll need a liquid to turn it into a drink! You can add milk, skim milk, almond milk, ice-cream, water, coconut water etc.

Picking what protein powder to put into your shakes can be a little trickier. If you’re a woman, I recommend checking out my all time favourite site for comparing protein powders: www.BestProteinPowderForWomen.me or if you are a man, maybe check out something more like:www.menshealth.com

My Favorite Recipes…

Yogurt Shake:

Yogurt is a great source of casein protein!

Add 1 cup of low fat yogurt to 1 cup of h2o and then simple add your favorite fruit! I love to add raspberries to this one but you can add whatever you fancy! Adding ice cubes will make it a little thicker. Mix it and enjoy it!

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Vanilla Shake:

Vanilla doesn’t have to be boring! Include 1 (or two depending on your diet plan) scoops of vanilla whey protein for women to 1 cup of skim or almond milk. To this include one tablespoon of dry almonds, half cup of yummy berries and ice cubes. Blend and enjoy!

Banana Shake:

I put banana in almost all of my smoothies! For this one add one scoop of your favourite protein powder, to one banana and 2 cups of almond or soy milk depending on your taste preferences. If you are really watching your calories you can always just use chilled water. Include some dry cashews and raisins and you’re done! Again, you can add ice if you would like to make it thicker especially if you are only using water as your liquid.

And that’s it my little gems! Let me how you go with these recipes! I love hearing from all of our readers!


Curious about Gaining Muscle AND Losing Weight?

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You might be surprised to learn that Protein Shakes can be used to gain muscle and lose weight! Combined with the right health and fitness program of course! So today we’ll be answering a bunch of FAQ’s on this subject! Enjoy!

Can I really lose weight by drinking protein shakes?

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The short answer is yes.

For people who are looking to shed a couple of pounds, protein shakes can be utilised as meal replacements. They contain very few carbs and a heap of protein so they will make you feel full without packing on the calories. If you are serious about using protein shakes to lose weight or as a meal alternative, make sure you are using skim milk and sugar free ice cream or frozen yogurt. If you are really watching those calories, water will work nicely too.

Shakes are also a great way to get a whole bunch of vitamins you might not usually be getting. Try throwing in some spinach leaves and a handful of fruit! Yum!

 

What about Weight Gain?

A great workout plan matched with a healthy diet and protein shakes can be a great method to gaining more muscle. If you are striving to bulk up and gain muscle mass, you should get a protein powder with a lot of protein per scoop – 20g is a good estimate.

How many shakes per day?

This is really up to your current health plan but you should expect around one protein shake every day, normally in the early morning with breakfast to really kick start the day.

What should I put in my protein shakes?

There are almost endless combinations of protein smoothies so it’s really what you prefer. You could try adding fruit and vegetables, milk (or soy), ice, water etc.

Here’s a quick recipe to get you started:

Ingredients

1 banana

2 cubes of ice

1 cup of water

2 cups of milk

Chocolate protein powder

Blend it all together and there you go!

We hope this article was helpful for you today! We love hearing from you so please post below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

 


How to pick a great Vegetarian Protein Powder

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So you’re looking for a great vegetarian protein powder? You’ve come to the right place! And lucky for us, there are a lot more vegetarian and vegetable protein powders accessible than there were even a couple of years ago. Thank goodness we don’t have to find ourselves choosing between a whey protein shake and a gross glass of raw eggs. When you’re deciding on what vegetable protein powder is correct for you, you will have to ask yourself a couple of questions.

1. What is your price range?

2. Do you need a vegan protein powder?

3. What type are you looking for? Whey, soy or egg?

I usually start my working day off with a big glass of vegetable protein powder shake very early in the morning to give my body a rapid dose of protein (and nutrients) because I’ve just gone around eleven hours without having anything of substance (I always try to not eat 3 hours before sleeping to avoid inflammation).  So in short, the details you should be really focusing on for vegetable protein powders:

Banana milkshake with fruit composition1. You could blend protein powders to help offer you a lot more complete amino acids.

2. One scoop of rice and one of pea are a great combination

3. Always include fruit.

4. Try to start your day with a shake to really kick things off!

Ok my little Vegetarian Gems, I hope this article was helpful for you!  Please leave a comment below to let me know what I should be writing about next!

Love, Gianna.