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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

#InfinitTips: 4 Quick Tips to Increase Your Protein Intake!

Struggling to meet your protein requirements each day? We've compiled some of our most used tips and tricks to upping your protein intake so you can meet your goals and make GAINZ! But first, do you know how much protein you are supposed to be taking in? For your average adult 19 years or older, you should be having 0.8g of protein per each kilogram of your body weight, per day. This will sustain you throughout your daily activities and ensure you are healthy. However, if you are regularly staying active through resistance or endurance training, you should be taking upwards of 1.3-1.8g of protein per kilo of body weight daily.

1. Switch up your snacks. Most snacks we consume throughout the day are low protein foods like granola bars, pretzels or cookies. Swap these out for some high protein snacks like greek yogurt, trail mix or protein bars for on-the-go sources of protein.

2. Embrace protein powder and protein drinks. One of the easiest ways to quickly boost your protein intake is to embrace the benefits of protein powder or protein drinks. Averaging around 20g of protein, mix up some powder with water, milk or even in a smoothie for a post-workout recovery drink or a mid-day snack. Infinit Raw contains 20g of protein per serving, and comes in flavourless (great for smoothies and cooking) or Chocolate. Want the benefits of both protein and improved recovery? Pick up a recovery drink that is designed to increase your protein, generate muscle growth, and kickstart your muscle repair and recovery. Infinit Repair contains 15g of protein, and Infinit Rescue contains 25g per servings. #InfinitTip: Make sure you are consuming your protein drink within 30 minutes of completing your workout! 

3. More than just meat. Though most people think of meat as the go-to source for protein, there are so many more foods that can be incorporated in your everyday meals (or even side dishes!) that will boost your protein count. Beans, nuts, seeds, legumes, and even produce are great alternatives for meat. Did you know one cup of cooked spinach has 5g of protein? Toss that into a 3 egg omelet in the morning with a side of greek yogurt and 2TBSP of raw almonds and you've got a protein-packed breakfast - a whopping 36 grams of protein and only 500 calories.

4. Be prepared and plan ahead. Though this will take a little extra time out of your day, designate a few hours at the beginning of the week to plan out some meals and food prep! Having snacks and meals readily available will not only be convenient throughout the week, but it will ensure you are eating healthy AND getting in lots of protein!

Have some of your own tips to share? Leave a comment below - we would love to read them!