In preparation for the Tough Mudder, I’ve been trying to work on building up a little bit of muscle. P90x has been a huge factor in reaching that goal, but another key player is protein. I’ve been trying to work a lot more of it into my diet, which is no easy feat for a lactose-free vegetarian.
To put things into perspective, it’s recommended that the average woman take in about 46 grams of protein per day. However, athletes and people trying to build a little muscle mass have to take in more. Currently, I’m trying to get consume close to 150 grams of protein a day!
That means I pretty much need every meal and snack to contain a significant amount of protein. I usually make a protein smoothie for breakfast (that’s 50 grams right there!), but I’ve been trying to get creative with my other meals.
One of my favorite creations so far is this Protein Packed Power Salad!
It’s filled with protein rich goodies like dark leafy greens, good-for-you grains, and legumes.
The beauty of this salad is once you have the base protein sources down, you can mix in whatever you like! Swap out the tomatoes for beets or add some sprouts. You can take the protein up even further with some healthy nuts – like raw almonds!
Here’s the recipe so you can get fit and full with a focus on protein! If you follow this recipe, the salad boosts about 20 grams of protein!
What are some creative ways you get protein into your diet?