The holiday season can feel particularly challenging nutrition-wise. An adequate amount of protein can keep you satisfied and help maintain your muscle mass.
5 Ways to Increase Your Protein Intake This Holiday Season
As the year comes to an end, most family tables are filled with pies, casseroles, and lots of other delicious dishes. It’s the holiday season, and it is certainly tempting to indulge in all these delightful holiday creations, but overindulging can quickly throw out the window all the hard work you’ve put in throughout the year to make lean muscle gains. Having a strategy can help you overcome temptation, stay satisfied, and maintain your gains.
Reach for the Shakes
One of the biggest mistakes when having a holiday dinner is getting there so hungry that you’ll say yes to anything and everything. It’s like grocery shopping when you’re hungry. Have a protein shake about an hour before dinner. That will fill you up, and give you a good, healthy dose of protein that will help feed your muscles.
Up Your Veggie Intake
It might come as a shock to you but some veggies, like broccoli, kale, artichokes, and legumes, such as lentils, have plenty of protein. Plus, they don’t have a lot of calories so if you find side dishes at your dinner table that contain any of those, go for those. They will also keep you fuller longer and curb your appetite for sweets.
Go for Low-Fat Proteins
Fatty proteins might be tasty, but they can wreck your progress. Go for lean turkey breast, low fat or fat-free cheese, and protein powders. They will keep you satisfied and give your body what it needs to build muscle. Being picky about the main parts of your meal opens up some room for a small dessert at the end.
Eat Enough Throughout the Day
To minimize cravings and avoid overeating, fuel your body correctly throughout the day. Eating 5 to 6 small meals a day that includes some protein like slices of lean turkey or chicken, will help you accomplish this.
Consider Bringing Your Own Food
It might sound a little out there but if you’re on a strict plan or are doing your best to avoid temptations this holiday season, bringing your own food to a family/friends gathering is a good option. Desserts are a great way to include protein powder, so why not make your own and share with everyone? It could turn out so delicious, that they will never know the difference.
At Nutrishop Mountain View, you will find a wide variety of products to support your sports nutrition goals. Check out our protein support products to help give your body what it needs to maintain your gains throughout the holidays. Give us a call or stop by our store to learn more about our products.