What To Eat
What To Eat
Are You Eating Protein and Produce at Every Meal and Snack?
I teach my fat loss clients to keep their nutrition plan simple and to focus on creating healthy, fat-burning meals based around whole food proteins and fresh produce.
Protein provides a lasting source of energy so you stay satisfied, and when you are satisfied you are not eating mindless snacks. Plus, protein is essential for boosting your metabolism. Not only does it cause your body to burn more calories to digest, but protein is also the essential component of your muscles.
Produce is simply your fruits and veggies, full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber.
By creating meals and snacks that are based around protein and produce, you not only feel energized and satisfied, but you can reach your body shaping goals that much faster!
To help you kick start your meal planning process, here’s a list of must-have animal and plant protein sources.
Best Animal-Based Protein Foods
- Fowl like Chicken/Turkey
- Fish/Seafood (wild salmon and tuna)
- Dairy – kind of…
I am not a fan of milk; however, dairy products such as Greek yogurt are an excellent source of protein, and at times I have cottage cheese.
Best Plant-Based Protein Foods
- Legumes/Beans (lentils, black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, etc.)
- Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, etc.)
- Whole Grains (These are unprocessed grains—quinoa, kamut, millet, sprouted grains items)
- Soy (organic, unprocessed, fermented soy)
I personally do not eat soy based on the conflicting information that I find. This is an individual choice, and if you choose to eat soy, just make sure it is not processed—go for organic, fermented soy like tempeh and miso.