Spring is here & Summer is coming
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 | Admin
Spring is here and summer is coming!
While January might be well and truly behind us, what lies before us is "Bikini Bod" season. The spring scurry to the gym or the late New Year resolution bloomers are now in full bloom. Like with everything, take it one step at a time! We can't wait for the sunshine either!
One thing that is a hot topic at the moment, and goes hand in hand with the bikini bod is PROTEIN. Why is everyone suddenly on the protein band wagon? What is it? What does it do? Do I need it? How much is enough?
Simply put protein is the essential raw ingredient (which is made up of amino acids) that our bodies need to grow and repair muscle, tendons, ligaments, skin, cartilage and bone. Your body will also use protein to build enzymes, hormones and other bodily chemicals. Protein keeps you fuller for longer and can help prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
For the average person who doesn't do any additional exercise 0.8g of protein per kilo of body weight is the recommended minimum requirement. For someone who is active and engaging in a physical activity anywhere between 1.2g- 2.0gdependant on their level of intensity.
Can you eat too much protein?
Protein isn’t particularly dangerous, but an over-consumption of protein may be associated with:
So like always balance is key!
Protein power snack
Spicy roasted chickpeas:
-1 can of organic chickpeas
-1tsp chili flakes
-1/2 - 1 tsp cayenne
-1 tsp ground cumin
-1/2 tsp of garlic powder
-1tbsp of olive oil
-pinch of salt & pepper
-Drain the chickpeas and dry them off in a kitchen towel so the outer skin peels off.
-Mix spices in a bowl with the oil and add the chickpeas. Stir to coat them all.
-Pop onto a baking tray and put in oven for 30-35mins.
The Superl!fe Team.