Our guide to helping you get the best from high protein foods to support an active lifestyle
There was a time when high protein foods like red meat, pulses and eggs were linked with high blood pressure and considered very unhealthy. But things have changed. A recent US study revealed that people with mild hypertension had an estimate 8% reduction in the risk of heart disease and stroke through lowering blood pressure and cholesterol by taking a protein supplement. What’s more, protein is an important nutrient to help build muscle and aid in muscle recovery, so as part of an active and healthy lifestyle, a high protein diet can be good for your health, and aid in maintaining a normal blood pressure.
Here are six high protein foods to give your diet a protein boost:
1. It’s all in the timing
Typical breakfasts and lunches tend to be high on carbohydrates while dinners are packed full with protein, but it’s actually better to spread your protein intake throughout the day. There are some great high protein recipes available online, such as banana oat muffins.
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3. Crack out the eggs
4. Nuts on the go
Nuts like almonds and pistachios are high in protein, but do have a high fat content. Unlike other typically fatty snacks, such as chocolate, nuts are packed with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids that can have a positive effect on reducing cholesterol.
5. Pulses for protein
6. Meaty issue
Red meat is a good source of protein but is also very fatty and has been linked to increasing your risk of bowel cancer. The recommended daily intake of red and processed meat for adults is 70g. Swap red meat for chicken, turkey or game for a lean protein option. It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good steak from time to time! Just make it a treat versus a habit.