When you are trying to lose weight or gain muscle (or both), it is extremely important to get ample amount of protein. It helps you stay full longer and gives your muscles the “food” they need to grow big and strong.
However, if you’re like most people, you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen in the name of good health. So, what are some meals that are quick, healthy, and contain enough protein to help you reach your health and fitness goals?
Here are a few to consider:
- Mixed Berry and Walnut Turkey Salad – You’ll get a high dose of vitamins and minerals in the mixed berries (think blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries) and leafy greens in this salad, but the walnuts and turkey (which you can use shredded lunchmeat) will also pack a protein punch that is sure to fuel your body and keep you satisfied for hours. You can even swap the walnuts with pecans or almonds if you prefer and top it with a little vinaigrette that will give your mouth a little bit of zing.
- Tuna Salad Sandwich – Mix a can of tuna with a little bit of olive oil, green peppers, onions, salt, and pepper and you have a sandwich filling that is high in protein and healthy fats, as well as in taste. Put it on whole wheat bread or a pita for a meal that fills you up without filling you out.
- Greek Omelet – The great things about omelets is that they are quick to cook up. Simply mix some eggs, feta cheese, and diced tomatoes in a bowl before placing them in a nice hot skillet with just a touch of olive oil. Once your omelet is done, put some mild peppers on it and you’ve got a fast and easy meal that will help your muscles grow.