A few weeks ago, I got SO bored of my diet. Sweet potato, broccoli, and greek yoghurt gets seriously monotonous after a while. I started browsing Instagram and Google for inspiration and started doing some research into healthy, high-protein foods that were trending. After some trying, tasting, testing, and researching, I want to share with you five foods that I think YOU should be eating right now. These foods are currently in my refrigerator and as I discover new, exciting foods with great macros, I will share those with you too. Here you go:
- Sugarsnap Peas: These crunchy, yummy veggies are often tossed into stir fry dishes or served up over-cooked as a side dish. But if you haven’t eaten them raw yet, you need to try this. They are actually sweet-tasting and super satisfying. Also, these peas are a good source of vitamin C and as we all know by know, you need vitamin C to maintain a strong immune system and fight those germs. Best of all, the calories are pretty much non-existent. Next time you’re tempted to reach for an apple or a high-sugar snack, have a few of these instead.
- Cottage Cheese: If I hear one person say to me, “I don’t eat cheese” when I suggest they eat cottage cheese, I am going to flip out. Cottage cheese (as long as it is plain, natural, and fresh) is a fantastic high-protein food that has virtually zero fat and zero carbs. In fact, 100g of the stuff (Tesco Extra Value range) has only 65 calories. You can mix in some protein powder and make it into a creamy protein super-snack, or you can put it on your eggs to boost your protein intake too. Or, eat it with some grapefruit and flaxseed for breakfast like I did today. For all your macros-obsessed people like me, the macros are on point so get on it, and get creative with it.
- Quark: For anyone on a budget who is sick of hearing people hark on about organic Greek yoghurt that retails at about £3 ($5) a tub, you seriously need to try quark. My trainer introduced me to this creamy slightly-cheesy dairy product, which has the same macros (sometimes better) as greek yoghurt. Eat it with smoked salmon, fruit, veggies, or whatever you want. Mix in herbs and make it into a dip, pretend it’s cream cheese, use it as a yoghurt substitute, mix in protein and sweeten it; but seriously, start eating it because it’s another high-protein, low-calorie food.
- Watermelon: Watermelon is the best snack to have if you are craving sugar or carbs. Yes, it has naturally-occurring sugars but not nearly as many as that candy that you are gagging for. This fruit is about 92% water and actually contains lots of antioxidants and amino acids, which makes it a great post-workout treat. It also has a reasonable potassium content, which helps prevent cramping as well. Watermelon is currently in-season, so get eating it before prices go up and availability diminishes.
- Zucchini/Courgette: This food is the latest craze in the fitness world as it is almost calorie-free and is a reasonably good source of potassium and a good source of vitamin C. In 1 cup of this veggie, there are only 19 calories! You can slice it up and grill it, roast it or add it to soups, stews, and salads. Some people, including myself, have found more creative ways to use it. People on low-carb diets have added it to their porridge (oatmeal) to increase the volume so as to trick their bodies into thinking they are eating more. It would double the volume of your oats if you are only eating 20-40g as part of a low-carb diet. I decided to add it to my protein pancakes and named them “Zancakes” because, why not? You can also join the zoodle club and spiralise it, creating an imitation of pasta noodles. Tesco have also started selling this product, but you can easily make your own.
Get creative with your food and remember that variety is important. Get your essential nutrients from different sources, and keep trying new things. Have a great week!