Did my post title remind anyone else of Punky Power?!? I totally said it that way in my head! 😀
Ok, maybe I’m weird.
I’m trying to amp-up my protein intake with the hope of satisfying my out-of-control sugar cravings. A lot of people left comments and emailed me to say that eating more protein (and fat) helped them combat their nasty cravings, so I’m giving it a try!
Mid-morning, I snacked on a couple of handfuls of honey roasted peanuts.
My Registered Dietitian friend, Rachel, also said the same thing about protein and sugar cravings. She recommends including a lean protein with all of your meals. Rachel says the average women needs about 50 to 60g of protein per day.
Here are a bunch of the protein counts that she shared with me:
- Chicken/fish: 3 oz = 25g protein
- Beans (including soy): 1/2 cup = 8g protein
- Hummus: 1/4 cup = 8g protein
- Firm Tofu: 2oz = 9g protein
- Tempeh: 1.5 oz = 10g
- Silken tofu: 3oz = 5g
- 8 oz low fat milk = 7g
- 6 oz low fat yogurt = 6g (greek yogurt has up to 13g per 6oz)
- 1 oz cheese = 7g
- 1 egg = 8g
- Nuts: 1/4 cup = 7 to 11g depending on the nut or seed
- 2 Tbsp nut butter = about 7g depending on the nut
Adding protein to each meal and snack helps you to not only meet your protein needs through the day, but also to slow down how fast your blood sugar rises and to help keep you feeling fuller for longer.
For lunch, I looked to tofu for some satisfying protein.
After pressing the water from the tofu, I sliced it, added some buffalo sauce, and baked it in the oven on 475*F until the edges started to brown.
Then, I made an open-faced buffalo tofu sandwich using two slices of whole wheat bread.
On the side, I had some roasted brussels sprouts.
And two Lindor chocolate balls. I thought one would do the trick, but I went back for a second one.
A little while later, my sweet tooth kicked in really hard (maybe I shouldn’t have had that second chocolate ball?), so I made myself a mug of Eggnogg’n tea with a splash of soy milk.
The tea sort of satisfied my sugar craving, but not well enough. I ended up eating a small piece of fruit cake along with it, which worked, but I think just waiting until my stomach and brain registered lunch made the difference. The tea helped slow me down a bit, too. Maybe sweet tea is the answer? Hmm?
What are your favorite sources of protein? I’m looking for ideas!