It's no secret that breakfast is the most important meal of the day (other than dessert of course) and we're here to help you seize the day one meal at a time.
1. Manage blood-sugar levels
Protein assists in slowing down the body's absorption of carbs to keep blood-sugar levels more stable. Processed cereals and some bread can often include refined sugars and additives which spike blood-sugar levels. If by 10am, you're feeling fatigue or hungry you may not be including enough protein in your diet. Easy snacks such as trail mix or roasted chickpeas are a flavoursome way to include more protein in your diet.
2. Improve your mood
If you're feeling a little tired during the day, protein can assist in increasing the levels of amino acid (tyrosine) in your body and as a result produce dopamine and norepinephrine. This will allow your mood and energy to pick up and your brain to function at a more optimal level.
3. Take control of your weight
Almost half of Australians skip breakfast during their day and this could be having a detrimental effect to their weight goals. Protein is renowned for supressing hunger and therefore satiates you between meals and snacks. Studies have shown that protein blocks some of the hunger hormones such as ghrelin from your brain. Shakes are a great way to get your protein in and consume on-the-go. They can be prepped the night before hand, added to overnight oats or to a low-sugar cereal.
4. Boost your session
Consuming protein after a workout can help contribute to muscle mass growth and bone maintenance. The amino acids found within protein is vital for tissue repair and the growth of cells. Alternatively, eating a protein bar or snack before working out can help reduce the impact working out has on your workout. In turn, this can create muscle protein synthesis. Homemade protein balls are the perfect pre-workout snack that won't leave you feeling overly full to exercise.