Even though experts are divided on the exact amount of protein needed for optimal health, some of the latest research suggests regular helpings of protein-packed food can help you feel fuller, longer. In fact, Donald Layman, P.h.D., is a professor emeritus of nutrition at the University of Illinois, and he states adults would benefit from eating more than the recommended daily intake of 56 grams. Protein dulls hunger and can help prevent obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
Just how can you sneak more protein into your meals? Here are four tips.
Substitute ¼ Flour Mix for Aketta Cricket Flour
The practice of eating crickets is called entomophagy, and crickets are full of protein. In fact, ounce for ounce, crickets can provide more than twice the protein of beef. Substituting ⅛ of flour to up to ¼ of flour can increase your protein intake even when you’re eating baked goods!
Also, soy and whey protein are actually pretty bad for the environment. Our push for soy protein sources have led to the clearing of rainforests and other fragile ecosystems. Whey can be harmful to the environment if disposed onto farmland or into waterways. When you choose to eat cricket flour, you can feel good about your nutrition intake AND the environment. (Find out why else eating crickets is all the craze.)
Replace Your Chips with Protein Snacks
Did you know in a survey of 1000 dieters, 40% of respondents claimed they cheat with salty snacks? You don’t have to cheat on your diet to fulfill a salt craving. Instead, opt for Aketta Whole-Roasted or Seasoned Cricket Snacks. Ranging from 130-140 calories per pack, each of our five flavors has 11 grams of protein! Other protein bars come with around 23 grams of sugar, but not Aketta.
Add Protein to Smoothies
Speaking of cravings, smoothies are a fun way to feel like you’re eating a dessert. Smoothies may be sweet from the natural sugars provided by fruit, but they can still provide protein when paired with Aketta Cricket Flour. Check out our Activated Charcoal Acai Smoothie, Blueberry Power Smoothie, Superfood Green Smoothie, Chocolate Raspberry Recovery Smoothie, and Kiwi Smoothie recipes!
Meal Prep in Advance!
The final tip in adding protein to your life is to plan your meals in advance. Cheating on good meal choices is much easier to do when you haven’t thought out what you want to eat. Take a look at our recipes for good meal prep ideas. And fear not for snacking! With snack-packs and upcoming granola options, you have plenty of healthy meal options.