This post is sponsored by Supashape
By Stephanie Röhrs, registered dietician; photographs by www.amandacusto.com
The Power of Protein
Supashape offers a range of high quality nutritional products and great-tasting guilt-free functional foods, which cater to the needs of those wanting to improve the appearance of their bodies and enjoy a healthier and active lifestyle.
Supashape helps support you every step of the active journey and helps you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.
Carbohydrates, protein and fats are the three major components of food, also known as macro-nutrients. Various foods provide us with different macro-nutrients.
So, why is protein so important? Protein-rich foods provide our bodies with the “building blocks” it needs. Our bodies use these building blocks (amino acids) all day, every day. Protein is used to make up enzymes, hormones and muscles. Protein is necessary to build your immune system and carry nutrients through the body. When you injure yourself, protein is needed to repair the damage. Protein is also necessary to keep your digestive system, your bones, muscles, hair and nails – which are all constantly being replenished – strong and healthy.
What happens if you don’t eat enough protein? When your body isn’t getting enough protein, you might experience a lack of energy and feel lethargic. You might notice changes in the condition of your hair, nails or skin. Recommended protein intake is 0.8 to 1g protein per kilogram of body weight per day, providing sufficient protein for optimal use in active individuals (International Society of Sports Nutrition). This means you should include protein with every meal and snack to fulfil your requirements. Timing of protein intake is important – it’s ideal to have a snack containing protein and carbohydrates (e.g. Supashape Protein Cookies or Protein Pancakes) under three hours before exercise as well as right after a workout.
Protein is essential for a healthy body. Are there added benefits of consuming good quality protein as part of your diet? Yes, by including protein with most meals and snacks, you feel fuller quickly and for longer between meals. Protein-rich foods stimulate your metabolism, meaning that protein digestion uses more energy. A diet that is well balanced contains enough good quality protein as well as healthy carbohydrates, good quality fats, lots of fresh vegetables and fruits.
It’s important to remember that your body can only use protein from your diet if it has the energy to do so. A healthy, balanced diet and living an active lifestyle are essential for optimum protein use.
For the best results combine a healthy, balanced diet, an active lifestyle, eight glasses of water a day (delicious when adding Supashape Flavour Infusions) and our secret weapon, Supashape Ultra CLA.
Metabolism-Boosting Recipe: Berry Pancake Delight
— Supashape High Protein Banana Toffee pancake mix
— 1 Cup blueberries and strawberries
— Half cup water
— 2 Tablespoons Xylitol
— 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
— 2 Teaspoons corn flour
— Pinch salt
— ¼ Teaspoon vanilla essence
Make pancakes according to instructions on container and set aside:
1. Place one scoop (approx. 50g) of Supashape High Protein Pancake mix and 100ml to 125ml fat-free milk in a mixing bowl.
2. Blend with a fork or whisk until batter is still slightly lumpy (don’t over-mix). This blend is sufficient to make four or five six-inch (15cm) pancakes.
3. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons of batter per pancake onto a preheated non-stick pan, spreading batter thinly over an area roughly 15cm in diameter. Cook pancakes for approximately 1 minute per side or until golden brown, turning once only.
Note: Batter consistency and pancake thickness can be adjusted to meet individual preference.
– Mix all ingredients together in a pot, excluding the berries.
– Cook on medium heat until dissolved.
– Add the berries (keep some berries for garnishing) and cook for 7-10 minutes, adding a bit of water if necessary.
– Layer pancakes and berry mix on baking sheet.
– Repeat until pancakes and berry mix are finished.
– Bake in the oven at 150 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
– Transfer the berry-pancakes to a plate and serve with a dollop of fat-free yoghurt or fat-free cream cheese.
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