This post was sponsored by Hood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
3 Simple Ways To Get More Protein
When I was in my 30’s, I transitioned into a diet that was low in carbohydrates and high in protein (as recommended by my doctor). His goal was to help me lower my cholesterol and drop the excess weight I’d picked up eating sweet treats at work. Once I made the transition, something very surprising happened. Not only did I lose weight but my energy level increased and my mood improved. My mind seemed clearer and overall, I felt pretty darn good. Actually, I felt great!
When I returned to the doctor to get my cholesterol levels rechecked, not only was my good cholesterol high but my bad cholesterol was low. I was ecstatic and so was my doctor. Somewhere along the way I got complacent and returned to my high sugar, high carb diet. The weight returned, my cholesterol skyrocketed, and I felt sluggish. Next came a few medical conditions that prompted me to bury my sorrows in donuts, cakes, and bagels.
At my breaking point, I returned to a low carb, high protein diet last year. Thankfully, one of my favorite daily staples could still be found on store shelves (Walmart). Hello, Hood Calorie Countdown dairy beverage. I’m so glad you’re still here.
Since my weight loss surgery in June 2017, my days are all about exercise, vitamins, and getting sufficient daily protein. If you struggle in that department too, I’m going to introduce you to three simple ways to get more protein.
- Substitute one of your daily beverages with Hood Calorie Countdown.
I usually buy Hood Calorie Countdown 2% Reduced Fat. It contains 5 grams of protein per serving and has:
- 42% fewer calories than traditional whole milk
- 75% fewer carbs than traditional whole milk &
- 75% less sugar than traditional whole milk
Another benefit is that it contains 25% of the recommended daily value for calcium and 15% of the recommended daily value for Vitamin D. And just say no to trans fats because there aren’t any. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. None. Your cholesterol level will thank you.
2. Incorporate a protein shake or protein bar into your daily routine.
One of my daily snacks is a protein shake made with Hood Calorie Countdown. I alternate between Hood’s reduced fat dairy beverage and the reduced fat chocolate dairy beverage. Both are creamy and delicious and taste absolutely decadent as a protein shake. This daily treat provides me with 35 grams of protein a day (the average person needs at least 60 grams per day).
3. Keep a protein-rich snack with you at all times.
Whether it’s a protein bar or protein bites, I always have a protein-packed snack with me. Not only does this reduce my temptation of turning to junk food (e.g., on my drive home, during the afternoon slump, while running errands), but it bumps up my daily protein intake. That candy bar you bought at the convenience store because you were hangry has little nutritional benefit and it’s only going to send your blood sugar levels on a rollercoaster ride. Prepare in advance and always carry a protein-rich snack with you.
If you’re ready to make Hood Calorie Countdown part of your daily routine like I have, head on over to the Hood website where you can find your nearest retailer and explore recipes. Before you head to the store to buy your favorite variety of Hood Calorie Countdown, print out this high-value coupon (available for a limited time).
Did you know that Hood Calorie Countdown is made with milk from farmers who pledge not to use artificial growth hormones?