“You’re superwoman!” my girlfriend says every time we catch up. “What’s your secret – tell me, how do you do it all?”
I laugh, shaking my head. I don’t do it all – not even close. I’ve got about nine unfinished blog posts, seven loads of laundry, four dusty dressers and two little boys who are used to mommy saying “come back in five minutes, I just need five more minutes” on an hourly basis. Sigh.
However, I’m not completely humble – I do take credit for being a savvy business woman, pretty great photographer, inspiring travel writer and doting wife and mother. And the secret to my stamina? A balanced diet, filled with high quality protein.
You probably know that protein is absolutely essential to maintaining overall health, helping to build and repair muscles as well as all other body tissues. But did you know that protein is also a powerful macronutrient? It develops antibodies to boost the immune system and keeps you strong, both physically and mentally.
In my on-the-go lifestyle, I depend on reliable sources of high quality protein found in milk and milk products such as cheese, yogurt and kefir. I simply can’t think of a more convenient and versatile way to fuel my busy, active lifestyle! To receive the greatest benefit for my body and mind, I distribute protein evenly across meals: about 30 grams each at breakfast, lunch and dinner (the 30-30-30 Rule), which allows my protein intake to be spread out throughout the day. Milk or milk products are a perfect solution as they can be incorporated in any meal or snack!
Start your day with this delicious, protein-packed Breakfast Muesli Smoothie Bowl, courtesy of Dairy Farmers of Canada.
2 frozen very ripe bananas
1 cup (250 mL) frozen strawberries
2/3 cup (150 mL) quick-cooking rolled oats, divided
2 tbsp (30 mL) ground flax and/or hemp seeds, divided
1 cup (250 mL) plain yogurt
2 tsp (10 mL) liquid honey
Cut about 6 slices from a banana and cut the remaining into chunks. Cut 1 strawberry into thin slices. Set aside sliced fruit, 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the oats and 2 tsp (10 mL) of the seeds for topping.
In a blender, combine yogurt, honey, remaining banana, strawberries, oats and seeds; purée until smooth. Pour into chilled bowls and top with reserved sliced banana and strawberries, oats and seeds. Serve immediately.
I love using Greek yogurt in my smoothie bowl to give it an even bigger protein punch. This breakfast helps satisfy my hunger and provides me with the strength and stamina to power through my always-crazy day. Plus, I love the knowledge that I’m eating wholesome, healthy and versatile foods that can help me stay strong.
Of course, in addition to getting my 30 grams of protein at each meal, you can always finding me savouring a piece (or three) of cheese for my 3pm snack (currently obsessed with Gruyere), and nothing is more soothing before bed than a glass of warm milk.
Do you make protein a priority? Milk and milk products are an easy to incorporate and reliable source of high quality protein to help you power through your day. Now if you’ll excuse me… I’ve once again told my boys to come back in five minutes – and they’ll be here any second!
This post is sponsored by Dairy Farmers of Canada. The opinions on this blog, as always are my own.