Often, I’m asked what I eat on a daily basis. The easy answer: protein. You might start to notice, this macronutrient is golden in my book!

So you're making a conscious effort to improve your eating habits, implementing more weight lifting into your routine, trying to change your body and turn it into a fat-burning machine. Protein will help get you there. After all, it helps build and repair tissues and muscles you break down during your weightlifting sessions. A meal packed with protein will also help you stay more satiated until your next meal.

Your question to me might sound like, "Ok, so how do I make this protein? I'm not exactly thrilled about opening a can of tuna and slamming it after I hit the gym." We want to make out meals look appealing and exciting to eat. Protein doesn't have to be boring. Here are four recipes I've adopted.

1 . Turkey Burgers

Top left are my turkey burgers, made with a package of Jenny-O Ground Turkey in extra lean, lean or a mixture of both. Add some chopped spinach, onion, olives or sun-dried tomatoes, basically nothing is off limits! Place between two low carb buns, lettuce or enjoy on their own!

2. Stuffed Peppers with Turkey

Top right is a stuffed pepper. Again, cook up some ground turkey, cut a pepper length-wise, gut and stuff with turkey. Place in the oven until tender. Serve with a side of sweet potato tots (which I will reveal in a later blog on better carb choices.)

3. Salmon with a side of Asparagus

Bottom left is your Omega 3 packed salmon. Season with spices and enjoy with fresh-steamed asparagus.

4. Chicken Roll-ups

Bottom right are chicken roll-ups. LOVE these! Either get thin-sliced turkey breasts or create on your own. Stuff with spinach, onion, feta cheese and carefully roll chicken, placing toothpick on the top to keep rolled. Brush with some olive oil and bake at 350 until done.

It's all about seasoning and presentation. You can't go wrong!

AuthorNicole Marie