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FIVE QUICK HIGH-PROTEIN FOODS FOR BUILDING MUSCLE MASS Kate Bennett gives us the secret to building muscle mass with her five favourite high-protein foods. f gaining weight and muscle mass is your goal, it’s vital to fuel up on the right foods. You should be looking for foods that are nutrient-dense and high in protein, to help you make the most of every mouthful. I Check out these fsive high-protein foods: Eggs Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods with each egg having around 7g of protein, as well as being a good source of riboflavin, selenium and vitamin D. They are also super versatile! } } Scramble, poach or serve your eggs as an omelette with wholegrain toast and seasonal veggies. } } Boil eggs whole and add them to salads or crispbread. } } For even more energy, good fats and antioxidants, add a spread of avocado. } } For another new way to use eggs, check out Marnie’s rice cooker frittata recipe on page 12. Greek or natural yoghurt and nuts Rich in calcium, protein and potassium, yoghurt is a simple and inexpensive protein source, with the benefits of probiotics for gut health. } } Add crushed nuts and seeds for extra flavour, fibre, good fats, nutrients, and additional protein. } } As the weather warms up, make icy poles with a blend of Greek yoghurt and frozen fruit. Cottage cheese Cottage cheese is a nutrient powerhouse! It is high in protein, but also calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B12, vitamin D and vitamin K2 - perfect for improving bone health and cardiac function. } } Cottage cheese can be added to a slice of wholegrain bread, crackers or baked potato with avocado and tomato for a delicious breakfast, lunch or a quick high protein snack. } } For something a little sweeter, drizzle cheese with honey, cinnamon and crushed nuts. Banana smoothie – made with milk and yoghurt Whizzing up a smoothie is quicker and easier than prepping, cooking and eating a meal. Plus, it’s a great way to consume extra energy, micro and macronutrients, as milk and yoghurt are rich sources of calcium, vitamin D, protein, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and zinc. } } Banana is rich in potassium, which is great for muscle recovery. } } With just a few tablespoons of LSA (linseed, sunflower and almond meal) you can add extra fibre, protein and gut health properties to your smoothie. } } If milk is not for you, give lactose-free milk a try. Note that almond and rice milk are low in protein and made of mostly water. Tuna All meat and fish are excellent sources of protein, but oily fish, like tuna, have the added health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. } } A tin of tuna on crackers is a quick snack – choose the salt-reduced version. } } A tuna melt or tuna salad wrap is a great, protein-rich lunch. } } Tuna or salmon rissoles are ideal for light meals and snacks!. SPRING 2019 YMCA HEALTHY LIVING MAGAZINE 15