Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Eat Like a Pro! OMNI Medical Center 's Top 5 Protein - Packed Foods

We all know that the key to successful weight loss lies in how we eat. 

This means we need to consume enough (but not TOO much) protein in order to protect our body's lean mass, and to achieve optimal fat-burning.

So here's a list of OMNI Medical Center 's top 5 protein-rich foods to keep you fuller longer, and help you get leaner than ever!

1) 3 ounces of chicken, tuna, or turkey. 
Try to use fresh meat instead of something canned (canned stuff is loaded with tons of sodium, which can make you retain water...canned foods also have heavy metals). Noshing on one of these meaty foods can give you anywhere from 14-22 grams of protein.

2) 2 eggs. Whether they're scrambled or hard-boiled, eggs are one of the easiest ways to get protein in at your meal. Scrambled eggs are great on a high-fiber, low-carb wrap...and hard-boiled eggs are yummy by themselves, or even on top of a nice salad. Each egg can provide up to 7 grams of protein at your be sure not to overdue it if you're cooking up a veggie omelette! 

3) An 8 oz. glass of plain almond milk. While cow's milk can have a high fat & sugar content (as well as hormones and steroids!), having a glass of almond milk may do the trick for those of you who enjoy a tall, ice-cold glass of the white stuff. Plain almond milk (OMNI Medical Center likes Almond Breeze Almond Milk) is only 60 calories for an 8 oz. glass, and is wonderful for using with whey protein or even on some low-carb (high-protein) cereal!

4) Whey protein (like OMNI Medical Center 's Whey 26 supplement). When there's no time to cook...or we're on the go, a protein shake can usually to the trick. Our Whey 26 supplement is a great source of whey protein isolate (which gets into your system faster than a whey protein concentrate). Half a scoop will give you 13 grams of much-needed protein...and what's even better is that our Whey 26 only has 1 carb, and it's sweetened with Stevia! If you're not using OMNI 's Whey 26, be sure to look for a protein powder that's low in sugar, has no fillers, and is low in calories as well.

5) Greek Yogurt (a small serving, of course). Greek-style yogurt is one of the best protein-packed snacks in between meals. It's also easy to carry with you to work or for a post-workout boost at the gym. Our advice about yogurt is that you skip the kinds with "fruit in the bottom" and added fiber or probiotics (you know which brands we're talking about). Sometimes we can be fooled into thinking ALL yogurt is healthy when in reality, a lot of yogurt products are made with high fructose corn syrup, excess sugar and other unnecessary additives. Look for something like "Chobani Champions" (it's a 100-calorie Greek yogurt in a child's size portion) to satisfy your hunger...and try freezing it if you're craving desserts like ice cream!

For more helpful nutritional tips or to find out about the OMNI Medical Center Medical Weight Loss Program visit our web site

Here's to eating like a pro!
--The OMNI Medical Center Team

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