Friday, July 22, 2011

Protein Checkup

Protein Requirements

According to Nutrition and Athletic Performance, the current RDA is 0.8g protein/kg body weight; however, protein intakes exceeding the RDA are commonly recommended for athletes.

MY TOTAL DAILY PROTEIN REQUIREMENTS: 53

Protein Analysis

I get my nutrient data from the nutrition facts on the package or from the USDA National Nutrient Database.

Hawaiian Smoothie
1/2 cup pineapple-
1/2 cup mandarin orange-
1/2 cup greek yogurt11.5
1 cup almond milk1
2 Tbsp coconut-
13

Avocado Bean Wrap
1 can red beans6
1 avocado2.5
1 tomato-
2 green onions-
1 chipotle.5
9.5
÷ six servings1.5
1 tortilla6
salad greens-
per wrap8
but I eat two16

Pasta Salad
6 Tbsp vinegar-
1/2 cup olive oil-
12 oz pasta7
2 zucchini-
1 lb peas5
1 can red beans6
18.5
÷ six servings6

Banana Almond Smoothie
1 banana1
2 Tbsp almond butter6
1 cup almond milk1
1 Tbsp flaxseed oil-
8

MY TOTAL DAILY PROTEIN40

And that's just compared to the regular recommended daily allowance, I actually do believe that I need to be eating more protein just because I've been feeling shaky between meals. Not a ton, thirteen grams of protein is like an extra helping of yogurt...

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