The time of day you eat protein matters. Earlier is better!
A new study analyzed the eating habits of over 9,000 people and found those who ate lower amounts of protein early in the day went on to eat more calories during the rest of the day. BUT… people who ate more protein earlier in the day naturally ate fewer calories throughout the day.
This is known as the Protein Leverage Hypothesis or also called “Protein Hunger.” Meaning… our body has a strong appetite for protein foods, and if we don’t get protein early in the day, our body will push us to eat & eat & eat all day long until we meet our protein needs.
So if you don’t eat protein-rich foods EARLY in the day, it’s hard to be naturally in tune with your hunger and appetite.
Of course, eating PROTEIN at each meal & snack is important, however… it’s ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT EARLY IN THE DAY.
BOTTOM LINE: Eat protein EARLY in your day.
And here’s how…
Step 1: Eat a protein-packed breakfast. Click >>HERE<< for ideas.
Step 2: And if you get hungry, eat a protein-packed early snack. Below are some ideas…
10 Protein-Packed Snacks to Eat EARLY in the Day
✨1/2 cup cultured cottage cheese (12g protein)
great with pear slices & walnuts for extra nutrition
✨Mini protein & greens smoothie (12g protein)
1/2 banana, greens, small scoop protein powder, water
✨1 hard-boiled egg + 1 ounce lox (11g protein)
great with cucumbers
✨1/2 cup greek yogurt (11g protein)
great with berries
✨Quick creamy hemp latte (10g protein)
3T hemp seeds + 8 ounces coffee, blended
✨1 cheese stick + 10 almonds (10g protein)
great with grapes
✨1T nut butter + 2T hemp seeds (9g protein)
great spread on apple slices
✨1 ounce no-added-sugar jerky (9g protein)
great with orange slices
✨3/4 cup edamame in shell (9g protein)
great hot or cold
✨1/4 cup peanuts (9g protein)
great with freeze-dried strawberries