When I speak to women about conceiving I often remind them to eat 6 small meals a day (first meal within an hour of waking up and every 3 hours after). When eating like this it’s also important to make sure you are incorporating protein into your diet. Proteins are the building blocks for every tissue in your body as well as the support for the function for the major cells in your body. They help build sperm and eggs – which is something we want excellent quality of! But how much protein should you be getting in a day?
It is recommended that a person get .36 grams of protein per pound of body weight. A person who is 125 pounds would need 45 grams of protein, while a person who is 150 pounds would need 54 grams of protein per day. While I know there is a lot of hype right now about protein powders and I understand it’s sometimes easier to supplement, when it comes to protein it is easy to get the required amount a day with diet changes. Two tablespoons of almond butter is 7 grams of protein and 3 oz of steak is 23 grams of protein. One slice of bacon has 3 grams of protein and who can say no to bacon! Below are a few recommendations for foods to snack on when trying to increase your protein:
- Apple slices with almond butter
- Bone broth
- Hard boiled eggs
- Sliced chicken breast
- Sliced meats- I LOVE sliced chicken from Whole foods with a little hot sauce. It’s made from cooked chicken instead of the cold cut chicken with preservatives in it.
- Greek yogurt with fruit (or your seeds from seed cycling)
- Pita and hummus
It’s super easy to find ways to incorporate protein into your diet. You can easily search for foods high in protein and find creative ways to incorporate them into your lifestyle!