The real deal about protein!

There so many great sources of protein. My first trick when it comes to protein? Listen to your body to see what works for you!

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If you’re into meat, it’s pretty popular to eat paleo at the moment, and I love to live a paleo-inspired lifestyle. By adding animal protein to your meals you’re getting all your 22 essential amino acids. Red meat, fish, chicken and eggs contain the full hit of protein your body needs.

If you’re veggo, it takes a little more planning. To begin with relying on legumes and pulses for your protein hit with is fine, but it’s still good to include eggs and some whole forms of dairy if they agree with your body.

For vegans, you need to be protein combining to make sure you’re getting not only enough protein but also B12 in your body. It sounds tricky but protein combining is really easy once you get your head around it. Basically, you want to combine a legume with a wholegrain for a broad spectrum of protein. So, for example, eating a lentil dahl (lentils are legumes) with brown rice (a grain) will give you more protein. I know wholegrains aren’t paleo! However, when it comes to getting protein on a vegan diet you sometimes need to make a few changes.

Mixing a seed or a nut with a grain also ups the protein. So if you’re making an oat porridge for brekkie (there’s your wholegrain) then it’s a great idea to top it off with some almond milk and some fresh almonds (great for added healthy fat extra protein) or a nice blob of tahini (seed). Vegans just need to get really on point with making sure they’ve got all the elements with their meal.

It’s also handy to know that even though quinoa is used as a grain, technically it’s an Aztec seed which contains more protein than any other grain. So making an epic quinoa superfood salad and adding some kind of nut into the mix is great idea. Whenever I cook broccoli I also drizzle almond butter over the top, or add a handful of raw walnuts, to up the good fats and give me a protein hit. Yum!

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Lola Berry
Colourful, adventurous and with a healthy dose of Aussie eccentricity, Lola Berry is definitely not your average nutritionist. She blogs, tweets, writes and talks about good health and wholefoods and there's little Lola won't to do to get her message across: eating and living well is easy and fun! Lola's enthusiasm is contagious and her knack for translating the most technical information into easy-to-follow advice has made her one of Australia's most popular nutritionists. She is constantly finding creative ways to help people make small achievable changes in their lives in order to better their health. Lola grew up in a family where health and fitness were celebrated, but by no means a focal point. It wasn't until experiencing her first 'summertime detox' as a teenager that Lola recognised what a huge impact food had on health and wellbeing. Within a few years Lola had completed her Bachelor of Health Science with a major in Nutritional Medicine at Endeavour College of Natural Health. Armed with enthusiasm and tonnes of ideas, Lola made it her mission to help as many people as possible live a healthy, fulfilled life. In 2007, Lola began posting videos full of health tips, nutritional advice and easy, accessible recipes. People responded to her quirky approach and her ‘Fruits and Roots’ webisodes soon led to regular TV appearances and her first book, Lola Berry's Inspiring Ingredients. Lola kept up with her engaging blog and informative e-newsletters and her online following continued to grow. In 2012 Lola released, The 20/20 Diet, which became the number one diet book in Australia within weeks of its release. Lola’s follow-up book, The 20/20 Diet Cookbook, is full of delicious recipes and health creations and has already gone into reprint (even though it was only released in February 2014). Today, Lola is a regular guest on various TV and radio shows and a contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers.