Shifting thoughts have been occurring in the nutrition world recently. Where we once put major emphasis on whole grains, fruits and vegetables protein is now coming front and center. Years ago we learned that we needed to eat more than 8 servings a day of whole grains, 8! Thats a big number and more than any of us need to consume in two days let alone one. When seeing different patients trying to lose weight the major contributor to their weight gain always seems to be too much starch and not enough lean protein, fruits and vegetables. People shy away from proteins for many different reasons, many of them being unfounded. If they have high cholesterol or triglycerides they avoid protein like the plague thinking that lean protein can contribute to their numbers worsening. What no one is explaining to them is that a diet high in starches and simple carbs can also contribute to their numbers increasing. Yet, they will avoid chicken, lean cuts of beef and pork and are most likely finding themselves deficient of these nutrient rich foods.
My thoughts on how to consume a proper diet have definitely evolved over the years. I am putting a higher emphasis on protein and protein rich snacks in order to see better weight loss in many of my patients. ‘
If you would like to learn more about protein join us for our weight loss support group tomorrow night 5:30pm at Mid Hudson Regional Hospital Conference room A. We will be discussing how to incorporate more protein in your diet as well as its effect on weight loss. HOpe to see you there.
Below is a recipe for a protein packed snack. Enjoy!
Roasted Chickpeas
1 Can Chickpeas drained, rinsed and dried
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp paprika
½ tsp chili powder
½ tsp garlic
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss chickpeas in olive oil and spices. Spread on baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes.