Protein is such a dream when it comes to balancing blood sugar levels, building lean muscle and promoting recovery. I can’t emphasise enough just how much of a difference it can make to your body, your energy levels, your mental alertness and your training when you consume the correct amount of protein. And I can also promise you that eating protein will NOT make you bulky. Bulk only comes when you are in a calorie surplus while training. Here are some great ways to ensure you maximise your protein intake.

1. DIY cauliflower wraps

You can buy ready-made cauli-wraps from Woolworths. Simply fill these with stir-fried beef or chicken strips, chopped tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, diced onion, sliced avo and drizzle with tahini.

2. Egg mayo lettuce wraps

Use tahini or hummus instead of mayo, and combine with boiled eggs. Mash all together with 1 tablespoon olive oil, a dash of raw honey, chopped parsley, salt and black pepper. Spoon generous amounts of this mixture into large lettuce leaves and wrap. Use a toothpick to hold wraps in place.

3. Zucchini noodles bolognese

Of course, we all love pasta, but the energy slump after – not so much. You can buy ready-prepared zucchini noodles from Woolworths. Simply steam these for 2-3 minutes until soft, top with your favourite meat or chicken bolognaise and freshly grated parmesan. Lots of protein and low on carbs!

4. Low-carb meat lasagne

Instead of using lasagne sheets, opt for thinly sliced eggplant rounds instead. Grill these in the oven for about 20 minutes with a little olive oil and rock salt. Once cooked, layer along cooked beef mince, grated mozzarella, and pesto. Repeat to create 3 layers, top with parmesan and bake for 20 minutes.

5. Cauliflower pizza

Ready-prepared cauliflower pizzas can be found at Jacksons Real Food Market and Fresh Earth in Johannesburg as well as Wellness Warehouse in Cape Town. Simply top these with tomato paste, mozzarella cheese, roasted veggies, artichokes and sliced chicken. Add some avo for extra yumminess!

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