We all know that protein provides the building blocks for the growth and repair of our muscles but many of us struggle to consume enough. If you find yourself falling short, you don’t have to force down dry chicken breast or chalky protein shakes to boost your intake. We spoke to nutritionist Amber Walker about the tasty ways to sneak more protein into your day.

With your morning cuppa

Why not add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate powder to your morning coffee? We have all heard of bullet proof coffees made by whisking in grass fed organic butter and MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides AKA Coconut oil), but a scoop of protein powder mixed in for a ‘protein coffee’ can be seriously yum – just don’t use a fruit flavoured powder, that would not be fantastic.

Dip away

Get dipping!  Hummus, made from chickpeas is ideal to increase your protein intake. Try hummus on celery & carrot sticks. If chickpeas aren’t your fave (or you don’t have any on hand) pick up a white bean dip from your local supermarket and enjoy as a snack in the afternoon.

Happy trails

Snack on your own homemade trail mix. Whilst there are some some specific high protein trail mixes on the market it is really easy to make your own. Mix together equal amounts of almonds, cashews, dried coconut, sunflower & pumpkin seeds along with a very small quantity of dried fruit to taste if required.

Boost it with yoghurt

Greek yoghurt is packed with protein and makes a great addition to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Mix oats with yoghurt and sit overnight to soften, add a dollop of yoghurt to a salad for a creamy dressing, mix tuna with yoghurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper or mix yoghurt with fresh zucchini and chopped tomatoes for a yum dipping sauce with dinner. Alternatively, try a snack of natural greek yogurt, sprinkled with flaked almonds or the trail mix above.

Make your smoothie a protein powerhouse

Whizz up a smoothie with a generous spoonful of cottage cheese. It’ll make your drink a bit creamier while delivering 10g of protein per 100g. If you’re not a smoothie fan, take your cottage cheese, mix it with some cashews and coconut and drizzle a little honey on top for a yum snack. It’s even better if you have time to freeze it for half an hour!

Bite sized snacks

If all else fails, cook up extra meat at dinner and keep it in the fridge to snack on during the day. Chop cooked chicken, beef or lamb into pieces and season with a little salt and pepper for a tasty and simple hunger buster.