Whether you live an active lifestyle, have a busy day ahead of you, have health goals you are striving to achieve, or a workout planned – our high protein granola is a great way to make your mornings a whole lot better.
We believe that functional cereals shouldn’t lack taste or luxury ingredients and that’s why all of our granola and muesli are delicious, nutritious, and wholesome, making for the perfect breakfast, pre workout or post workout snack.
Favoured by personal trainers, fitness fanatics, yogi’s and influencers, a 50g portion of our High Protein Granola contains 13.5g of protein, as well as 22g of carbohydrate to fuel your workout and 3.4g of fibre.
You can take a look at all the nutritional values here: High Protein Granola.
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What is protein?
Protein is an important part of our diet and, for many people, has grown in significance in recent years. There’s been a rise in awareness largely fuelled by the ‘clean eating’ trend, not to mention the number of women introducing strength and resistance training into their fitness regime, realising the role that protein has to play.
Like carbohydrate and fat, protein is a macronutrient and plays an essential role when it comes to the building of muscle and tissue in the body. Comprised of a long chain of amino acids, the protein in our diet has largely been made up through the consumption of animal products. Over the past five years there has also been a rise in the adoption of plant-based diets – and a focus on high-protein vegan products. Vegan friendly protein sources include nuts, pulses, beans, chickpeas and soy.
The UK’s Department of Health recommends that women should consume no more than 45grams of protein each day, while for men, that allowance is a little higher at 55grams per day.
What role does it play in the body?
An incredibly complex and important molecule, protein contributes to a variety of functions within the body. It’s responsible for muscle growth and repair, the synthesis of cells and tissues and providing structure to hair and nails – believe us when we say that protein – well, amino acids – are the building blocks of life.
There are in fact, 20 different amino acids, and the sequence in which they are chained together will determine their functions – going to show how much attention to detail naturally occurs in our wonderful bodies!
Besides the widely known relationship between muscle growth and a high protein diet, this crucial nutrient plays a key role within the skeletal, immune, endocrine, and digestive systems, making us feel a whole lot better.
As well as being responsible for making new bones and muscles, enzymes and hormones, protein is a source of energy for the body. Eating the right amount makes sure that you have all the energy you need for an active lifestyle, busy day or the exercise you have planned.
Of course, the post-exercise window has become prime time for making sure we are getting our protein. For the fit and healthy, boosting protein intake post workout is a really effective way to make sure that lean muscle mass develops and recovery time speeds up. By consuming protein within an hour of working out, you will be feeding your muscles when they are at their most receptive.
So, whether your choice of fitness is yoga, running, strength training, hiking or biking – make sure that you are rewarding your exercise efforts with protein to keep your body in tip-top condition.
To learn more about eating at the right time to supplement your workout efforts – head over to our blog: optimising your nutrition to get the best results from your workout.
What foods are high in protein?
Of the 20 amino acids, the body is only able to produce 11. The remaining nine are known as ‘essential’ and must be derived from food sources.
When we think of high protein foods, we tend to think of meat. That’s correct – animal products like lean meat contain all the essential amino acids and are referred to as ‘complete’ proteins. The same can be said of fish and eggs too.
Those of us looking for plant-based sources of complete protein that also contain the nine essential amino acids, should opt for soy products, quinoa and a little-known green leafy vegetable called amaranth. Lentils, nuts and wholegrain foods are lacking in at least one amino acid. Foods such as these, that don’t contain all nine, are referred to as ‘incomplete proteins’.
If you’re following a vegan or vegetarian diet, it’s so important that your diet is rich in variety. By taking this approach you can ensure you are consuming all of the healthy protein your body needs. There’s an added bonus to using plant-based foods as your source of protein – these foods are also incredibly nutrient dense and full of vitamins, minerals and that all-important fibre – providing further health benefits.
Other sources of high protein foods include shellfish, cottage cheese, chickpeas, green lentils, pumpkin and sunflower seeds and all beans.
Discover more about meeting your high-protein goals when following a plant-based diet in our blog: 14 sources of plant-based protein.
When it comes to the protein we eat (or drink!) quality should be an absolute priority. Our High Protein Granola is made with premium ingredients, which not only make it a great choice when following a high-protein diet, but also means that you can be safe in the knowledge that our ingredients are sourced from reputable suppliers and offer high nutritional value.
Why you should wake up to a high protein breakfast
An essential part of our diet, protein helps the body to increase its glycogen storage, aids post-workout recovery and promotes muscle growth through providing the amino acids required to build and repair muscle tissue. It also plays an important role in the synthesis of hormones and enzymes.
A high protein breakfast is good for you! Having a high-protein breakfast not only replenishes the sources that have been absorbed by the digestive system overnight, but it keeps you feeling fuller for longer, giving you the energy to go about your day – whatever may await you!
Our High Protein Granola goes that extra bit further to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Classed as ‘low’ on the Glycaemic Load index, it won’t send your blood glucose levels soaring either.
Delicious and nutritious high protein breakfast ideas
While adding milk or yoghurt to Lizi’s High Protein Granola is a quick and easy way to get your protein fix, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy a nutritious yet indulgent breakfast and help put a spring in your step.
Lizi’s high protein granola
Whether it’s a meal planned around exercise, a quick bite throughout the day, or trying to meet your macros in the evening, our high-protein cereal is the perfect choice, for everyone.
At 6g of sugar per 50g serving and made with soya protein flakes and crispies, it’s 100% plant-based and lower in sugar than you might expect.
Of course, our High Protein Granola also contains the natural oat flakes, seeds and nuts that give it the popular Lizi’s crunch.
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