Protein for Fitness!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for protein!

Protein is a major building block for every single one of us. Regardless of your level of fitness, your body uses protein to build and repair tissue and works to keep you full longer. There are many different ways to meet our protein requirements for the day. While different sources of lean meats may seem like the most common way to get our protein, I want to share with you a new recipe to try today that doesn’t necessarily require meat!

Chickpeas are a creative way to incorporate protein in our diets. These little guys pack 10 grams of protein per cup!

What you need:

  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons blue cheese crumbles (can substitute any cheese crumbles)
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup diced tri-colored mini sweet peppers (red, yellow and orange)
  • 8 soft corn tortillas
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce

**For all my meat eaters out there, feel free to substitute the chickpeas with lean ground beef/turkey, shrimp, or shredded chicken. The possibilities are endless!

You’ll mix your seasoning together in a small bowl and set aside. Your chickpeas and peppers will cook together in a skillet over medium heat for about 10 minutes. After cooking, stir in the seasoning/water and cook on low heat for 3 more minutes.

Finally, load up the tortillas with chickpea and pepper mixture, scallions, lettuce, and dressing or additional toppings of your choice.

Happy eating!

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