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what's a good source of protein??

everyone keeps telling me i need to eat protein before and after i work out. but what is a good source of protein? and how much should i eat? i worked out a little bit ago and just ate a tablespoon full of peanut butter. is that good enough?? helppp! i have no idea what im doing! haha


Asked by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Aug. 8, 2009 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Chicken Breast – 3.5 oz., 30 grams of protein. Turkey – About 7 grams of protein per ounce Tuna – 6 oz. can, 40 grams of protein Salmon – 3.5 oz., 27 grams of protein Eggs – 1 large, 7 grams of protein Milk – 1 cup, 8 grams of protein (Go with 1% or skim) Cottage Cheese – 1/2 cup, 15 grams of protein Almonds, Peanuts, Cashews – 1/4 cup, 8grams, 9 grams, 5 grams of protein Peanut Butter – 2 Tablespoons, 8 grams of protein Yogurt – 8-12 grams of protein per cup, Peanut butter, 2 Tablespoons - 8 grams protein, Almonds, ¼ cup – 8 grams , Peanuts, ¼ cup – 9 grams, Cashews, ¼ cup – 5 grams,

    Answer by cinemagirl823 at 7:29 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • I personally would recommend eating the protein after the workout (but give yourself about 30min cool down while you drink some water). About an hour before exercise i would eat a small meal made up of slow burning carbohydrates to give you more energy. However alot of people would reccomend about 20 grams of protein 45 minutes before your workout. During the 3 hours after your workout is when your muscles are basically starving for protein and your muscles are trying to rebuild themselves after the workout you just gave them, and they need protein to do it so make the most use of them so eat a high protein meal then. Some people recommend as much as 40 grams. Try to limit fat intake during this period too.

    Answer by cinemagirl823 at 7:24 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • Its also important to eat protein is right as you wake up. Your body will be needing food because you have essentially fasted all night. Try for about 40 grams of protein first thing in the morning. Stinks though because its hard to eat right when you wake up. In terms of foods high in protein Here are a few and some sizes


    Answer by cinemagirl823 at 7:29 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • So basically a freaking lot haha- which is why i save it for the meal after working out, I just cant eat that much before and after. I think its most important right after the workout

    Answer by cinemagirl823 at 7:31 PM on Aug. 8, 2009