I just CRAVE it.
You know what I mean?
The fresh, clean energy of just pure protein.
And we’re talking real protein here, real food. Not just a powder or a bar. REAL protein.
Next to water, protein makes up most of the weight of our bodies. Muscles, organs, hair, nails and ligaments are all composed of protein, so it’s obvious why protein is an important part of the diet.
But it gets more complex with the brain. The brain and its long spidery neurons are essentially made of fat, but they communicate with each other via proteins that we eat. The hormones and enzymes that cause chemical changes and control all body processes are made of proteins.
Brain cells communicate with one another via chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, which are usually made of amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
What you eat affects which nerve chemicals will be dominant in your brain, which affects how you feel. Carbohydrates can make you feel tired because they increase the brain’s level of the amino acid tryptophan, which in turn spurs the brain to make the calming neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is important for normal sleep patterns, learning, blood pressure and appetite, among many other functions.
As a result of the magic of serotonin, I find myself to be a twilight carb consumer. I like to relax…sprawl…and curl up on the couch in my jammies with the cozy comfort of carbs after dark.
Back to my morning protein cravings, though…
Eating protein raises the levels of another amino acid called tyrosine, which prompts the brain to manufacture norepinephrine and dopamine, other kinds of chemical messengers in the brain. Not as well known as serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine can keep you energized because they promote alertness and activity.
This isn’t to say that to stay alert, you ought to eat mostly protein. A healthy brain produces hundreds of neurotransmitters needed for regular maintenance of the brain and needs proteins to do so. But the brain also needs carbohydrates for fuel and other nutrients for repair and maintenance of brain cells.
For me, I stick to a protein proliferation and prefer the strength of this muscle magnifying matter early in the day.
Call me crazy.
It’s just who I am.
Regardless of your protein partialities ~ a recipe filled with peppered peppers and peppered protein of any sort, will surely rock your world.
Peppered Protein Power
1 tsp. coconut oil
1 large bell pepper (red, orange, yellow, or purple – choose your color preference), roughly chopped
1/2 cup cooked (leftover) ground grass fed beef
3 oz. grilled chicken breast, generously seasoned with salt and pepper
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper
In a small skillet, personalized just for you, heat the coconut oil over medium heat. Add the bell pepper. Sauté until golden brown. Add ground beef, chicken, vinegar and seasonings and continue to cook until all the liquid has evaporated. Serve and devour with a vengeance.
Conquer the day.