The Pantry Dilemma
By Brandy Hadden. Posted on May 31, 2016.
Marsha stares into the pantry cabinet before her morning workout, unable to decide what to fuel her body with to get the day going. She knows she needs some fiber and some protein to start her day off right, but what to eat?
A bowl of shredded wheat? No, there’s no time to sit down and eat and besides…dishes.
She bought some protein powder last weekend. “Maybe I could just put some powder in a smoothie or a glass of orange juice and call it a day?” she thinks.
No. She needs something to actually eat. Enough to give her the boost she needs, but light enough that it won’t hinder her workout.
Then, her roommate Carolyn comes downstairs ready to head to the gym. And she’s eating … a cookie?
“Way to ruin your workout before you even go to the gym,” Marsha jokes.
“What do you mean?” asked Carolyn.
“Uhhh, you’re eating a cookie....“
“I’m eating The Complete Cookie, from Lenny & Larry’s. Didn’t you see me pick these up when we went shopping? Look, this cookie has 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber, so it’s the perfect way to start the day.”
To start, the 16 grams of protein found in The Complete Cookie compares it to a breakfast of 6 ounces of regular Greek yogurt or a half cup of cottage cheese, which are both also good sources of protein.
But how much protein do they need? According to the Institute of Medicine, Marsha and Carolyn should take their body weight and multiply that by 0.6 to find out how many grams of protein they should be eating.
So, an active woman weighing 140 pounds should be taking in at least 84 grams of protein a day.
“I know I have to get my protein in, but I usually just wait until dinner and have a big plate of fish and vegetables,” Marsha thought.
That’s the attitude of a lot of Americans — to load up on the protein at dinner. But really, it’s recommended to get a little bit of protein in at a time.
Protein mainly helps with muscle health and aids in maintaining lean muscle mass, especially if you’re active. Some people think that they need to eat meat to get all of their protein, and while meat also has a lot of essential amino acids, it usually comes with high saturated fat and cholesterol. And guess what? The Complete Cookie has less than 1 gram of saturated fat and no cholesterol.
Taking in small meals and snacks (ahem, like The Complete Cookie) with protein throughout the day is the best way to fuel your body.
Then, there's the fiber.
Marsha and Carolyn should be getting between 25-30 grams of fiber a day. Fiber helps the inside of your body move regularly and also aids in maintaining a healthy weight, lowering the risks of diabetes and heart disease. Insoluable fiber in particular, found in the wheat of The Complete Cookie, is a big help to the digestive system.
Do you crave sweets for breakfast like Carolyn? You can skip the pancakes, and have The Complete Cookie instead, getting that first batch of fiber in your system and set yourself up for a healthier day. With its 8 grams of fiber, The Complete Cookie is considered a fiber-rich snack, which surpasses the recommended 5 grams.
So, is Marsha convinced?
“OK, Carolyn, hand me one of those Complete Cookies.”
Sources: The Mayo Clinic, The Institute of Medicine, Harvard Health Blog