What is protein?
Protein is a nutrient essential for life. Proteins are large compounds made by combining smaller amino acids. Proteins in the diet are known as macronutrients, and contribute energy (calories) to the body.
Each gram of protein contains 4 calories – SCORE!
Complete Protein Foods:
1. Poultry, meat and fish
2. Eggs and dairy products
3. Vegan foods
(such as quinoa, soy products, whole grain, tempeh, miso, soy milk, edamame and tofu or even green soybeans.)
How is protein used in your body?
Protein provides energy, adds to lean muscle mass and aids in tissue repair. Do you need any more reasons to love protein?
How much protein do I need in my diet?
Protein should account for 10-35% of your daily caloric intake. It is also recommend to consume 1 gram of protein per 1 kilogram of body weight (0.4 g per pound).
If you follow a vegetarian diet, it is important to eat several types of plant-based protein foods each day to get all of the essential amino acids your system requires – go Quinoa!!!
Consuming too much protein may be harmful to the body. High amounts of protein in the diet put stress on the kidneys and liver as they try to dismantle and dispose of the extra protein. (Not to mention that too much protein makes you fart!)
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Are you running out of ideas for protein rich foods? >Here is some delicious protein-filled recipes:
1. Paleo Protein Brookies
2. Homemade Almond Crunch Protein Bars
3. Clean Blubbery Protein Muffins
4. Buffalo Quinoa Bites
5. Spicy Roasted Chickpeas