Proteins are literally the building blocks of life. They allow your body to run the efficient machine that it was meant to be. If you are lacking in protein, you may feel hungry, anxious, or fatigued. Protein helps your body to build lean muscle and burn more fat. When people are lacking in protein they often go overboard on the wrong kinds, aka protein bars and protein powders. Yes, they do contain protein, but they often contain chemicals and other things that our bodies cannot properly utilize. The CDC recommends about 46 grams of protein for women and 56 grams of protein for men per day. Aim for consuming real foods to get your fill of protein. Here are some great protein packed options…
+ avocado – protein, antioxidants and mono-unsaturated fats (the good kind)
+ chickpeas – a powerful protein boost
+ greek yogurt – protein and calcium
+ hemp seeds – protein and amino acids, sprinkle on cereal, salad, etc.
+ peas – protein, vitamin C, and fiber
+ almonds – a protein packed snack
+ tomatoes – protein and vitamin K
What’s your favorite form of protein?