I’ve been on a MAJOR protein kick lately. Ever since I got back from my Nutrition Adventure with the Beef Council in Kansas City, it seems like I’ve been seeing protein-related research and conversation popping up EVERYWHERE! Bottom line: protein is important, your body needs it, you should be incorporating it into every meal and snack you have.
Why? Well, there are actually many reasons why you want to make sure you get optimal protein levels. Its a required nutrient for many of your body’s functions. It may also be a crucial component for weight management. Just like fiber and fat, it would appear protein can make your meals feel a little more satisfying, thus allowing you to better eat within your means.
So where can you find protein?
Protein is actually pretty abundant in our food supply, but if you’re really looking to amp up your protein, you may want to make sure at least one of these foods makes its way into each meal:
Nuts & Seeds (nut & seed butters too!)
Need some more ideas? Check out my latest article in the Morning Sun!
Also, if you are a research nerd like me, here are a few articles and studies you may particularly enjoy highlighting some of the new research on protein. Enjoy!
High Protein Snacking – Today’s Dietitian
The Role of Protein in in Weight Loss and Maintenance – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Defining Meal Requirements for Protein to Optimize Metabolic Roles of Amino Acids – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Protein and Healthy Aging – The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
How do you add protein to your day? We’d love to hear your suggestions and share them with our readers!