How to Get More Protein in Your Diet
By Sara Butler
Protein is literally one of the building blocks of life. It helps you to build and repair muscle and it helps your nails and hair to grow. Your body even uses protein to make enzymes, hormones, and a few other really important chemicals in your body. The problem is that many people aren’t getting enough of it or not enough of the good kind, anyway. Here’s how you can fit more good protein into your day!
There’s Good Protein?
Yes, there is such a thing as good protein – and bad protein, too. For example, too much red meat isn’t that great for your heart, nor is highly processed and salt-laden meat such as cold cuts. Any meat that is smoked, cured, preserved, or otherwise far away from its natural form isn’t all that great for you. Sure, your body can use it to perform vital functions, but for the most part, these benefits do not outweigh the risks of consuming poor proteins.
You want to aim for lean protein such as chicken, turkey, or fish. If you want red meat, then shoot for grass fed beef that isn’t treated with antibiotics.
How to Get Good Protein
Here are a few suggestions to help you get protein throughout the day in healthy ways:
- Power up with peanut butter – Peanut butter is a great source of protein, and easy to sneak into your morning smoothie, slather on a piece of whole grain toast, or put on a banana.
- Have hard-boiled eggs – These eggs are easy to take with you on the go when you’re looking to pack in some protein. Plus, eggs are a great source of protein, as well as many different minerals and vitamins your body needs.
- Conquer quinoa – You can easily swap out rice or noodles for quinoa in your favorite dishes. Just a half cup of quinoa provides four grams of protein and three grams of fiber.
- Go nuts – You can make your own trail mix from raw cashews, almonds or other nuts you enjoy. They add a nice crunch to your yogurt, oatmeal, or even salad and are a great source of protein.
- Go Greek – Instead of sour cream, you can use Greek yogurt to add a little tang to your potatoes or tacos. Plain Greek yogurt has extra protein and probiotics to keep your gut healthy.
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