Why do we bang on so often about “eat more protein, increase your protein intake…” Protein is an essential macro nutrient for many reactions in the body! Protein is broken down into amino acids in the digestive system and is required for muscle growth, regeneration, immune function, connective tissue strength (capillaries, skin), nail and hair growth, energy production, the gut wall matrix, to feel more satisfied after a meal or snack and also to control and stabilise your blood sugar levels.
FOODS RICH IN PROTEIN:
• Lean good quality meats – chicken, beef, lamb, pork, turkey
• Brown rice
• Nuts and seeds – almonds, macadamias, hazelnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, sesame seeds, linseeds…
• Peanut butter (natural) and nut butters
• Green leafy vegetables – Kale, spinach, ice berg lettuce
• Beans, lentils, wholegrains, split peas, tofu
• Dairy products – cow’s milk alternatives (soy, oat, almond or coconut), yoghurt, cheeses.
Ensure you are eating adequate protein during the day to support your metabolism and provide the body with the building blocks it requires for health 🥬🥚🥩🧀