So for the next three days I want to go over macronutrients. In a time of the year where people are focused highly on weight loss I want to go over why each macronutrient is important. My goal is to both inspire you to not restrict or eliminate any of the macronutrients because they are necessary and give you some new ideas and ways to incooperate that nutrient. Today I am going to start with protein. Although a lot of people know protein is important some people don’t include enough or include too much. Also, some people get stuck in a box of what protein is so here is a bunch of information that can hopefully inspire you in some way!
Benefits of Protein:
*Most of your hair and nails are made of protein and is an important building block of bones, tissues, skin, blood muscles and cartilage.
*Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues, hormones, enzymes and other body chemicals.
*There is myth that protein builds muscle. Only exercise builds muscle, protein is just one of the nutrients that helps the healing and repair process FROM exercise. To much protein leaches calcium from the bones and increases risk of heart disease and cancer. There is a sweet spot.
*Having a good balance of protein decreases hunger and increases satiety. I personally can attest to this. If you eat to little protein and like all carbs you’re probably going to be a lot more hungry.
So now onto ways to incorporate protein. A lot of people think meat is the only way to get protein but since the recommended amount of protein is about .8 grams per kilogram there are so many foods that have protein. So here are some nutrient dense protein sources, which is what it is all about. Getting protein but just for the sake of protein but to increase your health!
Sources of Protein and How to Use Them:
*Beans: I know means get a bad rap these days but they are really one of the healthiest foods you can eat. All of the longest living cultures ate beans. I did a whole post on the ins and outs of beans: HERE.
*Spirulina: I remember back when I first used spirulina it was this weird food but now it’s more common. A great very green source of protein.
*Fish/Eggs: If you are going to use animal protein fish/eggs are some of the best ways to do it for your body. Try to focus on omega 3 rich fish.
Recipe Idea’s from the Web: Fish Plates (Well combined!)
*Raw Goat Cheese: Delicious, easy to digest and protein rich.
Recipes!: How about goat cheese sushi from Rande Moss.
So now that you have ideas, recipes and the benefits let’s cover protein powders. These are NOT necessary and honestly not the best but for people who get easily bored with a healthy diet and feel they need some variety protein can be a good idea. Also, if you are always working out or always hungry protein powders can be helpful. I will include my favorite tasting and cleanest brands. You can use coupon code RQANXY for some of these below if you want to try them.
Have a great day!:)