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Protein: You Need It!

Protein-Filled Snack & Meal Ideas from Best Fitness

Protein is an essential nutrient that plays many vital roles in the body, including building and repairing tissues, producing enzymes and hormones, and supporting a healthy immune system. Some of the main benefits of protein include:

  1. Muscle growth and repair: Protein is crucial for building and repairing muscle tissue. It helps to maintain and increase muscle mass, which can be particularly important for athletes and active individuals.
  2. Weight management: Protein is more satiating than carbohydrates or fats, meaning it helps you feel full and satisfied for longer periods. Increased protein can reduce overall calorie intake and support weight management goals.
  3. Bone health: Protein is essential for maintaining strong, healthy bones. It helps to stimulate the production of bone-building cells and increase calcium absorption.
  4. Immune function: Protein is necessary to produce antibodies and other immune system components, which help fight off infections and disease.

You can incorporate protein-rich foods into your meals and snacks to get more protein. Some excellent sources of protein include:

  1. Lean meats, such as chicken, turkey, and beef
  2. Fish and seafood, such as salmon, tuna, and shrimp
  3. Eggs and egg whites
  4. Dairy products, such as Greek yogurt and cottage cheese
  5. Legumes, such as beans, lentils, and chickpeas
  6. Tofu and other soy products
  7. Convenient options like protein supplements (such as whey or vegan protein powders)

Aiming for various protein sources is essential to ensure you get a balanced mix of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. The amount of protein you need will depend on your age, gender, weight, and activity level, among other factors. Still, a general guideline is to aim for 0.8-1 gram of protein per pound of body weight daily.

Looking for an easy whey (get it, whey?) to increase your protein intake? Try adding Best Fitness protein powders to a smoothie, oatmeal, or yogurt, or mix it with your favorite milk!

 

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