Protein can help to strengthen your bones and support muscles, cartilage, skin and blood health. We all are fairly familiar with animal proteins such as poultry ,seafood, eggs and dairy. But don’t overlook vegetarian proteins like beans, peas, soy products, nuts and seeds. Many high protein foods are rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, zinc and magnesium, all of which help keep the body running smoothly. Since much of our body is made up of protein eating the right amount can help us build muscle and preserve the muscle we have. Protein can also help you feel more satisfied than other nutrients such as carbohydrates and fats.
In full disclosure, as many of you know by following my Facebook or Instagram – I don’t eat enough of the good stuff. It’s a daily battle for me to get all the “good” stuff in, when I’m eating a lot of carbs and sugar. They are so addictive that it’s hard to break the cycle. But I just need to keep trying to add in more of the “good stuff” so there’s less room for all the “bad stuff”. This weeks topic was a great reminder for me on where to find proteins.