Use Your Bean!

Discover the delicious variety of plant based proteins!



Protein is a building block of your cells.  It helps repair tissues and strengthens your bones, it also promotes the health of muscles, cartilage, skin and blood too.  You may be familiar with animal proteins – meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy, but you might not know as much about plant based proteins.  These vegetarian sources include legumes such as beans, soybeans, peas, and lentils, as well as grains and plants such as quinoa, spelt and whole wheat bread (yes really!).  Protein can also be your weight loss ally.  It can help you feel more satisfied than other nutrients such as carbohydrates or fats and foods high in protein tend to be lower in Smartpoints values (and now many of them are ZERO with Freestyle!)  Eating more plant based proteins let you mix things up at mealtime.  It could save you money too. In general plant based proteins are less expensive than animal sources.  Not only that, but they’re free of the saturated fat that many meats like beef, pork and lamb have.

Protein Power!

Boost your know how about this essential nutrient.

During the April 9th meeting we discussed protein and its importance in your daily diet.  It’s something that will help you to sustain yourself a little longer with higher protein foods.  especially is you’re working out.

According to the Weight Watchers weekly, you should aim for 8 grams of protein daily for every 20 pounds you weigh.  If you weigh 180, for example, you’d aim for 72 grams of protein per day.  Let’s remember that protein is a nutrition hero! 

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.