Proteins are found in:
Meats, poultry, fish, eggs, dried beans and peas, nuts, seeds, cheese, yogurt (Greek) and milk
Body Building Proteins:
Proteins are one of the most important nutrients necessary for good health. Your body is constantly making new cells to replace those that die. Every seven years your body replaces most of its cells, except those in your brain and teeth, so it is very important to make sure that your body is getting the fuel it needs to make new ones.
Meat, Fish, Poultry, and Dairy
Beans, Nuts, Seeds, and Lentils
Because protein buids, maintains, and repairs tissues in your body, you need a lot of it. This is especially true if you are ageing or under a lot of stress, and let’s face who isn’t these days? Some proteins carry chemicals around in your body, and some chemicals together trigger essential reactions. Other proteins, called enzymes speed up chemical reactions such as those that occur in digestion. Many hormones are actually proteins themselves; in fact you have proteins in every part of your body.
Amino acids are the basic building blocks from which proteins are made. Amino acids are necessary for the building and repair of bodily tissues. Therefore, protein is a vital part of the daily diet, although the amount an individual needs each day varies at different stages of life. Babies, adolescents and anyone exerting themselves physically needs extra protein for muscle growth and repair.
Did you know?
A hen’s egg is the ONLY single food that contains all the eight essential amino acids!
Eggs often get a bad reputation, research published back in the early 80s suggested that eggs were forbidden for everyone. We still have some the remnants of the 80s left over and no I’m not talking about spandex; people still seem to think of eggs as a big no-no. Sure when consumed in large portions and prepared in grease these little amino acid packed little suckers can set you back a few calories, but if done right (poached/hard boiled) they are actually very good for you.
Eggs contain a lot of protein, so they are a great option for breakfast because they start you off strong, and keep you going until your morning break and if need be: lunch. Eggs can safely be consumed by healthy active individuals, but that being said those who are at risk of heart disease or have a history of high cholesterol in their family should avoid consuming eggs everyday because it can increase the production of bad cholesterol levels. As long as you aren’t eating them by the carton on a daily basis, and you work out daily (one hour of physical activity a day is recommended) it’s okay to have 1-2 eggs at breakfast, as long as the rest of your diet is well balanced.
Some great protein options include:
Sunflower seeds are almost the equivalent of beef steak or chicken breast for protein content. They can be eaten at any time and are packed with power. Sunflower seeds also have essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals which pass energy through the body to nourish all the organs of the body. Your skin will also improve becoming clearer and fresher looking. Sunflower seeds also contain calcium, iron,zinc, manganese, omega-3 and 6 essential fats, B-complex vitamins, beta-carotene and vitamins A, D,E and K.
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