The Power of Protein

You have most likely heard about how you should be eating protein, maybe in the context of working out and muscle building. But whether you work out regularly or not, whether you’re trying to build muscle or stay lean, you should be focused on eating protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues and it is the building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood. Your hair and nails are also made mostly of protein and your body uses protein to make the enzymes and hormones that keep you balanced.

That is why you should always have protein on hand. Whether you are making a meal for your family at home or on the go running errands. It is smart to plan ahead and make sure you have a protein-filled snack or meal for any occasion.

But not all protein is made equal. There are some forms of protein that come with a lot of things that aren’t necessarily good for you. Take a big juicy steak for example. It has a lot of protein yes, but it also has a hefty amount of artery-clogging saturated fat as well. Not to say that you can’t ever enjoy a steak, but it’s best to look for lean proteins for the majority of your protein intake.

Chicken is probably one of the most recognized and used lean protein. But only eating chicken can get old pretty fast and it’s not easy to take with you if you are in a hurry. Below we have a list of lean protein options that will get you out of your chicken rut and can be easy to grab on the go.

  1. Tuna packed in water
    You want to make sure your tuna is packed in water and not oil to avoid eating a high amount of fat. Tuna is really easy to pack in a lunch box and tastes good over salad.

  2. Salmon
    Salmon is not only a great source of lean protein, but it is also has a lot of good fatty acids and omegas that your body needs. Salmon is really easy to prepare. Try it as an alternative to chicken for your weeknight meals.

  3. Cold cuts
    If you are making a salad, packing a lunch, or on the go, cold cuts are an easy way to eat protein. You want to make sure to buy fresh slices from the deli to avoid eating a lot of preservatives and sodium.

  4. Low fat cottage cheese
    Cottage cheese makes the perfect snack and can easily be packed in a lunch. It’s full of protein a great way for people who do not eat meat to get their protein.

  5. Beef jerky
    Beef jerky is tasty and full of protein. It is a great substitute for when you’re craving a salty snack and has a long shelf life so it’s easy to have on hand.

Protein is a powerful tool you should add to your toolbox of foods. Whether for snacking or for a meal, eating protein will help you live a balanced and healthy life. If you have any question about protein or finding a good eating plan for you, contact us today.