Protein Power

Protein is SUCH an important part to our diets! It’s the main component of our body tissues which include muscles, organs, and our skin! It is also a source of energy, particularly when there aren’t any carbohydrates available. And, very importantly, it helps keep our immune system and heart working properly! It is also critical in wound healing.

Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation out there on how much protein each person needs. Contrary to popular belief you don’t need massive amounts of protein, because frankly after a certain point your body won’t use it all anyway. The easiest way to figure out how many grams of protein you personally need everyday is to multiply .8 times your body weight in kilograms. (Your weight in pounds divided by 2.2 is your weight in kilograms). So say you weight 130 lbs. Take that and divide it by 2.2 to get 59 kg. Then multiply that times .8 to get about 47 g of protein per day.

So where can you get protein? Any type of meat, some dairy and most beans. Some lower-fat options for protein are lean cuts of meat, skinless poultry, lean fish and shellfish (such as cod, bass, halibut, salmon), low fat dairy and soy products, dry beans and peas!

Getting the right about of protein is crucial for your body to work correctly. It’s pretty easy to meet your requirements, and there are so many different ways to have it served that the possibilities are endless!

 

 

The recipes that accompany all of these pictures can be found here in my blog!  Check out my sushi casserole, My bacon weave beef tenderloin and my “extra special” steaks!  Lots of protein to love in these posts!!

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