Friday, October 9, 2009

Protein Buff

For Fabulous Food Friday I am doing something a little different. Maybe I'll even stick with this for awhile. My kids are obsessed with knowing what things do for their bodies {maybe since we have always bribed them to eat things by telling them what they do for us}. Lately they have been asking me a lot about PROTEIN. So HERE are some things you may {or may not} know about Protein!*Protein is a part of almost every cell in the body! Hair & nails are almost all protein.
*Protein builds & repairs tissues
*Your body uses protein to make things like enzymes, hormones & other chemicals
*Protein is a huge part of things like bones, blood, skin, muscles and cartilage
*Protein is a MACRONUTRIENT... we need a good amount of it. The body does not STORE protein, so there is no "reservoir" to take from when needed.
*The type of protein you consume can play a role in successful weight loss and overall health {this does NOT mean protein diets are the way to go, I don't think they are}

GOOD PROTEIN SOURCES {taken from HERE} are:

  • Fish: Fish offers heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and, in general, less fat than meat.

  • Poultry: You can eliminate most of the saturated fat by removing the skin.

  • Beans: Beans contain more protein than any other vegetable protein. Plus, they're loaded with fiber that helps you feel full for hours.

  • Nuts: One ounce of almonds gives you 6 grams of protein, nearly as much protein as one ounce of broiled ribeye steak.

  • Whole grains: A slice of whole wheat bread gives you 3 grams of protein, plus valuable fiber.

I would like to add EGGS to that list. They are amazing {Click HERE to see our previous FFF post on eggs}

2 comments:

Greta said...

Good post! I have lost weight before and always lost lean muscle along with the fat...which has lowered my metabolism and made it nearly impossible to maintain the loss. This time around, i have not lost any lean muscle at all. The BIG difference for me this time around is protein. I try to eat 1 gram of protein per lean body pound every day. My lean weight is around 128-130. (I am 5'11"). I strive to eat at least 110-125 grams a day. It has definitely made a big difference this time around!

Anonymous said...

I agree, great post! While it's always best to get nutrients from whole foods, sometimes it's just not possible for everyone. I think an important addition to your list would be protein powders. There are a lot of good options out there. I have added protein powder to my diet in order to help repair muscles after my workouts as well as just to keep me healthy in general. A good protein powder I recommend is one I found at BulkFoodsDirect.com. It's definitely worth looking into for those individuals that find it difficult to consume enough food to achieve their protein goals for the day.

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