4 Healthy Protein Sources - And Why You Should Be Eating Them!
Protein is important, especially as we age: When our muscles, bone, skin and tissue need to be rebuilt or repaired, protein is essential. We all know that a healthy diet can help us live a healthier life, and when it comes to protein, some sources are healthier than others. Learn about healthy protein choices and some of the benefits of protein!
There are numerous benefits of protein, including:
- Protein can help make you feel full, which can tamp down on overeating and promote a healthy weight.
- Along with fats and carbohydrates, protein is important for your brain’s function and growth.
- When eaten in plant-based forms, such as nuts and legumes, protein can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
- Protein helps to build essential muscle. This is important for people who are older, since as we age, our bodies become less efficient at processing protein. This means we need more protein than we did when we were younger, to build the same amount of muscle.
Luckily there are plenty of ways to get your protein, to help you stay on a healthy path for your body and mind! Consider the following protein sources for your healthy routine.
Healthy Protein Choices:
- Nuts. Nuts are a good vegetarian source of protein, especially almonds, peanuts and walnuts. Whether you eat nuts as a snack, enjoy them in an EVER BETTER Protein Bite, or add them to salads, nuts are a great protein source for any age! Almonds - 1 ounce is 6 grams of protein, peanuts have about 7 grams per ounce.
- Beans and Lentils. This inexpensive form of protein is versatile as well, making it a staple of many dietician’s recommendations when it comes to healthy protein sources. Beans and lentils not only provide protein, but fiber as well, and are an excellent choice for vegetarians as well as meat eaters. 1 cup of cooked lentils has 18 grams of protein, and 1 cup of kidney beans has 15 grams of protein.
- Quinoa. It may be surprising that a grain can be a good source of protein, but it’s true! Quinoa is a versatile food that you can use in soups, salads, casseroles and more. Think of it as an alternative to rice, and you will be getting in 8 grams of protein for every 1 cup you eat!
- Eggs. Inexpensive, easy to cook, and versatile, eggs are a kitchen staple and also a good source of protein, as one large egg provides 6 grams.
The good news is that you can also get your protein from EVER BETTER™ Protein Bites! Each bite flavor provides 6 grams of protein, in a sweet, delicious bite that you can snack on anywhere, anytime! Plus our EVER BETTER™ Protein Bites include almonds, peanuts, egg and more. Try the different protein-rich flavors today and see which ones you like the best!Let's live EVER BETTER™ - together!