Friday, February 7, 2014

The Power of Protein

How many of you have heard that protein is an essential part of your diet or that it is key if you want to lose weight/build lean muscle? Well, today I hope to fill in those gaps and paint a clear picture for you on the facts of protein.

1.      Fact: Protein IS in fact an essential macronutrient. It is important for not only building lean muscle but also for keeping you fuller longer!  Including protein with your breakfast, lunch, and dinner is a great way to practice a healthy diet.

2.      Fiction: Animal protein is necessary.  It is NOT necessary to eat animal based protein, although this form does provide a different variety of nutrients. Protein can be found in a variety of complex carbohydrates, legumes, and soy based products that when paired together give you a complete package!

3.      Fiction: Protein shakes are necessary after a workout. Yes, protein is indeed important for repairing muscle after a strenuous workout, however it is not always necessary to fill up on protein powder based shakes.  Protein can be found in a Greek yogurt parfait that provides an equivalent if not greater amount than the one scoop of powder.

4.      Fact: Protein bars provide a convenient source of protein on the go. Protein bars are excellent to incorporate for those who have a hard time getting up in time for breakfast and need a nutritional boost on the way to class. Just make sure to choose the right kind for your needs! Our markets across campus are stocked with a wide variety.  I personally like to recommend Kind, Luna, and Cliff Bars. They all have a fairly similar nutrition profile that will keep you full until you’re out of class!

Still not sure if you believe me? There’s research out there to prove it! Check out the recent article published in the New York Time’s that breaks down protein even further and gives you the 411 on the bars available to help you make the decision on what’s best for you! Link :

A Selection of Protein Bars @ Your Neighborhood Market!

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