Protein is in every cell of the human body and act as building blocks in our system. Protein helps steady blood sugar, helps us feel satisfied, can act as a natural anti-depressant, and is necessary for proper growth and development.
There are varying views on how much protein we need, according to the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute growing children should eat about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day and adults about 1/2 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day. Dr. Steve Chaney has a great newsletter about protein in Health Tips from the Professor. His guidelines are similar, but more involved based on ages and activity levels.
When we think of protein we think of MEAT, but adequate protein can be obtained from plant sources if you choose wisely. When choosing meats choose lean cuts of meat and remove the skin when possible. Here are some plant based choices:
If you are not vegan or vegetarian try doing "Meatless Monday". Just one night a week of whole food, plant based foods will help change your tastes, introduce rich phytonutrients, fiber, vitamins and minerals into your diet and can be an important step towards a healthier lifestyle.