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Hidden Protein Gems
Protein is primarily responsible for cell repair and growth, meaning muscle growth or preventing muscle loss. Making up 15-20% of your bodyweight protein is therefore second to water as the most abundant substance present in the body.
To get protein in our bodies there’s two ways to do this. Firstly, our own metabolic function produces protein in which our body can recycle the essential amino acids, though it cannot produce them. Therefore, through our diet, a supply of them must be provided so that the body has enough raw materials in the form of essential amino acids to replace the normal, everyday losses.
Protein is not only important for retaining muscle mass (essentially ensuring a faster metabolic capacity and more favourable body composition) but it also helps with satiety so while dieting you’re kept fuller for longer.
So if you’re looking to add more protein in your diet but hate the thought of sitting down to a plate of chicken breast or fillet of steak, here’s some hidden protein gem suggestions that will help with meeting your daily targets:
Dairy: Cheese like bega 50% Less Fat Cheese, Greek Yoghurt and Yoghurt like YoPro Yogurt
Beans and Legumes: Beans, Lentils, Tofu, Tempeh, Soybeans, Split Peas, Chickpeas, Falafel
Nuts: Almonds, Pistachios, Walnuts, Cashews, Peanuts, Nut Butters
Other: Whey Protein Powder and protein bars like BSC Low Carb Bars
So when it comes to including more protein in your diet don’t feel like you need to up the meat in your diet, there’s other ways that you can reap the benefits of a higher protein intake and meet the needs of your body with these hidden protein gems.
Speaking of the needs of your body, do you know the amount of calories, protein, carbs and fat your body needs to meet your goals? Equalution is your pocket nutrition coach, we calculate your body’s daily target goals and use foods of your preference to meet these in a customise nutrition plan.