Macronutrients! Pass Me The Protein Shake!
Protein is one of the main building blocks in your body and plays a critical role. It is an essential macronutrient this means we need this bad boy to survive!
Protein is made up of something called amino acids. We need 20 of them and luckily our body produces 11 but 9 of these amino acids are called essential amino acids because we have to get them through our diet due to the fact our body cant produce them.
It is used for growth and maintenance, building and repairing tissue. It is also important for energy, hormone creation, immune response and forming red blood cells. This bad boy keeps you full for longer and does not spike your blood sugar like carbohydrates. It is a pretty awesome nutrient!
Common sources of protein are meats, seafood, poultry, dairy, eggs and legumes. Most people think you need to eat meat to get protein, but there are various sources including some plant based sources below as an option instead of meat:
- Black Beans
- Butter Beans
- Organic Tempeh (fermented cooked soy beans)
- Hemp Seed
- Pea Protein