Protein is an essential component of any healthy diet. Your body needs this nutrient to build and repair cells, maintain and build lean muscle mass, and produce energy.
Why Protein is Good For You
Sometimes it's challenging to eat enough because of health issues or low appetite. Other times, your body may require more than usual, such as when you're working out at more intense levels. Protein is good for you because it:
- Supports your metabolism and immune system
- Keeps bones and muscles strong
- Helps keep your appetite in check, making it easier to lose weight or maintain weight loss
No matter the reason for needing to add more of this nutrient to your diet, this infographic provides seven easy ways to do so.
Infographic Text: How to Add More Protein to Your Diet
Your body needs protein to carry out a number of important functions— to build muscle, repair tissue, and regulate cells.
If you find it difficult to eat enough protein on a daily basis, here are 7 simple ways you can add more protein to your diet:
A Well-Balanced Diet
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- Eat protein before other parts of your meal, while you're still hungry.
- Snack on protein-rich foods, such as cheese, hummus, and nut butter.
- Start your day with egg-based breakfasts instead of carb-loaded foods.
- Top salads, soups, cereals, yogurt, and veggies with nuts.
- Don't skimp on protein in salads — include meat, poultry, fish, tofu, beans, or cheese.
- Fill soups and stews with beans, lentils, and/or meats.
- If you don't eat meat, eat high-protein plant foods such as edamame, tofu, beans, lentils, and nuts.
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