Protein Rich Foods

Why is it important to eat protein?
It is important for everyone to eat protein. You can follow a vegan, vegetarian or even a paleo diet and you still need to be sure that you are getting adequate amounts of protein each day.  Protein helps your body feel fuller for longer because it helps fiber break down more slowly.  Protein is in every cell in your body. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissue and it is an important building block of bones, cartilage, skin, blood and muscles.

How much protein should I eat?
Ideally you want to have protein with every meal and snack. A balanced meal has a combination of protein, healthy fats, and fiber. Different people need different amounts of proteins, healthy fats, and fibers. Listen to your body. If you are feeling full and satisfied after you eat then you are probably getting enough of each. If you are still hungry 20 minutes after you ate, your meal might not have enough of one of the components. 
Hummus with raw veggies is a great snack.  The chickpeas offer protein, the olive oil is a healthy fat, and the veggies have lots of fiber.
Here is a simple homemade hummus recipe: http://simplyhealthycharlotte.com/apps/recipe/details/id/Chickpea-Hummus

Foods that are good sources of protein:
We are asked often about clean and healthy sources of protein. Both animal and vegan. Here are a few ideas for you-
meats:  organic chicken, seafood, grass fed bison or beef, organic eggs
dairy:  (organic or hormone free) yogurt that has no added sugar, organic or raw cheese
nuts and nut butters:  almonds, walnuts, cashew
seeds:  chia, hemp, pumpkin, flax, sesame, sunflower, poppy
beans:  chick peas, black beans, kidney beans
grains:  quinoa, brown rice
vegetables:  green peas, broccoli, kale, spinach, mushrooms, sweet potato, asparagus

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