Are You Eating Protein The Right Way?

One of the most basic and crucial things to know about health, wellness, and dietary nutrition is the importance of getting enough sources of protein in your diet every single day. You more than likely already know that protein is the nutrient that is responsible for building up and supporting your muscle mass, while also keeping you energized and feeling fuller for longer amounts of time throughout the day (which in turn helps you lose weight, as you are less likely to binge on unhealthy foods as a result of feeling hungry).

Protein can be naturally found in quite a wide variety of whole food sources that are easily available in any grocery store, and protein can even now be found in the form of powders, pills, and supplements. However, as easy as it may sound to be getting enough protein into your diet every day, there are actually right and wrong ways to go about consuming protein. As I learned from a very helpful article that I recently came across from Women’s Health Magazine, here are some of the most common (yet understandable!) mistakes that many of us end up making when it comes to getting protein. 

If you are relatively concerned about your health, you probably practice some form of a fitness routine on a regular basis, and you probably also know to load up on plenty of protein in whatever meal or snack you eat immediately after the workout. While it is essential that you get protein after exercise, you should also know to pair that protein with a healthy amount of carbohydrates as well. After all, carbohydrates are the nutrients that are responsible for succesfully transporting the amino acids of the protein to your muscles so that they can build and grow well. Interestingly enough, chocolate milk is a great candidate for a snack with protein and carbs. 

As for a more general protein rule, you should know about the importance of mixing up the sources that you get your protein from each and every day. While it is always good to have staple protein sources that you actually like eating, you need to make sure that you are getting all nine essential amino acids into your body, and very few foods actually contain all nine just by themselves. Switch out quinoa for whole grain pasta every once in a while, or swap out your morning cup of Greek yogurt for a hardboiled egg. 


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