In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you must eat the right foods. Sometimes we forget food should be fuel for our bodies and not so much for pleasure or recreation. One of the most important nutrients we can put in our bodies is protein. The word protein comes from the Greek word “protos”, which means first. This is a great thing to remember because it is such an important addition to our diet. Our bodies use protein for energy, new cell growth, to maintain your tissues and to make your bodily functions perform as they should. For many people, when they think about protein, they think about meat, but that is not the only source of protein for our bodies.
3 Non-Meat Ways To Get Protein In Your Diet
- Nuts And Seeds: One delicious way to get protein in your diet are tasty nuts and seeds. For nuts, this can include almonds, peanuts, cashews, pecans, hazelnuts and more. For seeds, you can add sunflower, sesame or pumpkin seeds for a start, each adding up to 33 grams of protein for every 100 gram serving!
- Dairy: There are so many healthy and delicious options for protein in the dairy category. You can choose from cheeses, Greek yogurt, milk and more. Remember many dairy products have vitamins and nutrients your body needs like Vitamin D for healthy skin, teeth and bones!
- Beans And Legumes: Another tasty and very filling way to get protein in your diet is with a variety of beans, legumes, lentils and such. You can easily incorporate these into a meatless dish to give you more taste, texture and energy packed protein.
If you are a busy and on the go parent like me, you do not always have time to prepare a meal using one of the above choices. Another great option to get protein in your diet which is quick, easy and delicious are the new products from Nature Valley. You can now grab a Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuit, Greek Yogurt Protein bar or the new Cranberry Almond variety of the Nature Valley Protein Granola. The Nature Valley products include delicious ingredients like blueberries, almonds, honey, peanuts and whole grains.
For a satisfying and yummy breakfast option, the Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuit is perfect. made with real blueberries and honey, you can get more than 26 grams of whole grain in each four-biscuit serving. The Greek Yogurt Protein bars have real fruit in either the mixed berry or strawberry bars, crunchy peanut and almond pieces, and 10 grams of protein per serving. The amazingly delicious Protein Granola in Cranberry Almond is a bag of loose whole grain granola, real almonds and sweetened cranberry pieces. Each serving has 10 grams of protein and at least 22 grams of whole grain and are perfect by the handful, in yogurt or in your baking recipes. You can also get this in Oats ‘n Honey and Oats ‘n Dark Chocolate.
What non-meat protein option do you incorporate in your diet?