We hear it all the time, protein is so important to our health and we need to eat more. But do we really understand why? And how much? And not all protein is created equal, either, some kinds are better for our bodies to digest than others. It can get confusing and often times we are not eating nearly enough protein as our bodies need.
Let’s start out but reviewing the health benefits of protein. Proteins are the foundation for our body: they help build muscle and give our body structure and integrity. Proteins are important in managing blood sugar as our body does not store protein like it does fat, so it is important to eat throughout the day in order to maintain stable energy levels.
Proteins are made up of 20 amino acids, think of them like the building blocks to protein. Out of the 20 amino acids, 10 are essential, (meaning your body does not make them and it is crucial to get from outside source) and 10 are non-essential (meaning your body can make on its own but still important to supplement from an outside source). The best sources of amino acids are from humanely raised, sustainable animals meaning grass-fed beef, pasture raised pork, free-range chicken all free of hormones and antibiotics.
How much protein should you actually be eating though? I found out the hard way when I decided to count my macro nutrients and suddenly realized I was not eating nearly enough protein for my body. The typical rule of thumb for macro nutrient intake is 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fats. Or conversely, you can multiply your body weight by .5 and that is the amount of protein in grams you should generally aim to consume each day.
It is important to make sure you’re getting a good variety in your protein sources to ensure all amino acids are being consumed. I found it extremely difficult when counting my macros to consistently hit my protein number just simply with meat; you almost always have to add in additional sources. One of my favorite sources for protein is from Rootz Nutrition. I absolutely love the Paleo Protein Superfood powder for so many reasons.
First, this powder is non-dairy based which is wonderful for those with any lactose intolerance. Instead, they use a combination of egg-white protein, sacha inchi powder, and hemp protein. This incredible combination is not only rich in protein, but also an excellent source of healthy fat and y’all know how much I love healthy fats. Sacha Inchi is arguably one of the most sustainable sources of protein on this planet. This wild harvested Amazonian super seed is also an excellent source of Omega 3, 6, 9 fatty acids, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and fiber. It also helps support healthy cholesterol, brain health, heart health, bone and joint health, and healthy skin and hair.
To top it off, it has incredible flavor and when ground in its most natural state it tastes like peanut butter! What is better than that? So you can imagine how thrilled I was to see it as a primary ingredient in Rootz Nutrition Protein Powder. This powder is an excellent way to supplement your protein throughout the day as well as gain that variety needed to incorporate all the amino acids. I’ve created this delicious Protein Banana Bread as another option in incorporating protein throughout the day! Hope you enjoy!