Proteins can be found in every cell in the body. They perform vital roles and without them our body could not function. There are a total of 22 amino acids in the body which when combined in different ways, make proteins.
The amino acids are classified into two categories, essential and nonessential. The nonessential category represents fourteen amino acids which the body can make on its own. The remaining eight are considered essential amino acids because the body can only get them through food and cannot manufacture them.
Foods High in Protein
Let’s take a look at what foods are high in protein.
Fish is an excellent source of protein. Consider eating baked or grilled instead of fried so that it is prepared the healthiest way possible.
Broccoli, romaine lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, green beans and kale are protein rich foods that provide nutrient rich calories when consumed. Green leafy vegetables provide more protein then red meat, without the fat intake and minus the cost.
Red meat is a good source of protein but you must be careful to select a lean cut of meat that does not have a lot of fat attached. One ounce of meat (or fish) is equivalent to about seven grams of protein.
2% or skim milk is a healthy way to add protein in your diet. If you do not like to drink a glass of milk then see where you can add it whether it is in cereal or in a healthy shake. Other dairy products that are high in protein include yogurt and cheese (consider a low fat alternative).
Half a cup of soy beans have a whopping fourteen grams of protein. Soy milk may also be an attractive alternative for you. Other beans such as kidney beans and lentils also provide the body with essential amino acids.
Three ounces of mollusks, clams, crustaceans and shrimp can have up to twenty grams of protein.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts that include cashews, almonds, and pecans in addition to pumpkin and sunflower seeds are also a delicious easy to carry snack that is packed with protein.
Adequate amounts of protein in your diet are important in allowing the body to function efficiently and effectively. Remember that in addition to good protein intake, it is important to also have a balance of carbohydrates which also play a vital role in the body.