United Supermarkets’ Lifestyle Desk
Protein is an essential macronutrient and can be found in multiple places throughout the body as well as in multiple types of foods. Protein is necessary in the diet for a plethora of reasons such as, growth and maintenance of tissue, help maintain proper pH, helps balance fluids, helps form antibodies, some help transport nutrients throughout the body, and so much more. Healthfully hosting is no small task and our dietitians are always here to help you balance out your hosting table. Here are their top 5 tips on how to add more protein.
This one is pretty intuitive. Protein coming from animal sources is the most bioavailable to your system and easy to create a spread for. Bioavailable means the body absorbs and utilizes it more efficiently. Be it chicken, turkey, fish, or red meat most of the time there is no shortage of these already on the table.
Be cognizant of how these proteins are cooked (ie: baked, fried, grilled) and if there is a sauce on them. For example, fried chicken generally has more calories than grilled chicken. With that in mind, it might alter how much you put on your plate and how full you feel after a serving. Serving sizes are important here and depending on who you are as an individual you generally can stick to 0.8g-1.6g of protein per kilogram of body weight. This is a very wide range and we always recommend talking with your healthcare team before making diet changes