Healthy diets need to include protein because:
- It is used for growth and repairs in the body.
- Helps nutrients move to and from the cells of the body.
- Necessary for healthy hair, skin and nails
- Important for muscle development
- A source of energy
- Necessary to help to fight disease
Good Sources of Protein for Healthy Diets
- Fish, meat, chicken
- Dairy products
- Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah)
- Peas and beans
Protein sources such as peas, beans and rice do not contain all of the essential amino acids by themselves. As such, unless they are combined with another source, the protein cannot be used for growth or repair of tissues.
Examples of grains:
Examples of legumes:
Examples of nuts and seeds are:
- Sesame seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Brazil nuts
Combining legumes with nuts or seeds is another combination that provides a complete protein. Using these combinations can help you devise a healthy diet plan that will assist in getting the protein needed for good health.
Perhaps some of the foods listed in this discussion on protein, as part of your healthy diet plan, are new to you. Try some new tastes, experiment with new recipes. If you have some great ideas that have contributed to your healthy diet plan, share them with us by leaving a comment.
Be in good health