Health Benefits of Lean Protein

Protein helps the body to build more muscle and activates the liver to use fatty acids for fuel. Eating more lean protein will lower blood pressure, lift mood, give more energy, lower cholesterol, and help you lose weight without having to count calories. Protein even improves the condition of your skin and slows down the aging process.

Animal proteins such as eggs, cheese, milk, meat and fish are considered complete proteins because they provide sufficient amounts of all essential amino acids. Plant proteins, such as lentils, chick peas, soy beans and beans are classified as incomplete proteins and need to be combined with nuts and seeds to make a complete protein. Include a portion of protein at every meal for best results

Omega 3  can have a significant impact on mood disorders as both Omega 3 and Omega 6 help with brain development. Omega 3 is found in salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, soybeans, kidney beans, walnuts, flaxseeds, flaxseed oil and, to a lesser degree in dark green vegetables. The Omega 6 group is from the plants sesame, sunflower, safflower and corn. It can also be found in smaller amounts in chicken, turkey, olive oil and almonds.

Happy Mind Hot Tips for incorporating more protein and Omega 3 into your diet 

  • For main meals, a portion of protein is the size of your palm or 150-200 grams
  • A portion for a snack is 50-80 grams
  • Avoid processed meats as they often contain gluten
  • Limit red meat to three times per week
  • Include protein foods that are high in Omega 3 and Omega 6, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines, chicken and turkey.

 

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6 Responses to Health Benefits of Lean Protein

  1. Jo Saunders says:

    I didn’t realise cheese was considered a protein. Are there better cheeses to eat? Is Feta Low salt feta a good choice? Thank!

    • tracey says:

      Hi Jo, Feta is a great choice,as is goats cheese, ricotta and cottage cheese. Most of your hard cheeses are also fine. As always everything in moderation. I find cheese is great way to balance fruit sugars to help stabilse blood sugar levels and minimise hunger. As an example a great snack for morning tea is sliced apple combined with thinly sliced cheddar or feta cheese or try a dollop of Ricotta or Cottage cheese on your morning fruit, sprinkled with some Chia or Flaxseeds. I think poor old cheese got a bit of bad name when the “Low Fat” era was in full swing. My personal opinion is that sugar and wheat cause far more damage. Enjoy!!!! regards Tracey

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    • tracey says:

      Hi John, thank you. My passion is to share and educate. I am not sure what you mean by experiencing more quarrels.

      regards Tracey

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