There are two main areas of food from which to get a good dose of healthful and beneficial proteins. The first area is from the all natural route; the other area comes from the human made route. In the case of healthful proteins both are viable options and in some cases the human made products that deliver protein pack more into every bite then nature ever could.
But first lets take a look at what nature in it’s pure form has to offer. Fish and seafood are both excellent sources of protein. Salmon while somewhat fattier then most other fish, contains high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids and high amounts of protein which combined is like a powerhouse of goodness for your body. Poultry from the white meat category is also high in protein, a meal of grilled chicken (not fried) can be tasty and good for you.
Moving on from poultry, when it comes to healthy proteins, it is hard to leave out superfood powder as these supplements are regularly consumed by bodybuilders as they consider it an important part of their diet that keeps them going in the gym by sweating it out for hours and hours in order to get a lean body with no fat and a lot of speed and agility in performing various everyday tasks.
Beans and Soy also contain high amounts of protein, plus beans are also a good source of fiber which means you’ll feel fuller quicker. Surprisingly lean beef is also a good source of protein plus zinc and B12. The same holds true of pork as being a good source of protein. Peanuts also contain high levels of protein, however due to their high fat content they (and peanut butter) should be consumed in moderation.
Milk, cheese, and yogurt are also good sources of not only protein but also calcium. Sticking to low or non-fat versions of these items can help you get a lot of protein and calcium without the fat. Eggs are also a good source of protein and are inexpensive. While consuming too much egg can lead to high cholesterol, adults can safely consume one egg daily and still get all the benefits without the risks.
Now on to the man made side of things. Of course the best choices in this section will be those made from natural ingredients. Take for example Kashi foods which are made with many grains that are natural and supplemented with additional protein, fiber, and other good for you things. On the go you can choose from a huge variety of protein shakes and protein bars but one should be aware that many of these pack a lot of carbs which is not good if you are not highly active. For active individuals and those that exercise regularly, these protein bars are great pick me ups and give enough energy to get through a workout after a long day. For those who aren’t as active, going for the simpler bars such as Nature Valley and Kashi will give you that full feeling plus protein and vitamins without as many carbs as the power and full protein bars. All of these to go supplements tend to cost more per serving then the other natural options.
Proteins are an important part of any diet and can be found in a variety of foods for relatively little money. Combined with other healthful nutrients, proteins help maintain a healthy, active body.