What is protein and why do I need it?

Protein is an essential nutrient that plays many roles in the body:

  • Builds healthy body tissue and maintains muscle mass
  • Serves as a source of energy
  • Keeps you feeling full and satisfied
  • Promotes a healthy immune system
  • Helps keep nails, skin and hair strong and healthy
  • What happens if I am not getting enough protein?

If you are not consuming enough protein daily, you may experience the following:

  • Loss of muscle
  • Thinning of hair
  • Brittle nails
  • Hunger throughout the day
  • Weight gain
  • Weakened immune system
  • Skin impairment

How do I make sure I am getting enough protein daily?

  • Eat at least 20 grams of protein at each meal (approximately 3-4 ounces)
  • Eat protein first at meals

Good Sources of Protein include:

Protein bars can be used as meal replacements if appropriate. Only have a protein bar if it can tide you over until your next meal. They can be a good option for days when you have little time to prepare a meal. Below are products we recommend, as they are high in protein and low in sugar:

    • Protein Bars:
      One Bar
      Quest Bar
      Built Bar
      Pure Protein