Protein is crucial for our bodies. Every part of us uses protein, from our blood that carries the life-giving oxygen we need, to our cells, to our muscles, bones and hormones, to name a few. Literally every function of our body is controlled by proteins.
So we need good sources of protein in all our meals. However, not too much for excess protein in the diet is metabolized by the body just like sugar.
If you do a lot of exercise then you may require more protein to repair and build your muscles.
Be careful if you increase your protein intake for you will have to decrease your intake of other foods as the number of calories we require each day does not change. Protein-rich smoothies are usually high in calories, therefore replace a meal with one.
The amount of protein required per day varies, depending on where you look for the info, and by your age, sex, and activity level. So it’s confusing.
Some sources say the recommended daily intake is about 56 grams per day for the average sedentary man, 46 grams per day for the average sedentary woman, indicating the minimum required to keep you from becoming sick. While an article at Harvard Health reports a professional advocating twice that.
Perhaps the crucial point is how active you are.
If you are confused (and it matters to you), then check with a medical professional for your specific requirements.
The Harvard Health article suggests …
The potential benefits of higher protein intake … include preserving muscle strength despite aging and maintaining a lean, fat-burning physique.
We have two protein recipe options for you. Please turn to the Next Page (click button below) for the 1st recipe: Protein-Rich Banana Chocolate Smoothie …