So you’ve heard the news. Protein is kind of a big deal. But getting your daily fix of the stuff doesn’t have to be complicated. Here, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about protein now.
Meat Eater Tip: Look for 100% ground turkey or chicken breast to ensure skin and fat are not present.
Why is Protein So Important?
Protein is used to build and repair tissues and produce enzymes and hormones that help regulate metabolism and growth in the body. But keep in mind, our bodies don’t store protein so you don’t want to go overboard on your intake and create the reverse effect—weight gain—by overindulging. Remember, the goal is for calories out to exceed caloric intake.
Meat Eater Tip: Lean cuts usually include round, chuck or loin in the name.
Get Your Protein with Vi-Shape®
You may have heard Vi-Shape is The Shake Mix That Tastes Like A Cake Mix®. It truly delights the senses and leaves you full of energy and ready to conquer your Challenge—and the world. Vi-Shape contains a unique, proprietary blend of proteins called Tri-Sorb™, which combines two types of concentrated whey proteins and one non-GMO soy protein. These proteins together work to help keep you satisfied and support lean muscle to help your body burn fat.
Vegetarian Tip: Choose beans, lentils, peas, quinoa, eggs and low-fat dairy for protein plus fiber, vitamins and minerals.
What’s in it for Me?
Vi-Shape delivers more protein, calcium, fiber, vitamins and minerals than many common low calorie fast food meals. One serving of Vi-Shape provides five grams of fiber and 6.25 grams of soy protein, the latter of which helps improve muscle and overall performance. It also incorporates whey protein, which helps curb hunger. Both soy and whey proteins are rich in essential amino acids. The amino acids found in whey protein factor into tissue growth and repair. In total, Vi-Shape offers 12 grams of protein at 90 calories per serving and when mixed as directed in nonfat milk, it provides a full serving of protein—22 grams at 170 calories.
Meat Eater Tip: Like fish? Eat three to four ounces of fish like salmon, herring and mackerel for protein plus omega-3s.
Make Your Protein Work for You
Proteins are broken down into amino acids, which aid in maintaining and building muscle. Spread protein out across your meals and snacks. Distributing protein evenly throughout the day helps your body appropriately digest, absorb and leverage those amino acids as you’re busy getting your exercise on. Protein is key to losing weight, building muscle, recovering from a workout and feeling satisfied after a meal.
Vegetarian Tip: Keep in mind that grains, legumes and nuts and seeds are incomplete proteins. Pair incomplete with complementary proteins (e.g., rice and beans) to get a complete protein serving.
Whole Food Protein Sources
Protein is readily available in many whole food forms. Add variety to your diet with a range of protein sources. Animal sources include skinless chicken, steak, roasted turkey, pork, salmon and tuna. Plant sources include pinto and black beans, lentils, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, green peas and quinoa. Egg and dairy sources include Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, mozzarella, milk and eggs. Nut and seed sources include peanuts, peanut butter, almonds, flax and chia seeds and walnuts.
Well, that was a mouthful! Pat yourself on the back because you’re officially a protein pro. With the right motivation and your Vi-Shape Shake and Shape-Up™ Health Flavor Mix-Ins, you’re going to rock your next Challenge.