Including PROTEIN FOODS at each meal + snack can help balance our blood sugar & help us stay satisfied longer. Protein keeps our muscles healthy and is the building blocks for bones, skin, blood, enzymes, hormones, etc.
So protein is critical, but the TYPE & VARIETY OF PROTEIN YOU EAT MATTERS. Read on…
WHAT IS PROTEIN MIX?
PROTEIN MIX is the variety of protein foods you eat each week. It includes both animal + plant proteins. This mix of BOTH animal + plant protein is what my Flexitarian Diet is all about!
WHY IS PROTEIN MIX IMPORTANT?
There are different nutrients in each animal + plant protein source. And now *NEW* exciting research shows that a MIX (variety) of protein sources is essential for…
❤️ heart health; a mix of protein helps decrease risk of hypertension
🩸 blood sugar support; a mix of protein helps decrease risk of diabetes
🦠 good gut bacteria; a mix of protein provides the MOST diverse gut microbiome, even more than strict plant-based eaters (and gut health is linked to better digestion, immunity, brain health, and more.)
WHAT’S YOUR WEEKLY PROTEIN MIX?
THIS WEEK: TRACK YOUR PROTEINS!
To make sure you’re eating a MIX of both animal + plant protein each week, keep a list on your phone or a little scrap of paper & record each time you eat each of these proteins. How much variety are you getting??
✅ beans & lentils
✅ nuts & seeds
✅ soy foods
✅ red meat
Pro-Tip: An easy first step to work on your PROTEIN MIX is to vary your weekly dinner proteins such as…
4 dinners = beans, lentils, soy foods
1 dinner = fish
1 dinner = chicken
1 dinner = red meat
Then make sure you’re eating other proteins foods such as nuts + seeds + eggs + dairy in other meals/snacks through the week.