The Power of Protein
Did you know protein completes the macronutrient trifecta of carbohydrates and fats? Our bodies not only require protein to rebuild and repair muscle tissue, but also to help with important body processes like your immune response. To uncover the possibilities of protein, we spoke with Aramark Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Julia Werth to get the rundown on this necessary nutrient.
Many people think that protein is the magical ingredient to strengthen muscles. But, “eating protein does not automatically build muscle,” Julia explains. If you’re looking to increase your muscle mass, it’s important to combine a protein-rich diet with a good workout regimen.
To up your protein intake, Julia says, “It’s best to get dietary protein from food” rather than supplements. Seafood is an excellent source of animal-based protein, with every 4 ounces of fish or shellfish containing between 18 and 22 grams. Give this garlic grilled salmon recipe a try!
It’s a Bean-anza
Surprise! Protein can come from both animal and plant sources. Nuts, seeds and legumes (like beans and lentils) are some of Julia’s go-to sources because of their versatility. Discover what she’s taco-ing about with this spicy, plant-forward Kale and Black Bean Tacos recipe.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.