Healthy Sources of Protein

Dietary protein is a nutrient that helps us to gain muscle, create hormones in our body to help regulate our mood, and even helps to maintain our immune system. Therefore, it is important for us to consume a moderate amount of protein from lean sources, which means ‘low in fat.’

Examples of lean sources are 99% ground beef, chicken, fresh fish such as haddock, low fat dairy, and even game meats such as venison.

Try taking a day or two out of the week and eating plant-based protein sources such as black beans, lentils, and kidney beans as these foods are naturally lower in fat and salt. For those of you who have more of an adventurous palette, there are many types of plant-based protein sources including tofu and tempeh sold at your local supermarket.

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