Foods couldn’t be more confusing. Whether it’s a news break about the risks of red meat, or a Facebook link to a story on the dangers of not getting enough protein – it can be so hard to know what you and your family should and shouldn’t eat! Below you’ll find the perfect supermarket-friendly checklist for your next store run or Peapod/AmazonFresh order if you prefer to shop online.
If you’re vegan or have super picky kids, you can still achieve optimal protein intake by combining the amino acids found in a variety of foods into your meals. Here are some non-animal sources of protein that you should do your best to eat:
- Brussel Sprouts
- Peanuts, Walnuts, Almonds, and Pistachios
- Spinach and Kale (not high in protein, but has important micronutrients for protein breakdown)
Other sources do in fact come from fish and animals. Let’s discuss below:
- Low-Fat Dairy
- Lean Grass-Fed Meats (Beef, Bison, Elk, Buffalo)
- Low Sodium/No Hormone Poultry (Chicken, Turkey, Duck)
- Fresh-Caught/No Farm Seafood (Salmon, Cod, Tuna, Shrimp, Crab)
Now, all of the above foods are essential in your diet as we always strive to find the majority of our calories from whole foods that surround us. But, sometimes you’re on the go, other times you don’t feel like eating a whole meal, and sometimes you just want it to taste like a dessert. If this sounds like you then try Robert Irvine’s FITCRUNCH® protein bars and powders that can provide a whopping 24 to 30 grams of protein per serving and help you meet your needs. Most importantly, they are absolutely delicious and serve as a versatile snack or dessert that actually does your body good.