The importance of protein: Building blocks for your body
Why do I need protein?
In one of our previous newsletters, we talked about Macronutrients (protein, fats and carbohydrates), and the importance of balancing your intake of these three key components. If you’ve ever tried to gain muscle or lose weight, surely protein has been a recurring topic in your journey. But why is protein so crucial for our bodies?
Proteins play an essential structural role since they are present in all the body’s tissues and provide the building blocks to manufacture of enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and antibodies. Basically, it's not just your muscles that require protein: they are essential for everything vital to your body's proper functioning.
Hit your protein target every day!
Meeting your body's requirements for protein consumption is essential for staying healthy and achieving your ideal weight. For people looking to lose weight, protein plays a big role.
Your nutritionist should help you determine how much protein you need.
We also offer custom meal plans that we tailor to meet your protein requirements The plans are designed to help you meet your individual goals and needs.
Start by taking our survey to provide us information on your current body condition and your weight loss or management goals.
We then analyze your data and create combinations of recipes that ensure you can easily reach your daily proteins goals. You then receive a personalized 1-week meal plan (up to 7 weeks total), a shopping list for each week, and easy-to-follow recipes for all dishes.
Proteins come from a variety of both plant and animal products:
- Legumes (i.e. chickpeas)
While animal products are considered "complete" (they contain all essential amino acids), plant proteins usually lack at least one amino acid. Eating a combination of different plant proteins throughout the day is therefore important for vegetarians and vegans.
Discover an "egg-cellent" source of protein!
Did you know that whole eggs are among the most nutritious foods available? They’re a great source of easily absorbable protein, and they’re also an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and antioxidants.
Egg whites are almost pure protein, but whole eggs that include the yolk provide many more nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats. So get crackin’ and enjoy one of nature’s best protein sources!
Enjoy a protein-rich simple snack recipe on us!
Smoked salmon lettuce rollup
1/4 head Green Lettuce
3 tbsps Cream Cheese, Regular 2 oz
Smoked Salmon (sliced)
1/2 Cucumber (sliced in quarters)
Spread the cream cheese evenly onto the lettuce leaf. In the center of the leaf, add the smoked salmon. Top with the sliced cucumber. From the bottom of the lettuce leaf, roll up. Slice the roll in half, serve on a plate and enjoy!
- Juno Wellness