Protein, protein, protein. Whether you’re meal prepping, having a post workout snack, or simply counting your macros, it is one of the main things we are taught to look out for. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not just how much you’re eating that’s important: It’s also where you’re getting it from. Eating excessive amounts of beef to meet your goal may not be the ideal route. Having a protein intake goal to consume on a daily basis is important, but having it come from the correct sources is too.
Meal prepping and Amino Acids
Each food contains a different array of amino acids. These amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Your body uses 20 different amino acids, 9 of them can only be produced by food. This emphasizes the importance of your body obtaining enough of these. Of these amino acids, there are tons of different combinations that can be made by combining different ones. This is what determines what your body will do with certain proteins you put into your body. If you are looking to start meal prepping, but are say vegan there are certain things to look out for. One of those being that you need to pay extra attention to make sure all your body’s amino acid needs are being met. It’s important to incorporate protein-rich plants in every meal to help guarantee you get all of the amino acids you need on a day to day basis.
Different protein sources also contain it’s unique amount of vitamins and minerals. While some sources can contain say a lot of vitamin B, others may not be rich in anything. With the lack of vitamins your body can’t do much with the protein you’re consuming. This is a crucial point to really prioritize in your meal preps!
When meal prepping, planning out all your meals for the day is key. It’s important to make sure you’re incorporating the right foods in your breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Eating steak for three meals a day might help you easily meet your daily intake, but it will definitely put you over in your desired saturated fat and cholesterol. Instead, being able to balance the protein you consume from different sources will make meal prepping much more effective in reaching your fitness goals. Meal prepping should not only be a convinience, but also help carry a healthy lifestyle. Make sure your meal preps are balanced whether you are getting them from a meal prep service or you are making them yourself. Remember, balance is key!
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