Why Our Bodies Need Protein
Protein is essential after weight loss surgery and plays a critical role in the body. It is a requirement! The body does NOT store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.
How Protein Helps the Body
Protein is a vital component of every cell in the human body. Hair and nails are comprised of protein. Repair of our body tissue requires protein, as does building muscle. The creation of enzymes, hormones, and other body components and chemicals utilize protein. Simply put, it is a key ingredient in building bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.
We tailor your protein needs based on your weight, gender, health history, and other individual needs. Larger BMI’s typically require more protein, therefore, getting more than 90 grams of protein each day will require some planning. This is where our protein shakes come in handy for meal replacements or snacks as needed. But for those that don’t prefer the taste of protein shakes, here are some great ways to increase your protein intake throughout the day.
- Try mixing a vanilla protein powder with crystal light to make a creamy lemonade flavor.
- Mix an unflavored protein powder in the foods you typically eat such as: applesauce, puddings, whisk into gravies, hummus, pasta sauce, salad dressings, light cream cheese spreads or vegetable dips, coffee, pancakes, and many more.
- Use pure egg white protein to replace your whey protein powders.
** ¼ of a cup can provide about 16-27 grams of protein per serving. Be sure to check ingredient labels as some products use other additives besides dried, powdered, egg whites. Check out this link to help you find your favorite brand of egg white powder. https://top10supplements.com/best-egg-protein-powders/