Food Facts: Protein

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Protein is one of three macro nutrients that is essential to proper function, growth, and homeostasis of the body. 

As you probably already know, protein is made up of amino acids (aka the "building blocks" of protein). These amino acids can help build and repair tissues. And yes, muscle IS tissue! Hence, why protein is so important when trying to build muscle. On a cellular level, think of proteins as the muscle of the cell - they do all the heavy lifting work! So you can see why protein is essential to life. 

In food, 1 gram of protein is 4 calories. Good protein sources are things like meat, fish, eggs, dairy, and quinoa. But small amounts of protein are present in nearly all foods.

When it comes to allergies, proteins from food may also be seen as a foreign objects to our bodies. When this happens, an immune response is initiated which can cause what we know as allergenic symptoms (hence - food allergies!).

Frozen Honey Lemon Protein Bars

Ingredients:

-3 scoops vanilla-flavored Protein flour/powder of choice (choose one):

~Casein or whey (milk)

~Soy protein

~Egg white protein

~Pea protein

~Peanut protein

-3 tbsp honey

-6 drops liquid stevia extract

-1/2 tbsp lemon zest

-1/2 tbsp vanilla extract

-1 tbsp coconut oil

-3 tbsp nut butter of choice (sunflower is OK)

-1/2 cup pasteurized egg whites

-2-5 tbsp milk of choice (almond, soy, cow, etc.)

 

Directions:

-Mix all ingredients together, adding milk until consistency is thick like cookie dough

-Scoop out into a square dish or sheet small enough so that the dough is 1/2” thick

-Freeze for 1 hr

-Remove from freezer 15 minutes before cutting.

 

-Slices into however many bars you like and keep in the freezer until ready to eat! (Let thaw slightly before enjoying)

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