Feeling sluggish? Struggling to maintain lean muscle mass? Constantly sick? Experiencing brittle hair and nails? Low protein intake may be to blame!

Adequate protein intake is critical for overall health, especially when it comes to energy, metabolism and injury prevention, yet many of us women still fall short

Let’s jump back to human physiology 101. Amino acids, the building blocks of protein, are responsible for building every cell in our body from enzymes to antibodies. When our intake of protein is chronically low, our body gradually stops running like a well-oiled machine. In fact, research tells us that inadequate protein in women can contribute to everything from increased risk for swelling, bone fractures, insatiable appetite, and infections. 

Aiming for a palm full of protein- plant or animal based- at each meal is a great start. Here are 5 unique ideas to help add extra protein to your diet:

  1. Cook an egg into your oatmeal while it is simmering on the stove. (Great trick for kids as well as it is not noticeable, especially once you add toppings! 
  2. Try adding ¼-½ cup soft or silken tofu to your smoothie.
  3. Add a packet of Call Me Collagen to your green juice
  4. Dip apple slices in pumpkin seed butter for a snack. (One of the highest protein contents of all nut and seed butters!)
  5. Bread your chicken or fish with crushed almonds instead of bread crumbs.