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Five tips to get MORE PROTEIN on your plate

I love sharing food, and I don’t even mind if someone wants to steal a bite off my plate, but don’t ever take my protein!

I’m all about this macronutrient, and for good reason – proteins aren’t known as the body’s “building blocks” for nothing. Dietary protein helps to maintain the health of your body and brain, and it assists in everything from cell growth and repair to enzyme and hormone production. So what else makes this super-nutrient so special?

⭐It fills you up with goodness

When hunger and cravings strike, we tend to reach for “quick and easy” snacks. However, the carbohydrates and sugar
in these foods end up creating a blood-glucose roller-coaster that brings your brainpower and energy crashing down. Choose to snack on protein, however,
and not only will this slow-metabolising nutrient make you feel fuller for longer, but it will also reduce levels of ghrelin (the hunger hormone) so you can snack less.

⭐It keeps you beautiful from the inside out

Dietary protein breaks down into amino acids that support skin and hair health, and are essential in the production and maintenance of collagen.

⭐It improves your muscle mass

Your muscles are made of protein, so it stands to reason that eating protein helps keep them strong and healthy. But muscle mass isn’t just about the muscles you can feel – it also plays a crucial role in many physiological processes, from maintaining a healthy metabolism, blood pressure, and body fat to managing stress levels and protecting against chronic disease

Tell us which of the five you like best and why? Michele loves writing for @body&soul – in the Sunday Telegraph so keep a lookout for more!

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