Shawn Johnson's the body department - why protein is important and my favorite ways to get it
Taralynn McNitt

5 Ways to Add More Protein to Your Diet

We all know protein is important to a balanced diet, but it’s not always easy to get it in. Here are a few of my favorite easy ways to get the protein you need regularly, and some reasons why you need it.

1. If you are active, you’ll need extra protein to help you recover after your exercises.

2. Every cell in your body is made up of protein and you’ll need extra to repair the tissue, to make enzymes and hormones.

3.Your bones, muscles, skin, blood, and cartilage rely on protein as a main building block.

4. Building lean muscle is ideal and protein will help you build and prevent muscle loss.

5. Protein can curb unnecessary hunger pangs which will help you maintain a healthy weight.

6. Since your body does not store protein, so you’ll need to eat it more often.

Shawn Johnson's the body department - why protein is important and my favorite ways to get it

Tera’s Whey rBGH Free Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Whey Protein (Dark Chocolate)

Tera’s Whey Organic, Bourbon Vanilla (Bourbon Vanilla)

Biochem 100% Whey Protein, Vanilla

Vega One French Vanilla Protein Powder (Vegan)

Soy Protein Powder – Plain Genisoy  (Budget Friendly)

Shawn Johnson's the body department - why protein is important and my favorite ways to get it

Power Crunch High Protein Cookies & Cream

Quest Bars! (Variety Pack)

Zone Perfect Double Dark Chocolate

Vega Chocolate Coconut Protein Bar

PowerBar Protein Plus- Chocolate Peanut Butter

Clif Bar Energy Bars, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

Kind Plus Protein Bars- Almond Walnut Macadamia

ThinkThin Chunky Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Shawn Johnson's the body department - why protein is important and my favorite ways to get it

Health Works Chia Seeds

Signature’s Kirkland Fancy Mixed Nuts

TruRoots Organic Quinoa 100% Whole Grain

The Good Bean Sea Salt Roasted Chickpeas

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Raw Sunflower Seeds

Braga Organic Farms Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Shawn Johnson's the body department - why protein is important and my favorite ways to get it

Barney Butter Almond Butter 90 Calorie Snack Packs

Macadamia Nut Cookie Spread

Artisana Organic Raw Pecan Butter

Omega Nutrition Organic Pumpkin Seed Butter

Nuts ‘N More Chocolate Almond Butter

Nuttzo Omega-3 Multi-Nut Butter

WOWBUTTER (Safe-For-School) Tastes Just Like Peanut Butter! All NON-GMO Ingredients.

New York Superfoods Chia Chocolate Peanut Butter

Shawn Johnson's the body department - why protein is important and my favorite ways to get it

Baked or Grilled Salmon

Baked Chicken

Eggs

Shrimp

Salmon

Tilapia

Cod

Crab

Other: Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese, Tofu, Beans, Avocado, Lentils, & Leafy Greens!

*This post was originally published on Taralynn’s website, Simply Taralynn. For more from Taralynn visit www.simplytaralynn.com.

Hi, There! My name is Taralynn McNitt. This is my fourth year as a healthy living blogger. I love cooking healthy meals, traveling, my fluffy goldendoodle (Mr Grumples), photography, and reaching fitness goals while helping others reach theirs. I turn healthy food into tasty food and fitness into fun. Living a healthy lifestyle shouldn't feel like a chore. After high school, I set out on a weight lo…

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