As a veggie fanatic (but not vegetarian) myself, I am thrilled at the prospect! But now that the new year is well underway, a common complaint among those who are cutting back or filling up on celery sticks is that they feel hungry all the time.
The solution? Make sure you are getting enough protein. Meals rich in protein help you to get and keep that “full” feeling. Feeling full is certain to increase your chances of success with sticking to your healthy resolutions.
recommends that 10 – 35% of your daily calories come from protein. This handy chart will help you identify how much you and your family members should be getting each day:
No doubt you found a few surprises in these lists. Whether you are omnivorous, vegetarian, vegan, or otherwise, these suggestions are just a starter course to get you thinking about the possibilities for adding healthy protein to your diet through fruits and veggies. So load up on produce: you’ll find that protein is just one of the many healthy reasons we’re encouraged to fill half our plates with fruits and veggies at every meal.
Whether for weight loss, because your doctor recommended it, or just for general good health, including a range of fruits and veggies is a positive and protein-rich resolution to consider adopting in this new year.
Wishing you a happy and healthy, produce-filled 2014!
Calculations based on grams per cup. Sources: USDA National Nutrient Database and Self Nutrition Data.
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