Sources of Amino Acids

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When you think of sources of protein, MEAT probably comes to mind first. And that would be correct! Meat contains the essential amino acids that your body needs to meet protein requirements for healthy eating. Proteins are crucial for our bodies to grow and repair healthy tissue and promotes a happy, healthy body!

Eating a variety of animal proteins includes beef, pork, turkey, chicken or eggs. There are also dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese also provide essential amino acids.

Seafood is another healthy way to increase your protein intake. The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that most fish (salmon, tuna, shrimp, halibut, etc.) contain around 7-8 grams of protein per ounce. As an added bonus, certain fish contain omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help prevent chronic disease.

Vegetarian proteins may include legumes, nuts, and whole grains Soybeans are actually a food that contains all of the essential amino acids. Legumes such as lentils, chickpeas, pinto beans and black beans contain anywhere from 10-17 grams of protein per cup. Nuts and seeds typically provide 5-8 grams of protein per ounce.

Whole grains are also a surprising source of protein and amino acids as well. A cup of whole grain pasta or long grain rice can provide 6-7 grams of protein. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-Wah) is a small grain that contains all of the amino acids making it a “complete protein” all by itself.

Quinoa is delicious when it is added to salads, used instead of rice, or added to a meal as a side dish. Chia seeds and hemp hearts are easily located at your local market and can be added to our meal replacement shakes or almost any other meal! These small grains and seeds are powerhouses of protein!

My very favorite Meal Replacement shake recipe is below:

Vanilla Meal Replacement shake

Frozen Berry mix

Chia seeds and/or hemp seeds

Mix shake as directed. Add frozen berries and chia and/or hemp seeds. Enjoy!

Animal based sources tend to be the best foods containing the highest percentages of amino acids. You can increase your own amino acid intake with our Amino Acid drops! Taking these drops in conjunction with a high protein/low carb and sugar diet results in weight loss and an increase in overall well-being.

The main thing to keep in mind is that all amino acids are needed for the body to function at its best! Ensuring that you add Amino Acid drops to your daily routine can help you feel better, lose weight, and improve cognitive ability. . . who wouldn’t want those daily benefits?! 

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