The food we eat affects the way we feel, think and act.
A healthy diet consisting of the right balance of proteins will provide you with the building blocks for a fit and strong body. Protein is vital for strong immunity as it is required to manufacture all cells and organs. The body uses protein to repair, build and maintain muscle mass.
The amount of protein varies from person to person, you have to observe your body’s signs and signals around protein needs. It is helpful to keep a journal and experiment with different forms of protein at different times and in different amounts to see how you feel in terms of energy, mood, hunger and mental focus. Personalization is the most important.
A good general rule is to have a portion no larger than the palm of your hand. Some people require a bit of protein with almost every meal. Others do well with vegetarian protein sources, but once or twice a week would be enough to consume a high – quality animal protein. Organic meat is preferable.
Eggs are a great breakfast option for those who do well with protein in the morning, and can be a fast and easy lunch or dinner option. Hard -boiled eggs make a great whole food snack.
Many people like to eat meat, fish, poultry, seafood and dairy products which contain protein. You can satisfy your protein cravings with canned fish and bone broth. There are many types of canned fish: tuna, salmon, wild pink shrimp, sardines, mackerel fillets, and white anchovies. Just simply open the can and combine it with salads, green vegetable wraps, pita wraps etc. Experiment with nutritious canned foods, and find what agrees with you.
If you want to cleanse or clean your body, animal protein should be reduced or removed from the diet. Find your perfect protein balance. Choose the best and live well.
Lemon Pepper Chicken
4 organic boneless chicken breasts
2 lemons, juiced and tested
4 tablespoons extra- virgin olive oil
coarse black pepper and coarse sea salt
- Coat chicken in coarse black pepper and season lightly with salt.
- Combine lemon zest and juice with extra-virgin olive oil.
- Place sauce pan over medium-high heat, fill the pan until 1/4 inch deep with marinade.
- Cook chicken breasts 6-7 minutes on each side, adding marinade as needed to keep the chicken lightly covered while cooking. Make sure the chicken is cooked all the way through.
- Transfer to a serving platter and brush with the reserved marinade.