Proteins are the building blocks of any living organism. They are composed of chains of 20 different kinds of amino acids. Proteins constitute life in the form of enzymes, antibodies, hormones, hair, nail, bone, teeth, hemoglobin (blood protein), neurotransmitters, skin or as the basic components of any cell in our body.
Protein is one of the most important nutrients to jumpstart your day. But skip the greasy, fatty eggs and bacon, and go for a protein-packed smoothie instead. Here’s one of my favorites.
- 1 Cup spinach, kale, or a combination of the two
- 1 Ripe banana
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter
- 1 Cup almond milk
- 1/2 Cup frozen berries (or ice, if you prefer)
Blend spinach, banana, peanut butter, and milk in a smoothie. Add frozen berries/ice, and blend until smooth.
Proteins are indispensable for growth and maintenance of every kind of cell in our body. Body development, replenishment of lost blood, healing of wounds and scars, replacement of dead cells, and hair and nail growth need proteins. Proteins in the form of enzymes, hormones and antibodies promote healthy metabolic and physiological processes, and boost our nervous and immunity systems. In situations when fat and carbohydrate food sources are not providing adequate calories, proteins are degraded to generate the calories our body needs.