Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a happy and healthy holiday season! It's that time of year for New Year's Resolutions, and I have a lot of important ones this year. I made some very important Resolutions last year and (especially the 2nd half of the year) achieved many of them to make some major changes for the better. This year, I am looking to take even larger (but still realistic) steps towards improving my health and quality of life, and making sure to start from Day 1! I hope you are all doing the same!
One of the many New Year's Resolutions I have made is to get in enough Soy Protein daily. It's recommended that you should get in at least 25 grams of soy protein daily to get significant benefits from the soy such as reducing the risk of heart disease! Now I may only be 26 years old, but I know that you need to start taking advantages of those benefits NOW so that decades from now my heart is strong and healthy. Heart disease can strike anyone at any time, and a heart (the motor of your body) that isn't functioning at 100% will obviously limit your mental and physical capacity. Soy protein can also help reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol while improving good (HDL) cholesterol! I have always eaten pretty healthy and exercised, but due to genetics I have always higher than average levels of cholesterol. Because of that, I need to make sure to improve my levels with the health benefits of soy protein and other sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Soy protein is also very low in saturated fat which leads to worse levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, and heart health. Definitely a better choice than a fatty burger, hot dog, or other traditional choices!
Soy protein is a complete protein source so it can help to support your body's demands as well as animal-derived protein. Because of its many uses in the body (which are too numerous to name in this post), protein could be considered the most important of the macronutrients. I know I maximize my soy protein and overall protein intake to build lean muscle mass and improve muscle recovery from intense workouts. I've been making sure I get enough protein in my diet for a decade and it has served me very well in both health and physique. Now I'm making sure at least 25 of those grams of protein are from soy sources so I can make even greater improvements!
How do I get in all of my daily soy protein? 25 Grams is easy! You can get in 25 grams of very high quality soy protein just from about 1.5 scoops of soy protein powder! You could also get it in with several glasses of soy milk and a scoop of soy butter! Often times, I get my soy protein through my Kashi Go Lean cereal (9 grams of protein per serving or more!) and soy milk added to the cereal. If I'm on the go, sometimes I'll grab a Sambazon soy protein smoothie and/or a PowerBar Protein Plus bar. There are also dozens of frugal and delicious healthy ways of getting in your 25 or more grams of soy protein per day such as edamame, soy crisps, regular soy beans, tofu, imitation meats, and health bars. With the growing number of healthy and great tasting options, getting all the health benefits of soy protein has never been easier!
I've been succeeding big time on my New Year's Resolutions, I feel great, and I hope you are too! Good luck everyone and Happy New Year!
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