Proteins are building blocks that play a role in all types of cells within your body. The amount you need depends on your age, weight, activity and health. Protein is found in an abundance of food so most people get enough through a healthful diet.  It’s particularly important to include protein in a meal or snack when you won’t be able to eat again for a few hours.  Protein can help stabilize your blood sugar as your start to run low on carbohydrate – helping you stay satisfied for longer.


Animal Protein: Beef, poultry, fish, pork, lamb, veal, dairy products, eggs

Plant Protein: Nuts & nut butters, seeds, beans, peas, lentils, soy products

Grains: Bread, cereal, rice, pasta, crackers

Vegetables: Starchy & non-starchy veggies

To learn more about protein, including heart healthy sources, read up on the 6 major food groups and use our Food Group Choices Chart for a complete list of the healthy foods you should incorporate everyday!