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Are You Varying Your Protein Sources?
Protein foods include both animal protein and plant protein sources. Most Americans eat enough protein, and some eat more than we need. Varying your protein sources is important in following a balanced nutrition plan and staying healthy.
Try these tips to switch things up:
- Chose seafood twice a week in place of meat or poultry.
- Choose lean or low-fat cuts of meat like round or sirloin and ground beef that is at least 90-percent lean.
- Have an egg as your protein source, or as many egg whites as you want.
- Eat plant protein more often: beans or peas, soy products, or nuts and seeds.
- Grill, broil, roast or bake lean meats and avoid breaded poultry.
- Make a healthy sandwich with turkey, roast beef or canned tuna and salmon. Avoid deli meats like bologna and salami.
- Keep meat portions small and lean.
- Check the sodium content of canned foods and processed meats.
For other healthy protein options, consult a registered dietitian in your area and check out our Food Sources of Important Nutrients page.
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