Vitality Triangle Breakdown Part 1: High Protein
Making nutrition simple and approachable is a big part of our day-to-day here at Zing, in part why we’ve introduced The Vitality Triangle of nutrition—the perfect balance of high protein, good fats and good carbs. These three cornerstones of nutrition give us the vitality our bodies need and should be considered when eating snacks or meals. This week, we’re diving into “high protein”—how much, what kind, as well as protein sources to avoid so you can make smarter nutrition choices!
Protein is a key factor in a healthy diet and it’s no surprise that it is a main part of our Vitality Triangle. Protein boosts metabolism, builds muscle, and supplies the nutrients for cell repair and maintenance. 5 or 6 grams of protein—what you’ll find in most bars—isn’t enough to make a difference; 20 to 30 grams—like you find in muscle building “protein” bars—leaves behind a chalky, artificial taste. 10 to 15 grams is the sweet spot, which is why we use that amount in all varieties of Zing Bars.
Lean protein is the preferred kind of protein, which means it’s low in saturated fat. Examples of lean plant protein sources are easily found throughout your grocery store, and yes, also in your favorite Zing Bars! Our top favorite food sources of protein include:
- Nuts and nut butters, including peanuts, almonds, cashews and walnuts
- Beans and legumes
- Lean meats like chicken, turkey, pork loin and loin beef cuts like tenderloin, top loin and sirloin
- Cold water fish like salmon, tuna and sardines which are high in heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids
- Zing Bars with whey protein
- Vegan Zing Bars
There are a few types of protein that aren’t as healthy for us, such as animal proteins loaded with saturated fat (red meat, for example), and soy protein isolates. We suggest limiting intake of such animal proteins, which can raise LDL cholesterol, directly correlated to heart disease. Examples include:
- Hamburger with >20% fat
- Ribeye steaks
Consider limiting your intake of soy protein isolates, often found in shakes and bars. Our website goes into depth on why we don’t use soy protein, if you’re interested in further reading. But in a nutshell, we avoid it because it contains:
- Caustic solvent residues
- Anti-nutrients (which block protein digestion and mineral absorption)
- GMO by-products
- And only about 70% is actually usable, compared to 99% of whey protein
Zing Bars contain a combination of plant-based proteins from rice, peas and nuts, which combined form a “complete protein” by providing all the essential amino acids that your body needs to function at its best. Zing Bars were created by professional nutritionists who take the analysis paralysis out of your hunt for healthy, lean protein in the “protein bar” section of your grocery store. Experiment with lean protein sources in your diet – a cornerstone of getting the vitality boost you need to get through your busy day!
Do you have a go-to lean protein source? Let us know in the comments! And while you’re at it, enjoy 20% off your order at www.zingbars.com-- use code PROTEIN at checkout! Valid through 7/22.