As our name suggests, we like to think of ourselves as experts when it comes to protein. We know there are so many benefits of consuming protein in your diet, so we thought we would let you in on our little protein secrets! Find everything you need to know about protein below!
Every cell in the human body contains protein. It is a major part of the skin, muscles, organs, and glands. Protein is the major component of most cells, making up more than 50% of our bodies. Protein defines what an organism is, what it looks like, and how it behaves, because the body is made of thousands of proteins. Clever little things!
Protein comes from the Greek word proteios, meaning "primary". This alone indicates the importance of protein in a healthy diet. Proteins are used to produce new tissues for growth, tissue repair and to regulate + maintain body functions. Protein is essential for digestion, protection, immunity. Sounds good to us!
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for the average person is to consume around 0.8 grams of protein per kilo of bodyweight per day, or 0.36 grams per pound of bodyweight. To calculate your recommended daily protein intake, multiply your weight in pounds by 0.36. For example, a 160-pound person would need 160 x 0.36 = 58 grams of protein a day. Easy enough! Read our blog post with more information here.
Your body needs to consume protein regularly throughout the day to help optimize tissue repair + growth, meaning your breakfast, lunch, dinner + snacks all need to contain a source of protein. It is also important to consume protein within one hour before or after exercise, so your muscles can replenish properly + become stronger. Your muscle needs amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and energy (carbohydrates) to do the job. That’s where we come in. We are perfect as an on-the-go snack before or after the gym when you need an extra protein boost.
Protein is an important nutrient needed by everyone, of every age on a daily basis. However protein is even more important for growth and development during childhood, adolescence, and pregnancy. The elderly also need to consume high amounts of protein to prevent muscle loss + retain strength. If you exercise regularly you will need a higher protein diet as well. Read our blog post with more information here.
Whey protein is absorbed by the body + contains all the essential amino acids. It is also high in branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), which promote muscle growth and immune system-boosting glutamine. This form of protein is best to consume post-workout. Three of our flavours contain whey protein - Peanut Butter, Cacao + Orange and Coconut + Macadamia. Shop our whey protein balls here.
Plant Based proteins such as pea + rice are high in fibre, disease fighting phytonutrients, and are naturally low in cholesterol + sodium. Plants are not complete proteins because they tend to miss some of the essential amino acids. So we use a combination of brown rice + pea protein to get all the amino acids found in whey protein. Plant based protein is a sustainable protein source + is vegan friendly. Four of our flavours contain plant based protein - Peanut Butter + Jam, Raspberry Brownie, Lemon + Pistachio and Goji + Coconut. Shop our vegan protein balls here.
Egg White protein is easily absorbed by the body and is cholesterol free. Eggs are a high-quality protein source full of vitamins + minerals. This form of protein can also be suitable to for those who follow a paleo diet, depending on how strict they are. One of our flavours contains egg white protein - Cherry + Almond. Shop our egg white protein balls here.