Let’s get down to the basics. What are macronutrients?
- Carbs – The body’s primary source of energy
- Protein – The building block of tissue
- Fats – The body’s insulator and energy source
CARBS – Every cell and tissue in the body can use glucose (simple form carbohydrate) for energy. Carbs also help prevent the body from using protein as an energy source. Good sources of carbs: beans, quinoa, oats, lentils, whole grain breads & pastas, sweet potatoes, fruits. * Tip* Keep it high fiber!
PROTEIN – Protein is essential for the growth and repair of tissue and is also important for making hormones and enzymes. Good sources of protein: almonds, beans, peanuts, fish, eggs, chicken, seeds, turkey, nuts, tofu. * Tip * Keep it lean!
FATS – Essential fats plan an important role in basic metabolism and may prevent heart disease. Fats help the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Good sources of fats: walnuts, avocado, tuna, flax seed, almonds, fish, canola oil, olive oil, cashews, sesame seeds, salmon. * Tip * Limit animal sources!