Your body needs protein every day to repair muscles, regenerate skin and hair, and for essential hormones and performance.
Primary proteins come from animal sources, such as meat, eggs, and dairy products, and contain about 7g of protein per 30g of food. An athletic female eats about 1 pound of meat per day.
Secondary proteins are vegetarian sources, such as beans, nuts and seeds, rice, and other grains. Combine legumes and grains to maximize your secondary proteins.
How much protein you need depends on your size and goals, but an average of 1g per pound of lean mass is a good place to start. Don’t know your lean mass? Multiply your bodyweight by 0.7, or ask Rachael for a copy of The AutoFeeder – the 3 Square Meals Guide to build your perfect diet.