Team PowerBar Alex Borsuk MS RD LD, is an incredibly accomplished athlete across multiple sport disciplines as well as a successful Sports Dietitian. A self-proclaimed “Weekend Warrior”, when Alex isn’t working, she can be found embracing all the outdoors have to offer. She is a skier, ultrarunner, climber and general outdoor enthusiast; making any season a great time to get out and get moving.
With the launch of our New Plant Protein Snack Bar, Alex has written an article on the nutritional benefits available with plant-protein. This article was sponsored by PowerBar but all thoughts are her own.
It doesn’t matter what type of diet you follow, plant-based protein can offer you many nutritional benefits. Whether your goal is to lean out, build strength or just improve your health, plant-based protein sources like nuts, seeds and legumes can play an important role for your body. So why is plant-based protein so beneficial for us? Here are three good reasons to include more nuts, seeds and legumes in your diet.
Boost Your Nutrition
Plant-based protein sources are so nutritionally dense that one might consider them a “superfood.” Legumes not only contain protein, but other beneficial nutrients such as fiber, calcium and potassium. Fiber can help improve digestion and may reduce your risk for certain diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Most Americans get about half of the recommended intake of fiber per day, so adding more sources of nuts and legumes can help get you to the daily recommended intake of 25-38 grams per day. And let’s not forget about the benefits of calcium and potassium, two micronutrients that help reduce blood pressure, improve muscle contraction and manage energy production. Adding more plant-based protein to your diet is an easy way to ensure that you are getting enough of these important nutrients.
Legumes are especially effective for weight loss as they contain water, fiber and protein. These three things work together to make you feel fuller longer and may ultimately decrease energy intake. Additionally, when you replace high fat meat with plant-based protein, you may find yourself consuming less saturated fat, less calories, and more vitamins, minerals and fiber. In turn, this may help improve the nutritional composition of your diet.
Nuts and seeds contain healthy fats that are beneficial for your body, and especially the bodies of those who are active. These healthy fats are known as omega-3 fatty acids, which act as lubrication to your joints, arteries and cells. They lower inflammation in the arteries, brain, muscle cells and heart, and even lower stress in your body, which is crucial for both performance and recovery. Healthy fats also keep you fuller longer and help sustain your energy throughout the day.
PowerBar’s new Plant Protein Bar is a great way to increase your intake of plant-based protein. Not only do they contain 10-11 grams of protein per bar, but they taste great. Made with a few simple ingredients: nuts, nut butters, pumpkin seeds, crisped peas and rice, these bars do not contain any artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners.