Verified by Marianne Poulsen

Certified Nutrition Advisor

bags of colorful legumes
Nutritional Recipes

Great (... and alternative) sources of protein

Protein is the building block of your muscles, and therefore it should be an important part of your diet. We use protein to build and maintain our muscles, so it is important that you incorporate enough protein during your everyday. The need for protein is around 0.8 – 1.5 grams per kilogram of body weight for healthy, adult people.

For example, if you weigh 80 kilograms, your need for protein is around 64 – 120 grams per day. If you go to the gym and do for example strength training, your need for proteins might be higher. For the most part, people in the Western world cover theirs recommend protein intake with a regular, healthy diet.

When talking about protein, most people think about protein sources such as meat or chicken, but there are many great, plant-based alternatives such as dried lentils (26-gram protein per 100 gram), yellow peas (22-gram protein per 100 gram), and white beans (21,3-gram protein per 100 gram). This is the same amount (…and sometimes more) of protein that you will find in meat and chicken.

Therefore, you do not necessarily have to eat meat to get your protein, as aforementioned plenty of lentils, peas, and beans contain just as much protein as the meat alternatives. Therefore, there is no problem in having a “meat-free” day or two during the week, both sources of protein are great at building and maintaining muscles – the one is not necessarily better than the other is.

Nupo has protein bars in their assortment called Protein Bite, which is a small, handy protein bar that is easy to bring as a snack before and after your workout – the bar contains 12 grams of protein. Nupo’s protein bar has the advantage that is a smaller variant when compared to the others on the market, which means that it is a snack, and does not feel like an entire meal. Nupo’s Protein Bites come in two different flavor profiles; Chocolate and Caramel/Ginger.

Back to blog