Finding the right foods to fuel your body when maintaining a rigorous yoga practice or fitness routine can be a challenge, especially if you are vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. Pea protein has emerged as one of the best sources to keep athletes and yogis energized and ready to go!
Here are the 4 reasons to consider adding pea protein to your diet:
1. It helps repair the body:
- Pea protein contains Lysine, which helps your body absorb calcium (strong bones!) and form collagen. Collagen builds collective tissue in bones, cartilage, skin and tendons.
- Pea protein also includes an excellent array of essential and non-essential amino acids, the building blocks for bodily tissue and muscles, making it great for those with active lifestyles.
- This little protein packs 30 percent of your recommended iron per day, which is necessary to repair the body after working out. Iron transports oxygen throughout the body and aids in cell growth and differentiation.
2. It helps regulate blood sugar:
- Eating a diet rich in protein helps regulate your blood sugar levels. Rather than causing spikes in energy like simple carbohydrates do, proteins help athletes stay energized, whether you’re training for a marathon or sweating it out in an hour-long hot yoga class.
3. It helps aid weight loss:
- Proteins cause a thermic effect in the body, creating heat and aiding the process of digestion. Proteins require a lot of energy to digest, which burns calories and in turn encourages weight loss.
4. It’s allergen-free:
- Pea protein is gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free, making it a great choice for people with food allergies. It is also an optimal source of protein for vegans and vegetarians!
Where can I find pea protein?
- Cascadian Farm offers a variety of delicious, on-the-go chewy protein bars, made with 9 grams of organic pea protein. We love the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Honey Roasted Nut flavors!
- Other sources of pea protein include pea protein powder and shake mixes.