Healthy Living

Protein 101: What Is Protein and What Does It Do for Our Bodies? — Protein 101

Protein is a word that carries a lot of weight. Packaged foods brag of their high-protein content; a whole aisle of the grocery store is filled with bars and powders that claim to be pumped full of it. We're told that we need to eat it — that protein is good for us and we need a lot of it — but what exactly is it? Why do we need it? Do we need as much as everyone is telling us we do?

Welcome to Nutrition 101, a new series where we step away from the health fads cluttering our news feeds, and get back to nutritional basics — starting with that most glamorous and high-profile of nutrients: protein.

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The 5 Most Common Protein Myths — Protein 101

Just five protein myths? We could call this "500 Protein Myths," as there are countless myths about protein. But we don't have all day, so let's focus on the five most common in American culture.

Protein is a complicated topic but the basics are quite simple. Understanding the true answers to five of the most common myths out there will not only set you up for success when it comes to consuming a wholesome diet, but it will also impress your friends — and teach them something too.

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My Zero-Waste Week: What I Learned from Cutting Down on Food Packaging — Zero-Waste Living

After a week of making a concerted effort to reduce the food packaging that came into — and went out of — my home, I realized there was plenty of low-hanging fruit to pluck: having my groceries double-bagged when I was too distracted (or just plain slow) to fish my nylon market bag out of my purse; the extra utensils, napkins, and condiments that came along with my takeout; the countless small plastic bags I used to transport items from the bulk bins to my canisters at home. All of these were items I could do without easily and with minimal inconvenience.

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20 Ways to Eat More Protein for Breakfast — Recipes from The Kitchn

If you've ever left home in the morning with nothing but a piece of buttered toast in your stomach, you know just how important eating protein at breakfast is. If the first meal of the day isn't rich in the nutrient, you're sure to feel ravenous before you even get to the office. Not only does protein keep you feeling good and full until lunch because it takes longer to digest than carbs (looking at you, buttered toast), but it also helps kickstart your body, contributing some of the energy it needs after a night of rest.

There are plenty of ways to easily get your dose of protein in the morning without having to try too hard — and while eggs are always a good idea, they aren't your only option. Here are 20 recipes to get you going.

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The One Exercise to Do While You Wait for Water to Boil — Fit Kitchen

What takes longer than waiting for water to boil while you watch it? Nothing, that's what. Instead of mentally trying to will those little bubbles to rise, consider taking those five or 10 minutes to do something good for yourself. Use that time to do some kitchen sink squats.

Related: The One Exercise to Do While Your Coffee Brews

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We Tried Every Halo Top Ice Cream Flavor and Here’s Our Favorite — On Trend

By now there's a good chance that you've already heard about Halo Top ice cream. The protein-rich, low-calorie pints that you can find in the freezer aisle have basically taken over the wellness community on Instagram and Reddit. Interested in trying one of the colorful pints? How should you decide which flavor to try first? We're here to help. Here's Kitchn's very un-scientific and totally subjective ranking of Halo Top ice cream flavors.

Can you guess which flavor got the number-one spot?

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