Eating a high-protein diet has been shown to boost metabolism and increase the number of calories burned by about 80–100 per day on average.
The sun rose above Sedona, filling the sky with a beautiful contrast of azure blue and fiery red. Its rays illuminated the deep crimson rocks of the surrounding mountains, creating a breathtaking display of color that stretched as far as the eye could see. The sun’s light warmed the sky above and the Honanki cave walls, which featured thousand-year-old wall art.
“This is absolutely breathtaking,” said Annie as she gazed at the ancient figures and symbols.
“Definitely. Getting up early to hike in was worthwhile. We timed it just right. The air is cool and refreshing. Who knew hiking could feel so invigorating this early in the morning.”
“Staying physically active has its benefits, and this morning hike is one of them. Look at the figure of a woman holding a baby. The clarity is remarkable.”
LJ nodded. “Let’s keep going. There’s lots more to see.”
“Are you getting hungry? We can stop for a picnic breakfast. I made a Strawberry Bean Smoothie. The berries and bananas mask the white beans, which provide the protein to help us stay full while we hike. I also have whole wheat toast and almond butter. Did you remember our drinks?
“Yeah, I’m carrying coconut water in one thermos and coffee in another, so let’s find a level spot and breakfast. I want to talk about protein more. Do you have some ideas about incorporating more protein into our diets? Especially if we are going to continue these go-do-it active vacations?”
Annie passed him a smoothie. “First, let’s make sure we’re talking about what protein is and its effect on our bodies.
Protein, along with carbohydrates and fat, is one of the three major types of nutrients your body needs. It has several uses in the body that are essential for health, such as building up and repairing damage to muscles, bones, skin, and hair. Protein sends signals through hormones to tell cells and organs what to do. It also acts as a catalyst to speed up chemical reactions in your body. Additionally, protein carries molecules like hemoglobin, which…