When you think of protein, what comes to mind? Is it a juicy bacon cheeseburger or a 12-ounce steak? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us still equate protein with meat (and other animal products). But with reports of meat shortages and fewer trips to the grocery store due to the coronavirus, now’s a good time to consider other protein sources — many of which are likely in your pantry right now.
Protein is a macronutrient that comes in many shapes and sizes, and has a lot of responsibilities other than conquering a burger craving. Proteins are the building blocks of hormones and enzymes, we need it to build muscles (and skin and hair), to build antibodies for our immune system and to keep us feeling satisfied long after we eat.