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power up with protein

Beef, dairy and other animal proteins deliver essential nutrients like iron and vitamin B12 that are difficult to get from other food sources, say nutrition experts.
Beef, dairy and other animal proteins deliver essential nutrients like iron and vitamin B12 that are difficult to get from other food sources, say nutrition experts. Photo: Gary Fandel

At the start of the new year, I signed up for an eight-week group fitness challenge to stay motivated and active during the winter.

My first week of fitness classes was tough. Really tough. After a particularly intense set of tricep dips, I visited a new restaurant a few days later, and it hurt to pick up a cheeseburger. Talk about calorie control!

Our group fitness instructor reminds us to eat protein after class for muscle recovery. And while you can get protein from peanut butter or energy bars, I recently saw a news story about how animal-based proteins, such as meat, dairy and poultry, are especially beneficial for our health. (You can read more about the study at https://goo.gl/zYalyu.)

So I asked Nicole ...




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