Protein is an essential nutrient required by our body each day. High-quality, complete protein sources, such as lean meats, eggs and dairy foods can serve as the nutrient-rich cornerstones of a healthy eating plan, along with whole grains, fruits and vegetables as outlined in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines and shown with MyPlate.
That being said, I also believe there are times when we can benefit from having some other options at our disposal in order to add variety, convenience and versatility into our daily routines. Whey protein, often sold as powder, is a high-quality, complete protein naturally found in milk that can be one of these healthy options. Whether you add it to a breakfast smoothie or some of your favorite foods like oatmeal or casseroles, whey protein can help build a higher protein diet and support a number of health benefits.