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As I age I find I am just not interested in eating a lot of meat. I know protein is important.
Any suggestions of other proteins I could eat?

Suzi Bratz, Registered Dietitian, Felician Village

Getting enough protein in the diet is a common concern of aging adults.The current RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for protein is 0.8g/kg/ day for all healthy adults.

Foods high in protein that can be incorporated into your diet besides meat include eggs, nuts, seeds, cottage cheese, peanut butter, yogurt, milk, dry beans/peas, and fish.

Many of these can be used in several different ways:
- Try putting peanut butter on toast for breakfast or adding to fresh fruit such 
  as bananas or apple slices
- Experiment with smoothies adding yogurt/milk and your favorite fruit and
  vegetable combinations
- Enjoy cottage cheese with fresh or canned fruit topped with nuts or seeds

For more protein recipe ideas, click here.


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