Foods are made up of macronutrients or ‘macros’. They are protein, carbohydrates and fats. Fibre is indigestible carbohydrate that also counts as a macro. Alcohol too is technically a macronutrient but isn’t as applicable here!! The main macronutrients then are ones we need in large amounts each day (tens and hundreds of grams) versus micronutrients like vitamins and minerals that we only need in tiny amounts (milligrams and micrograms). It’s best to consume the majority of your macronutrients from nutritious, unprocessed whole-food sources. Which is exactly what you’ll find in Bodyfirst Prepp’d meals!
Proteins are probably the most important of the three main macronutrients. The amino acids that protein-rich foods provide are crucial for maintaining good health as they’re literally the building blocks of almost everything in the body. Beyond that protein is also the most filling macronutrient making it indispensable when it comes to fat-loss and you certainly won’t build much muscle or recover very well from exercise without enough protein! The best sources are animal products like meats, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy. Plant protein sources like beans, lentils, chickpeas, nuts & soy are also decent options. Protein helps keep blood sugar and therefore energy levels stable throughout the day so should be consumed with every meal. Bodyfirst Prepp’d meals are designed to provide a great serving of high-quality protein with every single meal.
Next up are fats. These are crucial to have in the diet to have healthy hormonal function, provide energy, satiety at meals and ability to absorb certain vitamins like vitamin A, D, E and K. Fats also play an important role of making up our cell membranes and our brains are mostly made up of fat. Dietary fat is essential! There are three main types: saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated and they should be consumed in fairly even amounts. Great fat sources are oily fish like salmon, egg yolks, avocados, olives and olive products like extra virgin olive oil, nuts and nut butters, meats, butter, dark chocolate and dairy. Fats are the most calorie dense of all the macronutrients so this should be taken into account when considering the diet as a whole. Bodyfirst Prepp’d meals provide a mix of both animal and plant fat sources.
Finally, carbohydrates provide the preferred energy source for the brain and body and generally make up a large proportion of daily food intake. They’re also very important for active people who want to maximise training and sports performance. Carbohydrates also include crucially nutritious foods like vegetables and fruits which provide a steady source of energy and a huge array of micronutrients. Carbohydrate foods also contribute most of our dietary fibre intake. Thus the best sources of carbohydrates are vegetables, fruits, legumes, potatoes, rice and other grains. Bodyfirst Prepp’d meals provide only nutritious whole-food carbohydrate sources to keep you healthy and feeling great.