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April 8, 2013 / mybodynbalance

Complete vs. Incomplete PROTEIN

Proteins made up of 20 different amino acids, compounds that help control hunger and build muscle, skin and more. Eleven of the acids are nonessential (our body produces them) so we don’t need to get them from food. The other nine are essential (we can’t make them and must replenish our supply)


Complete proteins: these contain all nine of the essential amino acids and include animal products (meat, fish, dairy, eggs) as well as soybeans and quinoa.

Incomplete proteins: just as the name suggests are incomplete. If you could have a “perfect day of eating” you’d have complete protein at every meal to ensure all nine essential amino acids got consumed. But that’s not always possible. Something I personally like to do is… if I have only incomplete proteins at one meal, then I have complete ones at the next meal!


You can also make an INCOMPLETE protein a COMPLETE protein by eating it with other foods… 2 examples:

2 TBS. Peanut butter…. spread on a 100% whole wheat english muffin.

1 cup of black beans… stuff into a 100% whole wheat tortilla.

I think this will help you get the idea.

So with this being said….

may all of your days be sunny and your proteins be COMPLETE 😉



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  1. Marpay Fitness / Apr 9 2013 1:02 am

    “The other nine are essential (we can’t make them and must replenish our supply)”

    PVT MT HILL – A great soldier!

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