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This Is How Much Protein You Need to Eat Every Day

Protein is the stuff of life. From your hair to your fingernails to your muscles, protein is the glue that holds each cell in your body together, and what makes up many major hormones and antibodies. That's why getting enough protein in your daily diet is important. New evidence suggests exactly how much you need depends on a host of factors: your diet, age, health, activity level and—for women—whether you're eating for two. Here's everything you need to know to make sure you're eating the right amount of protein.

1-Day Vegetarian Healthy Aging Meal Plan: 2,000

Incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet is a great way to boost your health at all stages of life. A vegetarian diet has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer, thanks to more fiber and less saturated fat. In this 1-day vegetarian plan for healthy aging, we left out the meat but included lean sources of plant-based protein (like chickpeas and tofu) and added other healthy foods for aging like calcium-rich milk and yogurt, and fiber-filled berries, popcorn and flaxseed.

1-Day Gluten-Free Healthy Aging Meal Plan: 1,500 Calories

Some of the most delicious and nutritious foods just happen to be gluten-free, which is great news if you have an intolerance or allergy to gluten (or are just eating gluten-free for whatever reason). In this meal plan, we feature tasty gluten-free meals and snacks that are packed with the good-for-you nutrients you need more of as you age—protein, fiber and calcium. You'll find healthy gluten-free foods like lean chicken, fiber-filled beans and calcium-rich cheese, which combine to create a tasty day of eating.

1-Day Gluten-Free Healthy Aging Meal Plan: 2,000

Some of the most delicious and nutritious foods just happen to be gluten-free, which is great news if you have an intolerance or allergy to gluten (or are just eating gluten-free for whatever reason). In this meal plan, we feature tasty gluten-free meals and snacks that are packed with the good-for-you nutrients you need more of as you age—protein, fiber and calcium. You'll find healthy gluten-free foods like lean chicken, fiber-filled beans and calcium-rich cheese, which combine to create a tasty day of eating.

1-Day Vegetarian Healthy Aging Meal Plan: 1,500 Calories

Incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet is a great way to boost your health at all stages of life. A vegetarian diet has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even certain types of cancer, thanks to more fiber and less saturated fat. In this 1-day vegetarian plan for healthy aging, we left out the meat but included lean sources of plant-based protein (like chickpeas and tofu) and added other healthy foods for aging like calcium-rich milk and yogurt, and fiber-filled berries, popcorn and flaxseed.

5 Solutions to Eating More Vegetables As You Age

Getting in your 2 1/2 to 3 cup servings of vegetables a day is sometimes easier said than done, but there are plenty of health reasons to try, including reducing your risk for a number of chronic diseases, like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and cancer. Here are five common challenges when it comes to eating more fruits and veggies—and their solutions. Whether you're a caregiver for an older loved one or simply looking to eat smarter yourself, these tips can help.

1-Day Healthy-Aging Low-Sodium Meal Plan: 1,200 calories

As we get older, our nutrition needs change, as they do at the various stages throughout life. For healthy aging, our bodies need more fiber, protein and calcium to support regular digestion, muscle maintenance, and bone health. On the other hand, our daily limit for salt decreases to help combat things like high-blood pressure, and heart disease. In this 1-day low-sodium meal plan for aging, we made sure to include foods like yogurt, cheese, eggs, and berries, and herbs and spices, to give your body what it needs to stay healthy while limiting excess salt.

1-Day Gluten-Free Healthy-Aging Meal Plan: 1,200 Calories

Some of the most delicious and nutritious foods just happen to be naturally gluten free, which is great news if you have an intolerance or allergy to gluten (or are just eating gluten-free for whatever reason). In this meal plan, we feature tasty gluten-free meals and snacks that are also packed with the good-for-you nutrients you need more of as you age—protein, fiber, and calcium. You'll find healthy foods such as lean chicken, fiber-filled beans, calcium-rich cheese and gluten-free whole grains, like brown rice, which combine to create a tasty day of eating.

1-Day High-Fiber Healthy-Aging Meal Plan: 1,200 Calories

Getting enough fiber is super important to keep digestion regular (if you know what we mean). And beyond helping you to feel regular, research credits eating more fiber with weight loss, a healthy heart and a decreased risk of diabetes. But even with all the known benefits of fiber, 95% of Americans are still not getting enough. On average, Americans only eat 16 grams of fiber a day—far from the 28 grams recommended in the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In this 1-day high-fiber meal plan, we make it easy to get your daily fiber fill.