What’s the big deal about protein? We hear about it all the time, but did you know that meat, poultry, fish, beans, peas, eggs, nuts and seeds are all a part of the Protein Food Group? Protein is a nutrient itself; it is the body’s building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood, and can be a good fuel source. Most Americans get enough protein in their diet but can benefit from making leaner and more varied selections. Eat a variety of protein foods to be sure you and your family are getting plenty of B vitamins and vitamin E and minerals like iron, zinc and magnesium. Protein also helps kids feel fuller longer so it can be a great way to start the day! Here are a few protein-rich recipe ideas for home or school! Visit www.foodhero.org for more recipes that are fun, fast, tasty and fit your budget!