Protein is an extremely important part of our diets because it provides us with energy to keep full and focused all day, and it's responsible for the upkeep (growth, maintenance, repair) of our bodies' cells. One of the most widely known and easily accepted sources of protein is meat. Unfortunately, meat also contains a high amount of saturated fat, especially in fatty beef, lamb, pork, and poultry eaten with the skin. Saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in your blood, possibly leading to heart disease, weight gain, and leaving you at high risk for a stroke. Simply selecting lean cuts of meat and peeling the skin off of your meats are easy ways to consume healthy protein. Swap a meal or two a week for a seafood dish, and make red meat dishes a treat rather than a weekly occurrence.