Dr. Ian Smith shares his top tips for packing in protein during the pandemic

The new solo host of "The Doctors" also shares his four go-to meals to meet his daily protein intake.
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Back now with one of TV's top docs, author of over a dozen books and solo host of "The doctors." Dr. Ian Smith joins us now. Good morning to you, doc. We'll get right into it. Before we get to your tips you're the new solo host of "The doctors." Congratulations to that. What are you looking forward to this season? Well, thanks a lot. Stra. This is all about taking your power back. Our theme, we'll help America understand what covid is. Vaccine, treatments. All about nourishing people, inspiring her fellow Americans and giving scientifically based information missing so badly in the country so excited and will have musicians and a book club and we'll have comedians and expand the show, new format, new set. We're season itted. You're focused on the power of protein. Why is that important and what are your tips for reaching our protein goals right now? Protein is so important, by the way, it prevents muscle atrophy. It also keeps your blood sugar levels nice and stable. And also takes longer to digest. I have samples of animal-based protein but going to plant-based because that's become the thing. So for 28 calories you could have two drumsticks or you could have a nice Moroccan lentil chickpea soup with diced tomatoes. You can have five ounces of salmon or the nonanimal source a nice bed of leaf if I green, artichoke hearts and put cranberries in there because I have a sweet tooth and have steak. I love steak. We both like to eat steak. Let's say you don't, my wife is a vegan and here's brown rice, black beans and some cheese, melted cheese and this is 35 grams and lastly is 40 grams. You may like, for example, a good barbecue porkchock with chickpeas and beans and still have 40 grams of protein. If I eat all those together it's more like what I would eat as protein. It's important. You are so busy, congratulations on being host of the show. On top of that you've written over a dozen books. The new one is "The unspoken." Yeah, it's called "The unspoken." Ash cane is a brand-new character, smart, tough, handsome. Takes place in the streets of Chicago, a mystery. Different from my diet books but a lot of fun and people are loving it on Amazon so excited for the country to read "The unspoken." A lot of twists and turns. Doc, we're excited to watch you on "The doctors." Congratulations on the new gig and that airs weekdays. Check your local listings and "The unspoken" is out on atnewyork-presbyterian Hospital,

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