5 Foods that are high in protein
Protein is one of our greatest resources to keep our muscles strong and to stave off hunger. Luckily, some of the best sources of protein have plenty of additional health benefits, are tasty and easy to prepare. Try adding a few of these sources of protein to your diet to stay full while staying healthy.
Nuts are the perfect snack. They come in bite-sized containers, they fit perfectly in your pocket, they’re easy to grab and they are packed with tons of nutrients and vitamins. Plus, they are full of protein so you stay full longer and they are pretty darn delicious too.
When choosing which nuts to eat, always snag the ones with plenty of healthy unsaturated fats. You’ll get a healthy boost of Omega-3 fats, which will help keep you feeling slim and trim. Since studies also show that Omegas can help boost your mood, you might feel a little happier after eating a handful of nuts for a few weeks. Sure beats a Xanax.
Unfortunately, over the years eggs have gotten stuck with a pretty bad rep. Since the health food crazes of the 1980s and 1990s, we have been terrified of fat. Turns out, fat isn’t so bad for us. All those years we were throwing out our yolks and choking down egg whites mixed with broccoli were all for naught.
Those yolks are actually packed with protein and nutrients like vitamin D, Omega-3s and B-12 complex vitamins. What’s even more shocking is the fact that were aren’t confined to eating eggs only three times a week anymore. We can now eat them every day. All hail the yolk!
In addition to being one of the most protein-packed veggies, kale has plenty of other health benefits. This iron-rich green has plenty of cancer-fight vitamin K and tons of antioxidants to keep your lymphatic system happy and healthy. Since kale became popular a few years ago, many people have developed an aversion to this tough, leafy green. Make a kale smoothie out of a few leaves of kale, one-half a banana and a cup of berries.
The berries will mask the bitter taste of the kale, but you’ll still get all the antioxidant benefits of both. The banana will add potassium and make the drink smooth and creamy. Or, throw a handful of kale leaves on a sheet pan and throw it in the oven to make kale chips—a healthy alternative to potato chips.
The health benefits of yogurt have been breaking out over the past five years. Since Greek yogurt went big in the past decade, every small dairy farmer has been trying to make it big in the yogurt industry.
Yogurt is a great snack and fantastic breakfast because it is packed with protein and has plenty of healthy cultures and bacteria that help keep your tummy running smoothly. You’ll not only eat less but you’ll feel slimmer and less hungry. Frozen Greek yogurt is also a great alternative to fat-laden ice creams, so you can freeze a few cups and watch the pounds fly off.
Fish is the friend of all; the meat eater, the pseudo-vegetarian, the pescatarian. The Paleo dieter, the Weight Watcher and the South Beach dieter. Fish is not only packed with tons of protein to keep you feeling full all day long, it is easier to digest than red or white meat and is full of Omega-3s that can keep your skin looking youthful and moisturized.
Fish is easy to prepare and comes in many sizes, shapes and packages. Make an easy broiled salmon by placing a salmon filet, skin-side down on a broiler pan lined with foil. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper before popping underneath a broiler. After a few minutes, you salmon will flake right off the skin. Serve with steamed or broiled veggies and a baked potato.
Just beware of the types of fish you eat; some fish should not be consumed more than once or twice a week due to a high iodine content.
Luckily, you might already find yourself familiar with many of these types of foods. Add a few extra to your diet to keep your muscles strong and your heart healthy.