7 Healthy Foods Rich in Protein

Nov 12, 2020 04:18 PM EST | By Staff Reporter

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7 Healthy Foods Rich in Protein

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Protein makes up the most important building blocks of our bodies. From our muscles to our organs and even our hormones, protein is essential in keeping our bodies running. Eating protein can also help you lose weight, by requiring more energy from your body in order to digest it. The recommended daily amount for men and women is around 45 to 55 grams, but most gym guys named Chad will probably tell you otherwise. Many health and fitness experts believe we need more protein every day, if you believe this too then here is how you can increase that amount through your diet with these 7 protein-rich healthy foods.

1. Nuts

Pistachios, cashews and almonds are all very high in protein for nuts. They are also filled with a lot of other essential nutrients, like fibre, magnesium and vitamin E. If you are allergic to nuts then perhaps don't follow this particular tip, but if you need me to tell you that then I can't help you - enjoy your trip to the E.R, it is probably not your first one...

2. Eggs

The war against eggs is one for the ages, one day they are terrible for you and the next they are amazingly nutritious and healthy. Luckily, we're in the latter part of those times so feel free to eat up all the hen fruit you like (within reason that is). Eggs are an excellent source of protein, healthy fats as well as vitamins and minerals. Don't feel bad about your egg brekkie, you're helping your body.

3. Chicken

A more versatile meat probably doesn't exist, and even if it did it wouldn't taste as good as chicken. You can get diet-friendly take-away versions of chicken like the grilled kind that doesn't ask much from you and tastes delicious. Packed with protein, as well as flavour, chicken is a strong contender for meats that I cannot live without. Sorry, PETA.

4. Oats

Oats are your best friend, if you would eat your best friend, that is. Oats are loaded with protein, vitamins and minerals. Oats are filled with cancer-fighting antioxidants and can improve your blood sugar control. They are one of the healthiest grains around and are excellent to eat post workout while you drink Trimino water, for that added protein punch. 

5. Cottage Cheese

An absolute must-have for the weight-conscious folks amongst us, cottage cheese is loaded with protein, is low in fat and is rich in calcium. This is a winning combination of factors for losing some of those extra "lockdown pounds". Some other cheeses rich in protein are parmesan, mozzarella and good old-fashioned cheddar - our trusty yellow buddy. 

6. Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is a magical thing - it's kind of like the best part of cow juice, mixed with creamy goodness and made into a delicious thing you can eat in savoury or sweet dishes. I don't know about you but I love combining food tastes in different ways, like cheese and jam with bacon served on a flapjack. Sounds weird, sure...but if you've had a little too much wine the night before, it makes for an awesome breakfast! Loaded with protein, Greek yogurt should always be in everyone's fridges.

7. Milk

The magical cow juice from my previous point... Milk is not only packed with protein, it also contains almost every nutrient your body needs. Filled with high quality protein, calcium and vitamins, milk is an essential part of almost everyone's diet - everyone except for those suckers who are allergic to it. In all seriousness, lactose intolerance is not a funny thing for those who have to live with it, you're still suckers but it's just not your fault though, so you have my sympathy. There are alternatives including soy milk which contains around 6.3 grams of protein per cup, compared to cow milk's 10grams per cup. Not too shabby for bean juice, right?

The whole point of this article, and hopefully you got to this part and didn't leave because of my sense of humour, is that there are many ways to skin a protein cat. You don't have to only eat meat, especially not just read meat - that shit will kill you. There are loads of healthier ways to make sure you are getting enough protein on a daily basis, whether your goal is 45 grams or 445 grams - sure it's a lot of eggs but it's totally doable.

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