Top 10 Protein Packed Foods
Top 10 Protein packed foods
- Fish (Tuna, Salmon, Halibut, and Tilapia) – Did you know that the omega 3 fatty acids which fish contain have incredible health benefits? Fish is quickly becoming a popular protein source. Not only will it provide you with the essential fatty acids your body needs to lower inflammation and fight bad cholesterol, it is the leanest meat source on the list of top 10 protein packed food sources. Cold water fish have the greatest concentration of healthy oils, and wild caught is definitely best. With Tuna weighing in at 30% protein, it packs the most protein ounce for ounce of any fish you can consume*. Which makes it the #1 choice on our top 10 Protein Packed foods? * A word of caution, experts suggest limiting fish to 2-3 servings per week, because of their high mercury content
- Chicken Breast/Turkey Breast – Skinless is the best way to eat this option to avoid unwanted saturated fats. Don’t worry about flavor; there are plenty of ways to enhance the taste with rubs and seasoning. In fact, keep on the lookout for delicious and healthy ways to prepare poultry coming soon in future blog posts.
- Red Meat – Beef is another high protein rich food, but is lacking the health benefits found in fish and poultry. Beef is high in saturated fats, so look for the leanest cuts and limit the frequency in which it is consumed.
- Eggs – are another fantastic source of protein. They are easy to digest and can be eaten any time of the day. Try them for breakfast, as a great way to jump start you protein consumption for the day.
- Cheese (Low-fat Mozzarella and Cottage Cheese) – Cheese; another great source of protein when your 10 gallon hat is feeling 5 gallons flat, hanker for a hunk of cheese. Beware of the high fat content in most varieties and opt for low-fat mozzarella or cottage cheese which still tastes great.
- Pork Loin – Although not the most popular protein choice and a rival of chicken, pork is high in protein and is slowly becoming more and more popular.
- Nuts and Seeds (Almonds, Pumpkin, Squash, and Watermelon Seeds) – Chock-full of plenty of protein, a handful of nuts every day can massively lower your risk of heart attack, so they are definitely make the list.
- Greek Yogurt – made from milk and is extra protein dense, so if you like the taste it is a double dose of protein in every spoonful. Add some fresh fruit or healthy nuts and granola for an awesome snack.
- Beans – Beans are the only vegetable to make the list of top 10 protein rich food sources. These vegetables are both full of protein and high in fiber, so they are great if you’re trying to lose weight. The fiber content helps to make you feel full, and can keep you regular too. Because they are an incomplete source of protein enjoy them with corn or tofu for a cheap and healthy way to get a complete source of protein without any meat.
- Tofu – Tofu is not just for vegetarians any more. With a half cup yielding 10 grams of protein and cholesterol free, tofu clearly belongs on this list. Resembling cheese in appearance, it provides bone-healthy minerals, like calcium, potassium, and magnesium.
There you have the top 10 protein packed food sources that you can add to your diet to ensure you get the protein your body needs. Select a few from the list each day, and your body will have the nutrients it needs to keep you operating at your best.