The truth is, protein isn’t just about steak, eggs, and chicken. Surprisingly, protein can be found in an abundance of foods that provide a better dose of protein than hard-boiled eggs and grilled chicken.
Protein is one of the most important nutrients for your body. From maintaining bones to supporting a healthy immune system, eating the right amount of protein helps every organ and ligament grow.
With so many sources of protein, it’s time to ditch the beans, meat, and eggs. Here is a list of five foods that are surprisingly better sources of protein than the usual sources we know of.
Peas are known to pack a protein punch! Uncommon as they are, peas are an excellent source not only of protein, but also of vitamin C and fiber. If you’re not a big fan of plain peas, try tossing them into your salad or rice. With just one serving of peas providing 8g of protein, there’s no healthier equivalent.
Peanut butter is one of the most versatile spreads. Whether on toast or added to a smoothie, peanut butter contains a high amount of protein. Containing nutrients such as amino acids, vitamin E and magnesium, peanut butter can also be eaten plain as a snack. Whether it’s on your celery stick, carrot, or apple slice, peanut butter can be enjoyed with almost anything. Icing on the cake, you can also add it to your desserts!
Did you know that spinach contains the most nutrients among leafy greens? A single serving of raw spinach contains up to 5g of protein. Plus, the leafy green vegetable is a rich source of vitamin K, essential amino acids, and vitamin C. Spinach has also been shown to reduce oxidative stress, so it’s great to eat after exercise!
When it comes to snacks, there’s nothing better than a packet of seeds or nuts. Not only are they fun to eat, but they also pack a great protein punch and keep you going throughout the day. Did you know that an ounce of protein contains magnesium, iron and protein? Pumpkin seeds are much better than walnuts and peanuts. Not only can they be eaten on their own, but they can also be added to your oatmeal, soups and salads! Easy to carry and snack on, pumpkin seeds contain 6.5g of protein per 100g.
These affordable lenses are perfect for those looking to cut costs. Low in fat and high in vitamins, chickpeas are also a great option for anyone looking to lose weight. These versatile lentils can be cooked like a curry, used in a salad, or tossed with tahini to make hummus. If you’re looking for a filling snack, try crispy roasted chickpeas topped with paprika, cilantro and cumin.
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