If you are trying to lose weight, are fighting brain fog or want more energy, chances are you were told to eat high protein foods.
Every part of our body uses protein to function properly. Fueling your body with high protein foods only makes sense. If you are not putting enough “fuel” in, your organs, tissues, muscles and hormones can suffer. A protein deficiency can cause havoc with your body.
A high protein diet helps to boost your metabolism for weight loss and gives you more energy. It stabilizes your blood sugars and reduces brain fog, helping you to think clearly. High protein foods are great for packing on extra muscle.
To help you select the best high protein foods for your diet, I compiled a list of some of high protein foods that you can find in your average grocery store.
You will notice that the list covers a variety of high protein foods. I did this so that you can compare food types and have more options to add to your daily meals.
List of High Protein Foods
Peanut butter (2 tbsp) – 8 g
Raw almonds (19 pieces) – 7 g
Almond butter (1 tbsp) – 2 g
Skinless chicken breast (1 cup) – 38 g
Grass fed beef (3 oz) – 22 g
Ground turkey (3 oz) – 22 g
Salmon (half fillet) – 39 g
Tuna (canned, 1 cup) – 39 g
Deli turkey (1 oz) – 4 g
Bone broth (1/4 cup) – 20 g
Lentils (1 cup) – 18 g
Black (and other) beans (1 cup) – 15 g
More About Protein
High protein foods vary substantially in protein, fat, and calorie content per serving. Some of the best protein have high fat counts. But it is important to consider that not all fats are bad for you. And some can be very beneficial to your diet, even if weight loss is your top priority. Almonds, for example, are rich in omega three fatty acids but low in saturated fats.
In general, if you are looking for an efficient way to increase your protein count but keep your calorie and fat intakes minimal, than fish and lean meats are an effective option. Canned tuna (hold the mayo) tops the list as the most efficient protein source. Skinless chicken breasts, deli turkey, ground turkey and lean ground beef are also highly efficient high protein foods.
How Do You Add More Protein To Your Diet?
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