High Protein Foods
Are you looking to up your protein intake and get more high protein foods in? Check out these five helpful tips.
You see, I didn’t start learning how to cook until I decided to get serious about fitness and let me tell you it took a while before I finally perfected how to cook my chicken. It was so bad that I remember slowing chewing my chicken and saying, “I think I’m going to have to give up on being healthy because I cannot eat THIS every day.”
I got sick of it and needed to figure out how I would make this “healthy lifestyle” thing happen in the long run.
And here we are years later. I’ve gotten way better at cooking and discovered a ton of other high protein-rich foods to include with my meals.
So is it really that hard? Before we dive in, let’s quickly go over why protein is important.
Why Do You Need Protein?
Protein is one of the three macronutrients that make up your calories, and the main one we can give credit to building muscle mass or at least maintaining it, depending on where you are in your fitness journey.
It does a lot for us to ignore. So, here are my tips on how to get more protein in your diet.
1. Add more plant-based proteins
These are all great, but as a heads-up, legumes are going to be the best bet if you want to pack on more protein.
I grew up eating some of these and let me tell you nothing beats having homemade beans with fresh tortillas when I visit Mexico. But here are a couple of other legumes.
- Black eye peas
- All the beans
- Lupin Bean
Seeds & Nuts
Seeds are mainly made up of healthy fats, so a handful can keep you full for a while. They are super easy to add as a topping for an extra crunch or eat alone.
- Hemp seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Peanuts almonds
- Sunflower seeds
- Flax seeds
- Macadamia Nuts
Other Plant-based protein-packed foods I discovered
I love using nutritional yeast by sprinkling about a tablespoon onto a salad, make a vegan cheese sauce or sprinkling on your eggs. And you can add a tsp of spirulina into your oats and smoothies, by the way, the blue spirulina is how people make those cool nice cream bowl on Instagram.
- Nutritional Yeast
2. Add Protein Supplements
Adding protein powder is my favorite hack because you can add protein powder to almost anything. These days I’m obsessed with my peanut butter flavored vegan protein, and on the days you want chocolate, you can just add a tbsp of cocoa powder.
3. Add Nut Butters
Nut butters are some of your favorite seeds made into a butter form. And I have to tell you it can get pricey here, but because I like to keep things real, simple, and cost-effective, I will let you know that you do not need to spend $9.00 on any nut butter. If you feel like splurging, go for it, but for the past couple of months, I’ve been buying the crunchy $1.00 peanut butter from Aldi.
4. Eat Whole Grains
Whole grains aren’t stripped of their nutrients like white bread or white rice, which makes it a better option, plus we are here for the protein, right! FYI white bread or rice is not bad for you, I still eat them both to this day, but when you do have the option to choose, go for the whole grains.
- Whole grain bread
- Whole grain pasta – I also listed a couple of different protein-packed pasta I love.
- Chickpea pasta
- Lentil Pasta
- Black Bean Pasta
5. Sneak in high protein Veggies
To tell you the truth, I never ate vegetables growing up unless they were the frozen mixed veggies my mom put in her rice or her chicken caldo (stew). So I learned a lot over the years.
Conclusion of how to get more protein in your diet
I hope this was helpful. Protein is important, and while you don’t need to go crazy about protein, including more of it in your meals will make a world of difference.
I would love to hear some of the ways you like to get more protein in your meals.