If you are on a diet you may be missing some of your favorite high protein foods. Protein is essential for losing weight and maintaining sound health but not all protein is created equal and the way you eat your foods can affect the quality of protein within your diet.
The following is a list of the top 5 high protein foods that should be included in your daily diet.
Beans: Pulses, beans and legumes like pinto, kidney, black and garbanzo beans are fantastic sources of protein. Baked beans are probably the most concentrated protein food available so you can easily make a large batch of these beans to last you through the entire week.
Chicken: Lean chicken meat is among the best sources of protein available. It’s also lean and easy to cook. The best thing about chicken is how versatile it is. You can make it your main course, a side dish or apresentation. It’s all about getting that balance right.
Protein Supplements: There are several different types of protein supplements so try to find the one that suits you the best.
Whey Protein: Whey protein is most often used by bodybuilders. Whey protein is a great source of high quality protein that is quickly absorbed into the body providing users with a rapid amino acid infusion.
Soy Protein: Soy protein is another highly digestible source of protein. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Soy protein is also highly bio-available, meaning that it is easily and quickly absorbed into the body.
Egg Protein: Egg protein powder is digested very quickly and is a supplement that is considered to be the perfect protein. Eggs are considered to be the perfect protein because they contain all nine of the essential amino acids and all 14 of the non-essential amino acids.
Chicken: A super source of lean, white meat, chicken provides the body with plenty of protein. Chicken is also relatively inexpensive and can be found in a lot of restaurants.
Tofu: Tofu is a replacement for about half of the protein that you would typically find in your diet. Tofu is made from soy milk and is considered to be a healthy replacement for meat and fish.
Salmon: Salmon is extremely high in protein, as are most wild fish. While most cold water fish are bad sources of protein due to high levels of mercury and other contaminants, salmon and other fatty fish are some of the healthiest ones. Baked Salmon tastes great and is very convenient as well as being very high in protein.
Legumes: When it comes to legumes, more than a dozen varieties are available and among the healthiest are lentils, kidney and black beans. Check into healthy chili varieties and recipes.
Quinoa and Oatmeal: These whole grains contain a lot of protein for a low influnce intake. Quinoa cooks very quickly and is a great protein source for vegans and vegetarians. Oatmeal is high in fiber which makes it a perfect carb for breakfast.
Almonds and other nuts: Not only are nuts very filling, but they are also very high in protein. By eating a handful of nuts with some low-fat dip before you go to work you’ll save yourself from being hungry all morning.