Friday, October 9, 2009

List of High Protein Foods

Getting all the protein you need isn't easy, especially if you want to limit the amount of meat you eat. It goes without saying that beef, poultry, and fish are all great sources of protein, but here is a list of high protein foods you may not have known about.

Cottage Cheese
If you're looking for a high protein snack in the dairy department, cottage cheese is your best bet. Just one half cup contains an incredible 15 grams of protein. Cottage cheese is also a great source of both calcium and Vitamin D.

Corn
Next on our list of high protein foods is a high protein vegetable- corn. Corn isn't a protein powerhouse like some of the other foods on our list, but it provides a respectable dosage along with the added benefits of corn's high fiber content. It's a great addition to any soup or high protein meal.

Tofu
Tofu is the staple of many a vegetarian and vegan's diet for a reason- it's an amazing source of protein. One half cup of tofu has 20 grams of protein. It may be hard to get used to cooking tofu at first, but with a little practice, you'll be good to go. A tofu scramble makes for a delicious and high protein breakfast.

Peanut Butter
A PB & J sandwich may have more protein than you think. It only takes two tablespoons of peanut butter to get you 8 grams of protein. Raw peanut butter boasts even more nutritional benefits. Look for it at your local health food store.

Lentils
Lentil beans are a healthy way to add a little more protein to your diet. Lentils also can help to lower your cholesterol and boost your heart health. One of the best ways to serve lentils is in a soup. Try adding lentils and a few other foods on our list of high protein foods for a nutritious meal.

Parmesan
When you sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese onto your food, you're also imbuing it with a little extra protein into your meal. Every ounce of Parmesan adds an addition 10 grams, making it a perfect way to balance your meal.


Flax Seeds
Whether you're cooking with flax seed oil, eating them in a muffin, or sprinkling some ground flax seeds into your food, they're a wonderful way to get some protein. Flax Seeds also contain omega-3 essential fatty acids. 


Soy Beans
There's a reason why so many meat substitutes contain soy- soy beans are loaded with protein. From milk to burgers, there's a way to work soy and its 14 grams protein per half cup into just about any meal. 


Split Peas
Split pea soup is a cold weather staple, making the winter a great time to add some protein to your diet.  They also can be eaten in a puree or just plain during the warmer months of the year. 

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