We all know that protein is an important part of our diet, but do you know what you should be eating to make sure that you’re getting plenty of healthy protein in your diet?
Did you know that at least 20% of your diet should come from protein every day? Do you think you’re getting enough protein in your diet?
I can’t stress enough how important a high protein breakfast is to start your brain off on the right foot, as well as a healthy protein snack a few hours before bedtime to help regulate your blood sugar as you sleep.
Today, I’ll be sharing 10 sources of healthy and delicious protein.
Proteins are the main building blocks of your body. They’re used to make muscles, tendons, organs, and skin, as well as enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and molecules that serve important functions in your body.
Protein can help lower your blood pressure, fight diabetes, lose weight and increase your muscle mass and strength.
Not getting enough protein can be detrimental to your health. But not just any protein will do, you need to focus on the quality of the protein you’re eating because not all protein is created equal.
Now you know why it’s so important, what are some healthy and delicious options for you to incorporate protein into your diet every day? We all know that meat has protein in it, but where else can you get healthy protein?
- Eggs! About 33% of eggs calories come from protein, but they’re not good just for the protein. They’re full of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats.2. Oats! About 14% of their calories come from protein and they are also one of the healthiest whole grains you can eat. They are also filled with healthy fibers, magnesium, manganese and thiamine. For some extra protein and flavor, add some almonds or almond butter to your morning oatmeal3. Pumpkin Seeds! They make a fun and delicious snack on their own or you can add them to your favorite snack mix or even put them on salads or oatmeal. About 22% of their calories come from protein and they’re full of iron, magnesium, and zinc.
4. Ezekiel bread! It’s different from bread. It’s made of organic and sprouted whole grains and legumes and about 20% of its calories come from protein.
5. Greek Yogurt! A whopping 66% of its calories come from protein and you can add fruit to add lots of flavor to it. Just make sure to buy the kind without any added sugar and add your own natural flavors.
6. Almonds! A popular tree nut is rich in essential nutrients including fiber, vitamin E, and magnesium. 15% of their calories come from protein.
7. Broccoli. High in vitamin C, K, fiber, and potassium. calorie for calorie it is high in protein compared to most veggies … 33% of it calories are from protein.
8. Quinoa. Considered a superfood it is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. 15% of it’s calories are from protein.
9. Lentils. Lentils are a type of legume and are high in fiber, magnesium, potassium, and iron. They are among the worlds best source of plant-based protein. 31% of their calories come from protein.
10. Tuna. canned tuna is a popular fish used in a variety of baked dishes or cold salads. it is low in fat and calories, but rich in protein. 84% of it’s calories come from protein.
I’m curious, are you getting enough protein in your diet? What are you going to start eating to ensure you’re getting plenty of healthy protein? Let us know in the comments!
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