Protein, Protein, Protein! If you’re into fitness, then you know all too well that protein is your friend. The muscle builder, weight loss cutter and appetite filler; protein is an essential weapon in your dietary arsenal.
Despite this though, and even with our best intentions, a hectic day can lead us to jump in on foods that aren’t as beneficial to us as this nutritional wizard. Think how many times you’ve gone home or gone for lunch and cobbled together whatever was in the fridge or, and we all do it, visited your local takeaway? We are only human after all!
It doesn’t have to be that way though, with these 10 high protein foods you can get yourself through the day, avoid the sugar crash, improve your health, build muscle and even help achieve your weight loss goals.
So versatile, so delicious and oh so easy to add to your diet. One large egg, on average, will contain 6g of protein and just 0.6g of carbs. Nutrient-dense when compared to literally any other food, they are easy for even the most reluctant meal prepper out there. Simply boil 2 eggs and then go about your day knowing you’ve got this super easy snack at your disposal.
2. Peanut Butter
Whether you like it crunchy or hard, there is no wrong way to enjoy the delicious taste of peanut butter. A 30g spoonful will provide you with 8g of protein, 6g of carbs and infinite grams of satisfaction. Easy to just have on the spoon, spoon it onto some celery or spread it on slices of apple; you cannot beat the guilty but healthy simplicity of peanut butter.
Your friend and mine, the savoury delight that comes in multiple varieties; the protein content of which can vary depending on the style. Swiss, Edam and Gouda are the kings of cheese protein, providing between 26g and 35g per serving and just 1.3g of carbs. Pair it with some grapes or pineapple, and you’ve got yourself a winning combination to carry you throughout the afternoon.
4. Greek Yoghurt
Greek yoghurt contains roughly twice the amount of protein compared to regular yoghurt (and much lower sugar to boot). Coming in between 10g to 20g of protein depending on the brand. Keep it simple by avoiding the flavoured varieties and just add a drizzle of honey, a handful of fruits or nuts.
5. Pumpkin Seeds
7g of protein per 30g serving, full of antioxidant-rich, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, magnesium and many other nutrients. These greens seeds do far more than just fill the gap between lunch and dinner. Roast them or lightly toast them in a frying pan and prepare to enjoy.
Ah, the good old protein shake. We’d be amiss if we didn’t mention this pillar of the protein community. It’s the quickest way to fill yourself up with a bucket load of protein and with such a diverse range of brands to choose from it’s no wonder people turn to the trusted shake.
More protein than two chicken breasts, half the calories of some nuts and it already comes in a neat package; perfect for those who just keep on moving. Jerky comes in lots of different types and flavours, but the chewy goodness is hard to beat in the savoury protein snack department.
Nuts! Almonds sure are versatile things, have them straight up, turn them into milk or make yourself a nut butter. They are full to the brim with fibre, vitamin E & B, magnesium, zinc and our good friend protein. Around 10g per 50g serving. Grab yourself a small pot or bag to throw them in, and you’ve got yourself a perfect mid-morning snack.
Feeling adventurous? Take a walk on the wild side and try some Optimum Nutrition Protein Almonds.
A staple of many peoples lives, but you may not have given the food a chance yet. It is a nice protein heavy alternative to even the most carnivorous of diets. 8g of protein and 1.9g carbs per 100g, chop it up, fry it up with your choice of spices and then throw it on a salad to give yourself that protein top up.
10. Protein Bars
Finally, old faithful itself, the protein bar. Easy, versatile and with just soo many choices available you’d be crazy to overlook them. No matter what you fancy, sweet, savoury, meaty or not there is a protein bar for you. Swing on by the site to check out your options and even try a few with our Pick & Mix. You won’t be disappointed.
There you have it, add these powerful protein sources to your culinary collection, and you'll be on to a winner. Comment below or on our social pages with any specific protein treats you go to and love.