There are plenty of reasons why you should be trying to increase your intake of protein. After-all, it is essential for building and maintaining muscle, as well as being good for fighting off hunger.
Of course chicken, fish and beef are good sources of protein, they are not the only sources available.
For some eating meat is not an option, but even if you are a fan of meat, the following plant-based proteins could be a good alternative now and then.
Here are some of the best plant-based proteins available:
A single cup of lentils contains 18 grams of protein, plus plenty of fibre too, which will aid your digestive health.
You can add lentils as a side, or could use them as a topping for your soups and salads.
If you grind them you can even add lentils to your vegetarian burgers.
There are numerous seeds that contain a good portion of protein, for example:
- Hemp seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Chia seeds
- Flax seeds
Seeds are also a good source of healthy fats, which offer other numerous benefits too, including the ability to fight off food cravings.
To add seeds to your current diet you could sprinkle them over your cereal, smoothies or salads.
#3: Nuts and Nut Butters
Not only are nuts a good source of protein, but nut butters (like peanut butter) unsurprisingly are too.
A quarter cup of nuts, or 2 tablespoons of nut butter could provide you with between 7 and 9 grams of protein.
Nuts are also a good source of potassium, that can help reduce belly bloat. Therefore giving the appearance that you have lost weight.
Edamame or soybeans are a good source of protein, with a typical serving containing 20 grams of protein.
It is also a good source of calcium, manganese and phosphorus, which are all minerals that can help keep your bones and muscles healthy. Perfect if you intending on working out regularly.
To add edamame to your diet, add a handful to any stir-fry or pasta dish.
Beans are not only a good source of protein, but contain a healthy amount of fibre and antioxidants too.
This means that eating beans offer numerous health benefits.
You can add beans to your soups, or even as a topping for your baked potato.