Protein is perhaps one of the most useful things to include in your diet. Our bodies thrive off it and our muscles are made from it. Protein won't just make you feel great, it can help keep you feeling full and satisfied all day long which is beyond useful when trying to lose weight. While there are numerous protein powders and supplements on the market, it is best attained from natural, whole food sources. If you aren't really sure what this means or what you should be eating, here are 5 protein packed foods you will want to add to your diet ASAP!
1. Lean Meat and Fish
Meat and fish are excellent sources of protein and healthy fats that your brain needs to function. If fish is your choice, stick to wild caught and aim for a variety like salmon, tuna and barramundi. For your meat, stay with organic, hormone-free, and grass fed.
Legumes like chickpeas and lentils are not only a great source of protein but also include fiber, folate, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc, calcium and selenium. While legumes are some of the most nutritious food sources on the planet, they can cause gas and bloating. So if you are new to them, make sure to introduce them slowly. Try adding them to soups, salads and curries!
Eggs are protein packed and high in nutrients. Coming in at less than 100 calories for one large egg, they are a great regular protein source. When eating a whole egg, (instead of egg whites) you are getting all the nutrients and healthy fats your brain needs to work properly. Try to buy organic free-range eggs. A great way to eat them is poached with a little bit of wild salmon and leafy greens.
[bctt tweet="5 Perfect Protein Packed Foods To Eat Post-Workout"]
4. Nuts and Seeds
Nuts are another great source of healthy fats and protein. Unsalted walnuts and almonds are full of healthy fats, antioxidants, protein and fiber. The polyunsaturated fats found in nuts are great for your skin, hair, teeth and nails. Not only will they help lower cholesterol, they can give you a great energy boost when you feel yourself lagging midday! Grab a small handful for a snack or toss them on your salad in place of croutons.
Quinoa is a nutritious, gluten-free ancient grain. If you are a vegetarian, quinoa is a great option as it is a complete protein -- which is rare in plant proteins. It is also high in fiber and a source of iron, B vitamins, calcium and magnesium, and vitamin E. Try using quinoa in place of rice or to bump up your salads.
What are your favourite protein sources? For creative ways to work these foods into your diet, check out the BodyRock Meal Plan
! With over 30 days of healthy meals, plus a detailed nutrition guide and an added recipe book with 70 more recipes, healthy eating has never been so easy!