What are the best sources of protein?

May 23, 2016
What are the best sources of protein?

Do you ever wonder what is in your protein powder or what it looked like before it was put into a powder form? 

Do you want to know more about different sources of protein?

Did you know there are other sources of protein other than meat?

I have found that foods high in protein are great for curbing hunger as well as great to be consumed after an intense work out. For this reason, I have sought out proteins that are really high in protein that also do little harm and instead add more benefits. For this reason, I have included some of my favorite sources of proteins that are high in protein and good for you in other ways such as containing complex carbohydrates, being able to be thrown in multiple dishes and more.

My Favorite Sources of Protein

chic peas for protein

Chickpeas –  15 grams per 1 cup

Low in cholesterol, high in iron and versatile chickpeas are a great source of protein.

How to use: Chickpeas can be thrown into a salad, soup or made into a dip! Click here for an easy guide to cooking dried chickpeas and turning them into an awesome treat!

mixed nuts proteinNuts – Mixed nuts 22 grams per 1 cup

Mixed nuts are a great source of protein but can be a high calorie snack so try to use them sparingly and mix them in with other foods that are not as high in calories.

How to use: Awesome options include mixing them into a stir-fry or pairing them with dried fruit to get the great benefit without over indulging.

quinoa proteinQuinoa– 8 grams of protein per 1 cup

Quinoa is a great source of protein, complex carbs and fiber. Since quinoa is in its basic form, it takes longer to digest and as a result contributes to longer lasting energy than more processed options.

How to use: Quinoa can be paired with a salad and used as a substitute. If you want a little heartier effect, you can even mix ½ brown rice and ½ quinoa.

red lentil proteinRed Lentils – 18 grams per 1 cup

Red lentils are absolutely delicious, versatile and have no downfalls! Depending on how much water you add to them when cooking, you can have more of a soupy or a thick stew type dish.

How to use: Red Lentils are also wonderful in serving as a vehicle for other spices and veggies such as cumin, celery and carrots that are wonderful for the body. Click here for a dal recipe that includes many other super star ingredients.

protein peanut butterPeanut Butter –  8 grams per 2 tablespoons

Peanut butter is very delicious but should be used in moderation. Peanut butter is high in fat but fat is not something we should be afraid of. Look for a peanut butter with minimal processing (if there is a local store that will grind it for you that is even better). This helps ensure that you are getting all of the good and missing added sugars and other ingredients that are not as good for your body.

How to use: Add peanut butter to your smoothie for an awesome addition or add to sauces. In a sauce, the taste of the peanut butter can stick out easily without you having to use too much. Another treat is making ants on a log by putting the peanut butter on a stalk of celery and adding dried fruit such as raisins. Click here for a great recipe that calls for peanut butter but also allows you to get your needed veggies (pair with quinoa for a delicious combo).

I hope that you have enjoyed these sources of protein and are able to begin to use them in your daily life. Let us know how the recipes turned out and some of your favorite sources of protein.

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This is a guest post by Lillian Daniels who is a health advocate with extensive knowledge on healthy eating. Connect with Lillian on Instagram.

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