‘Protein’ has most certainly been the buzzword of the fitness world for quite some time now. For many of us interested in upping our protein in take though, this can lead to a diet consisting of chicken, eggs, protein shakes… and not much else.
It might surprise you to learn that there are plenty of other options out there for high-protein foods – some of which even provide you with more protein, gram for gram, than eggs. Here are 5 of the most protein-rich foods you can introduce into your diet to egg-scape the repetitiveness…
1. Greek Yoghurt
It may surprise you to learn that there are 17g of protein in a regular pot of plain, non-fat Greek yoghurt. At only 100 calories, it’s a guilt-free way to increase your protein intake for the day. Throw in a handful of nuts on top to maximise this high-protein snack.
2. Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds have long been praised for their high levels of magnesium, which helps to increase energy and keeps bones healthy. However, pumpkin seeds are also high in protein – with a quarter of a cup packing an impressive 10g of protein. Grab a handful as a quick snack or sprinkle some seeds over your salad for an easy way to get more protein.
Finding something crunchy to snack on can be a big help when trying to resist other food cravings, and roasted soybeans can be the perfect alternative to unhealthier options such as crisps. As well as keeping you busy, a quarter of a cup of soybeans also contains 15g of protein, alongside high levels of potassium and fibre.
If you haven’t heard of spirulina before, it is essentially a type of seaweed. Although it’s a bit of an acquired taste, two tablespoons of dried spirulina can provide you with 8g of protein – making it the perfect addition to a salad or chicken dish.
5. Gruyere Cheese
Yes, you can eat cheese as part of a high-protein diet! Although you should be careful not to overindulge, a 1-ounce slice of this Swiss cheese contains less than 120 calories and an impressive 8g of protein.