If you’re in tune with the world of diet and nutrition, you’ve heard about the importance of protein. It seems to be a top focus for everyone from athletes to dieters and for good reason. Protein helps maintain and build practically everything from our fingernails to our muscles. If your current diet is lacking in protein, try adding one of the foods below.
There’s a reason so many people start their day with this classic breakfast staple—it’s packed with protein (more than six grams in one egg), amino acids and choline (a nutrient important for liver function and brain health). While many people opt for egg whites, the yolk contains many of the nutrients, so it’s important to eat whole eggs, when possible. This versatile food can be enjoyed at breakfast or hard boiled for an on-the-go snack, either way you can’t go wrong.
This tasty and delicious snack is a great source of protein, with just half a cup of mixed nuts containing almost 12 grams. The convenient and portable snack is also a good source of vitamins, fiber and healthy fats—and studies suggest that nuts help promote heart health.
This tasty snack offers about 17 grams of protein per container, but that’s not all. The yogurt also packs in probiotics, which help with digestion and vitamin B12, which helps with energy and brain function.
When it comes to protein from an animal, it’s tough to beat all the benefits salmon has to offer. With one ounce of salmon containing almost six grams of protein, this healthy fish is a great choice for athletes. Salmon is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which bring heart health benefits and high in vitamin D, which is key for strong bones.
This complete protein has long been an underrated diet food. Just one cup of low fat cottage cheese contains 28 grams of protein, along with vitamins and minerals. Add fresh fruit for a classic way to enjoy cottage cheese or branch out and add it to a smoothie or dinner recipe.