5 High-Protein Superfoods

March 9, 2015

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blog_lentilburgerWhen you need some extra fuel, a high-protein snack will do the trick without packing on the pounds. Protein is an essential building block in all cells of the body. Protein aids in building and repairing muscles, helping you maintain muscle mass, which boosts metabolism, as you lose weight. Plus, high-protein foods keep you feeling full, making for a staple in a snack or a meal.

 

Lentils.
100 grams (a little less than half a cup) = 9 grams of protein

Lentils are small but powerful seed-shaped legumes. Lentils take on a variety of flavors and can be prepared in a flash. Add them to soups, salads, or stews for a powerful punch of fiber and protein. Need a recipe? Our cold lentil salad won’t disappoint.

Greek yogurt
7 ounce serving 2% plain yogurt = 20 grams of protein

Whether you need a midday pick-me-up or filling breakfast, Greek yogurt will do the trick. Reap the most health benefits by sticking to plain varieties and sweetening with fresh fruit or one teaspoon of honey to avoid going into sugar shock. (Some flavored yogurts have up to 28 grams of sugar, yikes!)

 

Almonds:
ΒΌ cup or about 23 almonds = 6 grams of protein

The list of health benefits of nuts goes on and on. Besides being a powerful protein snack, studies show nuts can help you live longer, reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and help lower cholesterol. A small serving of about 23 almonds is surprisingly satisfying and will hold you over until your next meal.

Black Beans
100 grams (a little less than half a cup) = 21 grams of protein

Another member of the legume family, black beans are no exception to the fiber-protein, one-two punch. A staple in Mexican cuisine, black beans spice up quesadillas, Mexican-themed salads, and can even be made into burgers or spicy soups. Whip up our black bean quesadilla with avocado for dinner tonight!

Eggs
One large egg = 6 grams of protein

 

The incredible, edible egg has a good reputation for a reason. Start your day on weight loss track with two hard boiled eggs to keep you feeling full until lunch. Feeling creative? Try an omelet with your favorite vegetable mixings, like mushrooms or tomatoes, and sprinkled with heart-healthy feta cheese.

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