When we typically think of protein, we tend to gravitate towards meats and fish, and why wouldn’t we? They’re great sources that commonly make up most of our dishes. While always important, sometimes you want a lighter option, one that adds to a dish without being the main component. Here are a few fun foods to add into your diet or meals for that little, extra boost.
Loaded with the probiotics our bodies know and love, it’s also rich in protein with roughly 20g per 200g serving, making each serving 10% protein! The best part is, even if you’re lactose intolerant, the straining process that goes into making it makes it lactose-intolerant friendly! More than that, it’s a great base for a variety of dishes. Spruce up your morning with a base of greek yogurt, throw in some granola and berries for a breakfast parfait loaded with protein and vitamins. Feeling savory? Try making a greek yogurt vinaigrette by mixing it with lemon juice, white wine vinegar, sugar, minced garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and dill. Inspired? Here are a few other ways to enjoy greek yogurt to soothe those salty cravings.
Lentils and Quinoa
Great for heart health and full of amino acids, lentils, with 10% protein per serving, and quinoa, with 4%, are a great way to get in your daily protein intake. Delicious in a warm soup during winter, or in a refreshing Mediterranean salad during the summer. Wanna remix those tired old stuffings? Try mixing in some lentils for a legume-y delight. Craving that salty crunch during your favorite shows? Quinoa (or lentil) chips are a great way to enjoy a healthier version of previously saturated snacks. Enjoy them with hummus, ranch, or even on their own. Better yet, why not double up on the goodness with this one-pot dish!
Almonds and Peanuts
Trail-mix, flours, oils, butters, there’s a million ways these nuts have fit into our lives. So much so, we see them as staples in baked goods and ice creams. An ounce of almonds provides 6 grams of protein, making them roughly 20% per piece, while peanuts are roughly 25% protein. Better yet, because of their textures, these nuts work excellent as flours or methods of crusting other protein rich foods like chicken to further fill you up! Want some more ideas? Check here for our almond aficionados and here for those with a peanut preference.
So there you have it. Next time you’re looking for that protein fix, there’s more the world can offer than you’d think. Some might even say the world is your oyster (another protein dense food)... :) Still looking for a tastier, protein-packed drink? That’s where we come in. 20g of smooth, creamy, lactose-free protein in five different flavors. Get stronger, with Slate.
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Written by Cassandra Catesson