Foods high in protein should be a staple of everyone’s diet. Besides being absolutely essential in helping your body build big, bulging muscles, a new study proves that even Grandma needs protein to preserve her healthy (no matter how small) muscle mass.
So, the question becomes, “What are the healthiest, leanest, and tastiest protein sources?” Below is a list, in no particular order, of the 10 best foods high in protein. Vegetarian? We’ve got you covered too with a mix of non-meat products, so no excuses!
- Chicken Breast – 3.5 oz., 30 grams of protein (Go with the 99% fat-free boneless, skinless variety for the leanest choice.)
- Turkey – About 7 grams of protein per ounce
- Tuna – 6 oz. can, 40 grams of protein
- Salmon – 3.5 oz., 27 grams of protein
- Eggs – 1 large, 7 grams of protein
- Milk – 1 cup, 8 grams of protein (Go with 1% or skim)
- Cottage Cheese – 1/2 cup, 15 grams of protein
- Almonds, Peanuts, Cashews – 1/4 cup, 8grams, 9 grams, 5 grams of protein
- Peanut Butter – 2 Tablespoons, 8 grams of protein
- Yogurt – 8-12 grams of protein per cup
Add at least a few of these to your grocery list this week, and give your body the tools it needs to grow (or maintain in Grandma’s case)!
While you should get the majority of your protein from whole foods, a protein supplement can provide a quick and convenient source as well. Have a protein shake between meals to keep your metabolism working.