We all already know that one of the best eating plans to try for significant and long-term weight loss is a high protein diet. Not only does consuming a high protein diet keep us full longer, it also helps us stay as energized as possible without as many calories and burn as much fat as possible.
Not to mention the fact that protein allows us to build lean muscle-mass, which is crucial for effective fat burn. While this is all great and a fantastic way to lose weight, what many of seem to struggle with is how to break free from the regular consuming of the tasty-at-first-but-now-very-boring grilled chicken breast and broccoli tandem. Try adding the following foods to your grocery list to give your body that punch of protein it needs while adding variety to your meals at the same time.
We’re sure you’re already aware that fish is a great source of protein, but halibut is in a league of its own when it comes to making sure you’re satiated. At 3 ounces a serving, Halibut packs 16 grams of protein for just 77 calories. Not only that, but it even beats out oatmeal and vegetables when it comes to satiation. Halibut is so highly recommended that it was listed as the second most filling food in the world by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
We often overlook vegetables when it comes to a high protein diet, which is a huge mistake in our opinion. There are tons of vegetables out there that are high in protein, one of which is the humble artichoke. One medium artichoke gives you 4.2 grams of protein while also delivering tons of fiber. In fact, one artichoke has nearly twice as much fiber as kale does. The best part is that you can eat it in so many different ways. What’s not to love about a bit of artichoke?
It’s a pity to see pork getting so much hate from doctors and dieters alike these days. Relegated as the high-fat protein option that no one wants to touch with a ten-yard stick, pork is actually a fantastic source of lean protein as long as you know what cut to ask for. Pork tenderloin is the best choice for someone looking for lean protein as, unbeknownst to many, it actually has a bit less fat than a skinless chicken breast. A four-ounce serving of pork tenderloin delivers 24 grams of protein for 124 calories.
Beans, beans, and more beans are just what you need as a base for a protein-heavy plate. Packing a punch of up to 10 grams of protein for just a half-cup serving, beans are also loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are great for your muscles and for your brain as well. They’re also great at helping you feel full since they’re a slow digesting food. Another great thing about beans is how versatile they are! You can do whatever you want with them like throw a serving into a salad for more oomph or tossing it with salsa and corn for a healthy and filling high-protein snack.
We bet you didn’t think you’d ever see this on a list for high-protein food, but yes, it’s true, guava is definitely high in protein. It’s actually the fruit with highest protein content per serving as it pays out 4.2 grams of the good stuff in just one cup of fruit. It’s also got a whopping 9 grams of fiber, which is perfect for weight loss, not to mention the fact that you’ll even get 600 percent of your daily recommended intake of vitamin in each cup. You can eat it as is, throw it into a refreshing tropical salad or even stew it down an Asian inspired soup.
Yeah, you read it right, we said bison. We’re well aware that it’s not a very common choice of protein, but trust us when we say that its popularity is rising and it’s for a very good reason. When compared beef, bison has half the fat and calories of grass fed beef. That means you’re getting 23 grams of honest to goodness protein without the excess fat and calories that beef comes with. If you need more reason to try Bison, just one 4-ounce serving of this succulent red meat will give you a full day’s worth of vitamin B-12.
Sprouted Whole Grain Bread
Gasp! Did we say bread?! Yes, indeed we did. Just like pretty much every other kind of food available out there, not all breads are created equal. Sprouted whole grain bread is incredibly nutrient-dense as it’s made primarily with lentils, grains and seeds like barley and millet. Two slices of this dense and protein-packed bread willtake 220 calories out of your daily allowance and comes with 12 grams of protein.
Light Canned Tuna
That’s right, we’re putting something tinned on this list. While we generally encourage people to stay away from canned food, light canned tuna is a viable exception because it’s a fantastic source of protein and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Affordability also plays a factor since it’s not really affordable to be eating wild salmon and bison every single day. If you’re worried about mercurcy, your best bet is to go for canned chunk light tuna that has been taken from the smallest tuna fish as it’s considered a lower mercury fish. This kind of tuna has 16 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving.
Our love for eggs is pretty strong. Seriously. We can’t get over them and we probably never will. This is because eggs are probably the most versatile, protein-packed food you could possibly eat when you’re on a diet. A typical egg will have about 85 calories and comes with a whopping 7 grams of protein. Eggs are also fantastic for your health because they’re filled with iron, amino acids and antioxidants. Eat them for breakfast with a spinach salad and sprouted whole grain bread or down them for a post-workout snack. Bonus? They’re absolutely delicious and versatile.