There Has To Be More To Life Than Eating Chicken
High Protein Diets
Atkins, Low Carb, Paleo, Keto, HFLC, or just because your doctor said you need a little bit more clean protein in your diet. Whatever your reason for upping your protein in your daily eating, you might find that there are times when you cannot possibly eat another chicken breast.
What do you do then? Chicken is easy, quick, goes with everything and for the most part can be economical. It’s time to start looking beyond the breast and see what protein options are available.
Great sources of protein that aren’t chicken breasts
Eggs – If you are on a tight budget, eggs will now be your new BFFs. They’re inexpensive, and versatile. Scrambled eggs, over easy (my favorite) on toast, poached on a salad, hard boiled (make deviled eggs, or egg salad, or put on top of a chopped salad). You can also add an egg white to oatmeal for extra protein. You can freeze the yolks to have it available for later.
Protein Shakes – I love the Tone It Up brand, you can get it at Target. Low calorie, Low sugar, and high protein. 15 grams of protein in each scoop. Not bad for 90 calories. But there are plenty of other options available to enjoy. Just watch for the amount of sugar that is added.
Beef Jerky – Perfect for snacks, traveling or even keeping in a drawer at work. Just don’t get normal beef jerky, or turkey jerky, or whatever. It’s full of sugar. We don’t want sugar, we want protein. I like People’s Choice Beef Jerky or Keto Carne (both are 16 grams protein per 1 oz). Both on Amazon, and very tasty.
Nuts – No surprise here but nuts are on the list of protein packed foods. Raw almonds are the best. Good fats, fiber, and protein, but high in calories if you’re not careful. I like the Emerald Nuts 100 Calorie Packs easily found at the grocery store. If you like chocolate the cocoa covered almonds are really yummy. Target has them, and so does Amazon (3 grams protein per pack).
Peanut butter or hummus – Justin’s has peanut or almond butter single servings. Great with celery sticks, fit easily in a back pack, or purse. Sabra has single serve hummus but must be kept cold.
Switch out wheat flour for almond flour – I use almond flour for EVERYTHING now. It takes more work to make your own waffle mix, tortillas, and cinnamon rolls, but if you want to cut down on the carbs and increase the protein it is well worth the effort. You can get it at target, sprouts, or amazon. I ended up getting it on Aamazon because I get the HUGE bags now.
Fish – Salmon is delicious and so is tuna. I like tuna salad, but I have a recipe for tuna hand rolls. My dad goes fishing all of the time, so I get whatever he catches. Sculpin cooked with just butter is delicious.
Shrimp – Either from the meat department, or you can get them frozen. I also like the clams in the tin, whatever brand, that are kept next to the tuna at the store. Really yummy with butter and some herbs and pasta. (Try the protein enriched pasta, too.)
Pre-Cooked Bacon – I am not a fan of pork, but if you like bacon, I would get the precooked bacon from Oscar Mayer. It stays in the fridge better. And I don’t have to worry about splattering everywhere. Easy for sandwiches and salads. Or burgers. Hmm burgers.
Ground Turkey – One of my favorite dinners right now is the Egg roll in a bowl. It calls for pork, but I find that the spicy turkey breakfast sausage is even better.
Beef – I like a good steak. I really don’t care what the cut is, so I tend to just go cheap. London broil can be good if the price is right, and you can generally get 3-4 servings out of it. Cut up and freeze and just cook what you’re eating tonight or tomorrow. Great for burritos or on the top of salads.
Deli meats – be careful of the sugar and sodium, but I like to snack on deli meat, cheese and cucumber slices. Or even no cucumbers.
Vegan Protein Options
Chia seeds – Add these to smoothies, breakfast pudding, or the protein shakes, and it gives an interesting texture. Almost like tiny tapioca balls that get stuck in your teeth.
Quinoa – Instead of rice, have quinoa. Just rinse it before cooking. Same calories as brown rice but higher in protein: 111 calories for ½ cup, 4 grams protein, 15 grams carbs. versus brown rice – ½ cup 108 calories, 3 grams of protein, 22 grams carbs.
So you see there are plenty alternatives to more chicken. Whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, or even vegan there is something available to increase your lean and healthy protein intake.
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