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12 High-Protein Foods For Weight Loss

12 High-Protein Foods For Weight Loss

Do you want to be healthy? Do you want to lose weight? The two go hand-in-hand. If you focus on your health, the ideal weight will follow. So what foods can help you achieve your goal of great health and weight loss? There are several vegetables that are surprisingly high protein with the added bonus of being high in fiber. Meat is an obvious choice and making sure it’s free-range, grass-fed, or wild-caught increases the nutritional value. Having a healthy source of protein may calm hunger pangs and may help you lose the weight you want.

1. Leafy Greens

Eat your vegetables has never been more applicable. Dark leafy greens such as kale, collards, chard, and spinach, with spinach topping the list with 5 grams in just one cup, are all high in protein.

2. Pumpkin Seeds

Eat your vegetables has never been more applicable. Dark leafy greens such as kale, collards, chard, and spinach, with spinach topping the list with 5 grams in just one cup, are all high in protein.

3. Almonds

An ounce of almonds offers 6 grams of protein as well as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, selenium, and vitamin E. Studies are being done on the effects of almonds on brain health and are being used on Alzheimer’s patients.

4. Legumes

Beans, if prepared properly, are an economical source of protein and fiber. A half cup of beans can contain up to 10 grams of protein and lentils have 9 grams. They also help you feel satiated longer, thereby removing the temptation to snack on unhealthy food later.

5. Grass-Fed Beef

The difference between the nutritional value of grass-fed beef and conventionally-raised beef makes the higher price of the grass-fed beef more than worth it. A 4-ounce steak offers 26 grams of protein, and it’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

6. Free Range Chicken

Free range chicken, surprisingly, is a very high-protein meat. A 3-ounce serving offers 26 grams of protein, while it takes a 4-ounce serving of beef to match it. Chicken is also a less expensive meat, even when you get the tastier free-range chicken.

7. Artichokes

The artichoke wins the prize for being one of the highest in protein and fiber with one medium artichoke containing 4.2 grams of protein and 10.3 grams of fiber. It’s easy to prepare, just boil and eat.

8. Gruyere And Parmesan Cheese

These tasty cheeses pack 8 grams of protein in 1 ounce. Gruyere is a delectable table cheese that melts smoothly, making it perfect for fondue. Parmesan is ideal for grating over salads and just about any dish.

9. Free-Range Eggs

Whole eggs are versatile and economical, offering 7 grams of protein in just one egg all by itself. They are a wonderful source of nutrition, including amino acids, antioxidants, and iron. They are probably one of the least expensive sources of protein you can find.

10. Natural Protein Powder

20 grams of a good natural protein powder can have as many as 16 grams of protein. Because most is derived from dairy it’s important to look for a whey protein from a reputable source that only uses milk from grass-fed cows.

11. Plain Full-Fat Yogurt

The probiotics are an added benefit of the 20 grams of protein in 7 ounces of yogurt. Studies have shown that the probiotics in live yogurt help reduce inflammation and leptin resistance, which helps reduce obesity.

12. Wild Salmon

Wild-caught salmon is more nutritious and higher in omega-3 fatty acids than farm-raised. A 3-ounce serving provides 17 grams of protein. It’s a little pricey, but the taste and nutrition of the wild-caught fish is worth the investment.

This is not even close to a comprehensive list of high protein foods that are good for you. Healthy meats that are gaining popularity include bison, rabbit, turkey, and llama. Legumes, nuts, and dairy are also a great source of protein if you’re not sensitive to them. Proteins are the building blocks of our bodies, so enjoy.

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