Identifying High Protein Foods

by Karen Bates
(last updated September 7, 2015)

Protein is an important part of your diet. It gives you energy and helps you to stay strong and healthy. At the same time, though, you don't want to consume too much. It is important to learn what your body needs and adjust your diet accordingly.

If you are trying to get more protein in your diet, it is important to identify sources that are high in protein so that you know which foods to eat more of. Knowing which foods have protein can help you make wise decisions when it comes to meals and snacks, and can help you live a healthier life.

  • An obvious option for adding more protein to your diet is to eat more meat. There are, however, some meats that are better than others. Fish is a great way to get protein because it is lower in fat than other types of meat. Chicken is another meat that offers low-fat protein. You can also eat red meats, but remember that these will be higher in fat and should be eaten less often. Because meats are high in protein doesn't make them healthy in all cases, though. It's all about how they are prepared. Choose grilled meats over fried when possible to reduce your fat intake.
  • Eggs and dairy are a good way to eat more protein. Eggs, milk and cheese are convenient to eat and taste great—just be careful of fat content and cholesterol (if you are trying to reduce your intake). If you need more protein, it's easy to sprinkle cheese on a salad or scramble up an egg. Some people are lactose intolerant or allergic to eggs or dairy, so they will need to find another main protein source.
  • For vegetarians, vegans, or people trying to cut down on meat consumption, there are plenty of high-protein food options. Believe it or not, it can be easy to get the protein you need from non-meat foods. Nuts (although high in fat) are a great way to get protein and can be used in many ways, either in recipes or as a snack. Soy products, like soy milk, soy beans, or tofu, are excellent ways to consume more protein. Also try eating more beans—they are versatile and delicious in many meals.

Getting the protein you need can be easy, and there are a variety of ways you can eat the amount you need. Remember which foods are high in protein, and you will be able to make good food decisions all day long.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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