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1. Go Lean
Sure, double-cheeseburgers have loads of protein, but theyre also full of fat. Its important to be sure youre choosing lean protein, protein thats labeled as 85% lean. If youre not sure, ask the person behind the meat counter for assistance.
2. Go Greek!
Did you know that one serving (cup) of low-fat Greek yoghurt is an excellent source of protein? That one serving contains twice as much protein as regular yoghurt, so if youre wondering how to eat more protein, switch from regular to Greek yoghurt. Yum!
3. Top a Salad with Beans
Chick peas, black beans, kidney beans all of these are excellent sources of protein, and they make great salad toppings. Theyre also inexpensive, easy to find, and theyre perfect for vegetarians, who choose to get their protein from non-animal sources.
4. Grill It
Dont ruin your lean protein by deep-frying it! Bake it or grill it instead. I use plain salt and ground black pepper, but there are lots of marvelous marinades and seasoning mixes you can use to spice up your fish or chicken before you grill it.
5. Use a Supplement
I keep a CLIF bar in my bag for meal-replacement emergencies, or for an attack of the munchies. Theyre an excellent source of protein, as are shakes and drinks. Be aware, though, that some can also contain a fair amount of sugar check the labels to make sure youre getting the protein without the added sugar.
6. Try Something New
We tend to be creatures of habit, especially when it comes to food, so if youre wondering how to eat more protein, maybe its time to think outside the bird or the fish or the bean. Try pork, or lean beef, or turkey, or quinoa
7. Peaky Sammich
Whats a peaky sammich, you ask? When my daughter was little, thats how shed pronounce peanut butter sandwich, and it stuck. While some peanut butters can be high in fat and sugar, some organic varieties are a great way to get protein. Again, check the labels to make sure youre not trading protein for fat and sugar, and spread a little on a piece of whole grain bread yum! Or, of course, you can munch a handful of dry-roasted peanuts with a little sea salt as a snack but that doesnt sound nearly as cute as peaky sammich.