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Healthy Sources of Protein That Last

By Sara Butler

Remember the last time you stocked up on meat when your store was having a great sale, only to throw half of it out because it went bad? It happens. But if you're careful about the proteins you buy, then that scenario can be a thing of the past. That's because there are a lot of protein sources that can last forever in your refrigerator. Here are a few you may want to consider.

Tempeh

Tempeh is a soy product that is created out of fermented soybeans. It's a great source of plant-based protein and happens to be a good source of B12, a vitamin that many vegans and vegetarians need more of. But you don't need to be vegan or vegetarian to enjoy tempeh. And it can last in your refrigerator in its package for 10 days.

Eggs

Eggs are inexpensive, easy to find, and also a great source of a seriously quality protein. One large egg can provide you with over 6 grams of protein as well as other important vitamins and minerals -- all for only about 70 calories.

Eggs can last in the shell for three to five weeks. If you hard boil them, then you have about a week to gobble them up.

Tofu

Tofu is a curd made from soybeans that's really easy to find about everywhere in the U.S. It's a great source of protein as well as many vitamins and minerals. Plus, it tends to absorb the flavors of whatever you're cooking it with, so it's a great choice for just about any dish.

If you keep tofu in its original container, it can last for one week in your refrigerator.

Legumes

Chickpeas, beans, lentils, and peas are all legumes. They're also all a great source of protein, fiber, iron, and Vitamin B. You can keep dried legumes for up to 12 months in a cool, dark place, but once you cook them you have about seven days to enjoy them.

Yogurt

You know about yogurt! This fermented dairy product is a great source of protein and calcium. It also is full of probiotics that help to keep the bacteria in your gut happy and healthy. Add on the fact that yogurt consumption is linked to a decreased risk of many chronic diseases, such as obesity and heart disease, and there's no reason why you shouldn't keep some yogurt on hand!

You can keep yogurt for up to one month in its original packaging.

Plant-based protein is good for you and it can stay good for while in the refrigerator, Give them a try!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fontana, Calif.

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