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3 Ways to Get More Protein Without Adding More Meat

By Genevieve Cunningham

Protein has been a staple of a healthy diet for years and years now. It seems as though it is at the root of quite a bit of fitness advice. Want to build muscle? Eat protein! Want to burn more fat? Eat protein! Want to gain energy and strength? You guessed it; eat protein! While this advice seems easy enough, it can be a bit difficult for some. When most of us think of protein, we imagine meat. Meat is an excellent and delicious way to get enough of the good stuff, and yet, sometimes it can seem like that’s all we ever get to eat! If you’d like to get a little more protein without adding more meat to your diet, check out these three other forms of healthy protein.

Nuts

Walnuts, peanuts, almonds, cashews ... take your pick! Nuts are an excellent form of protein which can be easily added to any diet. Add nuts to a salad as a topping. Use a handful for a nice healthy snack. You can put nuts in a trail mix or add them to your favorite dessert. Even using a nut-based spread such as peanut butter or almond butter is an excellent way to add nuts and protein to your diet.

Eggs

Eggs are another easy way to get more protein in your diet. The versatility of this food makes it especially useful for gaining a bit of protein in a healthy way. You can, quite obviously, add eggs to your breakfast. Other than breakfast, eggs can be boiled and used as a snack, added to a salad or sandwich, or even used as a main dish in your dinner options. Fried, scrambled, boiled, or even poached, eggs make an excellent addition to a healthy protein filled diet.

Beans

The great thing about beans is that they can help to fill you up. This is definitely a protein option that will keep you satisfied. Beans make a great side for almost any lunch or dinner option, and most beans are relatively low calorie. Besides using them as a side, beans also make an excellent main course. Beans and rice, beans and cornbread, or beans and steamy vegetables all make great dinner options that are packed with healthy nutrients and plenty of protein.

Getting protein in your diet is easy as long as you know which healthy foods to add. Use these foods as a guide, and keep your menu diverse. Protein brings some powerful benefits, so by adding a little more, you may find better health and wellness as a result. 

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

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