Are You Overlooking These Easy Protein Sources?
By Sara Butler
Protein is an important ingredient in a healthy diet but finding easy access and convenient forms of it that are healthy can be difficult. Canned tuna is a classic form of easy-to-find protein, but it's lost some popularity over the last few years. If you're looking for a few easy to find and easy to prepare sources of protein in your diet, then you need to find out more about these protein powerhouses.
Lentils are easy to find in the bulk section of the store, but did you know you can find ready-to-eat lentils in the produce section of most supermarkets? Take a look next time you're there!
Lentils are an excellent source of protein, providing about 18 grams in just one cup. They also happen to provide you with about 60 percent of your daily fiber needs in that same cup along with delivering many antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins your body needs to be healthy.
The lesson to be learned here is to not forget about the lentils!
Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make and to transport and now, thanks to the wonders of modern food packaging. You can buy them in the store already cooked and ready to eat. One whole hard-boiled egg has about 6 grams of protein. The yolk also provides you with zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, iron, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and calcium. It's nearly the perfect protein snack.
Yogurt is easy to find and easy to take with you on the go, but getting Greek yogurt instead of the regular type can add more protein to your day too. One container of Greek yogurt can provide you with between 10 and 14 grams of protein. The only thing you need to be on the lookout for is added sugars since yogurt is notorious for looking as if it's a healthy option when it really has enough added sugar to give candy a run for its money. Your best bet is to buy plain Greek yogurt and jazz it up with your own add-ins such as maple syrup, seeds, nuts, and fresh fruit. If you don't want something sweet, then make your yogurt savory with a bit of dill, sea salt, or red wine vinegar that you use as a dip for your favorite vegetables.
Protein should be the cornerstone of any healthy diet, so always look for ways to fit it in!
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