We all know how vital protein is for the overall health of our families, however, sometimes it can be hard, especially if you have picky eaters and children who do not like meat. Here is a great list of protein sources that will help take the guess work out of what to serve.
1. Beans: Not only are they packed with protein, they contain an abundance of antioxidants and fiber as well. 1 cup of beans contains approximately 50% of the daily amount of fiber needed for the day, which is something that traditional meat sources cannot offer.
2. Greek Yogurt: A single serving of Greek yogurt contains the same amount of protein as 3oz. of lean meat. In addition to that, Greek yogurt makes an excellent substitute for traditional yogurt since it has more protein, is lower in fat, and many lack the sugars and chemicals that more traditional varieties have.
3. Grass Fed Beef: It is lower in saturated fat than grain fed beef and is high in protein. Grass Fed Beef contains higher amounts of omega-3’s, calcium, and magnesium than the traditional beef.
4. Quinoa: This has long been a staple of vegetarians since it is a great meat alternative for protein intake. It is a complete protein since it contains vitamins and minerals as well as omega 3 fatty acids. It is also gluten free which is another reason why this has become so popular over the years.
5. Almonds: While they contain the same amount of protein as other varieties of nuts, almonds are less toxic and allergenic which makes them a favorite of many. A handful of almonds will help give you that mid afternoon pick me up.
6. Tempeh: Though it is fermented, tempeh is chewy, delicious and full of protein. It is also much healthier than tofu which is heavily processed.
7. White Meat Poultry: White meat is leaner and healthier than dark meat, but it still contains a lot of protein.