As experts continue to suggest that we need more protein in our diets, it becomes tough to find a variety of protein-rich foods that you and your family enjoy. However, these foods are great when eaten on their own or as part of meals!
Milk: Of course, we love milk at any meal or on its own as a protein-packed snack. With eight ounces of protein per eight-ounce glass, that’s one gram of protein per ounce. Whether whole or fat free, milk delivers the complete proteins your body needs.
Chicken or lean red meat: It doesn’t just have to be for dinner! Chicken has eight grams of protein per ounce, while beef has seven grams of protein per ounce. Bake up a few chicken breasts or thighs at the start of the week, then add them to breakfast, munch them cold in the morning with some salsa and avocado, or chop and scatter on top of leafy green salads. Lean beef can also make a great add-on for salads with quinoa, or sliced thinly in a stir-fry.
Fish: Lean and healthy fish are a great way to get the protein you need! Salmon, tuna and halibut all have 22 grams of protein in every three ounces. Add fillets to salads or cook up some fillets as your main protein at dinnertime!
Eggs: It’s hard to go wrong with 6 grams of protein per egg! Poach in simmering water for a healthier way to prepare them at breakfast, or add them to salads for a more filling, satisfying lunch or dinner.
Oats: There are 13 grams of protein in half a cup of oats—so enjoy them at breakfast as oatmeal, or use a recipe to make your own granola bars with nuts and dried fruit. As a bonus, you can crumble those homemade bars into a bowl and top with milk for some homemade cereal!
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