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7 Protein-Packed Foods

Whether your focus is on weight gain or weight loss, getting enough protein in your diet is just as important as hitting the gym.

Our bodies use protein to build and repair tissues, boost metabolism, and increase energy and hormone levels. Getting protein to give you enough amino acids, the building blocks of our lives, doesn't have to stress you out. There are plenty of delicious and protein-packed foods for you to choose from! Take a look at these 7 high protein foods you can easily cook or take with you on-the-go:

1. Nuts

Peanuts, pistachios, almonds, you name it. All of these contain high amounts of protein and are easy on-the-go snacks. Thankfully this means peanut butter is also included. However, make sure to research the brand’s nutritional information because many contain high fructose corn syrup and unhealthy oils. Make a healthy decision by shooting for the ones that refrain from using these.

2. Eggs

With about 6 grams per 1 large egg, they prove to be a jam-packed protein source. Perhaps the best quality about eggs is how versatile they are! You can incorporate them into any meal for added protein.

3. Tempeh

Made from soybeans, tempeh provides you with about 16 grams of protein per half-cup. It holds about 50% more protein than tofu, making it a better choice when trying to reach your daily recommended protein amount. This is an especially useful food for vegans and vegetarians who may struggle at getting enough protein in their diet.

4. Greek Yogurt

It’s high in protein with about 17-20 grams per serving. Make sure to keep an eye on the calories though. Greek yogurt tends to be high in calories, so try to aim for one with no sugar added. Add some fruit and granola to your Greek yogurt, and you’ve got a delicious protein-filled breakfast (and a healthy start to your day).

5. Fish

When it comes to fish, you can’t go wrong. Halibut, tuna, salmon and tilapia are all excellent sources of protein, each containing at least 22 grams per 3 oz serving. Depending on what type of fish you’re eating, they’re usually inexpensive.

6. Quinoa

It currently ranks as one of the world’s most popular superfoods, and its no wonder why. Quinoa is high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. For vegans and vegetarians, it is an easy go-to for getting protein without the animal source.

7. Turkey breast

Now for the meat lovers. Turkey breast provides you with 27 grams of protein per 1 lb. A good way to avoid the fat normally associated with turkey is to remove the skin, which also reduces calories.

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