Protein rich foods are a must in my household. Not only do I personally look for foods that will keep me full throughout the day, my husband Joe relies on them. As someone who leads a very active lifestyle, Joe needs extra protein for his intense workouts and recovery. And while he always has protein powder on hand, eating high protein foods is his favorite way to stay fueled by far. His focus on protein has certainly made me more conscious of the choices I make. Small changes can make a huge difference in how fast I get hungry after eating. It isn’t always as simple as how much I eat, but rather what I eat that determines how well my meal sticks with me. Have you ever wondered how to add more protein to your diet?
Here are tasty ways to add more protein to your diet:
Load up on lean meats. Try extra lean ground beef (95% lean), ground sirloin, roast beef, turkey breast and pork loin. Chicken breast gives you 24 grams of protein in a 3 oz serving, about the size of two chicken tenderloins.
Dairy can do a body good. Greek yogurt has a whopping 23 grams of protein in an 8oz serving while cottage cheese offers up 14 grams in a 1/2 cup serving. Don’t forget the eggs and cheese. Did you know Parmesan cheese has 10 grams of protein in a 1 oz serving? (If milk doesn’t sit well you, give soy milk a try.)
Eat your greens. Vegetables like broccoli, peas and avocado are great sources of protein. Edamame (young soybeans) are an easy frozen food option with 8 grams of protein in a 1/2 cup serving.
Fish are our friends. Fish like salmon, tuna, halibut and tilapia have over 20 grams of protein per serving.
Swap out grains. Quinoa is a great substitute for rice and pasta side dishes that packs a punch with 8 grams of protein per serving. Japanese soba noodles come in at 12 grams per serving while black bean pasta has 25 grams of protein!
Other protein rich foods include: beans, nuts, jerky, peanut butter, smoothies and tofu.
I was recently asked by Pinnacle Foods Group LLC give a new high protein product a try. I headed out to my local Walmart to find Birds Eye® Protein Blends products to pair up with some upcoming meals.
Birds Eye® Protein Blends products really are a perfect pairing with virtually any dish and an easy way to eat more vegetables. They are offered in the following flavors:
- Southwest Style
- California Style
- Italian Style
- Asian Style
I can’t always get to the store, so I really appreciate products that I can keep in my freezer for when it is convenient. Plus, I can steam right in the bag for minimal effort and cleanup. I decided to pick up the California Style and Southwest Style varieties.
I first tried the California Style which offers a blend of whole grains, lentils, peas, broccoli, shelled edamame, and sauce with 13 grams of protein per serving. I knew it would pair well with my Paremesan crusted chicken tenderloins and it didn’t disappoint. I was pleasantly surprised by the subtle, but delicious flavor of the sauce and loved the combination of ingredients. The Birds Eye® Protein Blends was something different and a step up from traditional frozen vegetable products. I would definitely buy this again.
Next up I can’t wait to try the Southwest Style with fajitas. I know it will be a great addition as a side or as a topping!
What are your favorite high protein foods?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pinnacle Foods Group LLC. The opinions and texts are all mine.