When you’re trying to get enough protein in your day, it can feel like all you’re doing is EATING. I mean, it sounds like a dream – chicken wings 24-7! Unfortunately, that’s not exactly a sustainable diet plan. Luckily, there are lots of ways to add protein to your life that won’t give you the meat sweats.
Swap Your Usual Toast For Sprouted Grain Toast
Bread is bread, right? Well, you would think so, but you would be wrong. Sprouting grains boosts their nutritional content quite a bit. You get more vitamins, more minerals, it’s easier to digest, AND you get more protein – up to 50% more! Depending on the brand of sprouted grain bread you choose, 2 slices can get you up to 15 g of protein! Top it with nut butter, eggs, or even some hummus, and you’ve got yourself a protein-rich meal.
Swap Your Mayo For Hummus!
While we’re on the subject of everyone’s favorite dip, did you know you can use it as a sandwich spread? It adds flavor and a few extra grams of protein – 2 per tablespoon – to your lunchtime sub.
Swap Your Lettuce For Spinach
That’s right – Popeye was on to something. Every (cooked) cup of spinach has as much protein as an egg! So, if you’re making a salad for lunch, or just adding a leafy green to your sandwich, reach for the spinach instead of the lettuce. You’ll be strong to the finish!
Use Greek Yogurt In Place Of Sour Cream
Greek yogurt isn’t just for your breakfast anymore. If you’re having Taco Tuesday, or making a dip for the big game, using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream can get you 5 TIMES THE PROTEIN! Just make sure you don’t choose a sweetened or flavored variety. Nobody needs Strawberry French Onion Dip.
Choose Quinoa Over Rice For A Protein-Rich Meal
Rice-A-Roni may be the San Francisco Treat but, to be fair, San Francisco probably hadn’t heard of quinoa when that tagline was created. Whether you’re making burritos or stir fry or even homemade sushi, you can double your protein intake by swapping your rice out for quinoa.
And – as a bonus – quinoa is a complete protein, which means you get all your essential amino acids from quinoa alone. Rice needs to be paired with legumes in order to be considered complete.
Add Some Lentils In Your Life
Lentils are SURPRISINGLY high in protein. One cup of cooked lentils boasts nearly 20 grams of the good stuff! And you don’t just have to save them for soup, either. Toss a few on a salad, or mix them in with your meat dishes. You’ll get a bonus hit of fiber, too.
Swap Your Potato For Its Sweeter Cousin
Did you know that sweet potatoes are a source of protein? You can get 4 grams from just 1 cup of baked sweet potato. So, if you were looking for a quick, easy, delicious meal, you could bake up a sweet potato, cook some lentils in taco seasoning, and top the lot with salsa, spinach, and a dollop of Greek yogurt.
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