Protein: it’s what’s for dinner—and breakfast and lunch. Instead of relying on old favorites like chicken and powders (which are great), add a little excitement and variety to your meal. Willow Jarosh MS, RD and Stephanie Clarke MS, RD, registered dietitians and co-owners of C&J Nutrition in NYC & DC, share their top protein food picks. Your taste buds will thank you. 1. HEMP SEEDS
Why we chose it: Double whammy nutrition power of omega 3s and protein. Grams of protein: 13g per 1/4 cup Tip: Sprinkle onto salads—the fat will help you better absorb the nutrients from dark leafy greens and other veggies in addition to adding a nice crunchy texture and flavor.
Why we chose it: This plant-based protein source provides an all-in-one balance of protein, carbohydrates, and unsaturated fat. Grams of protein: 8g per cup (in the pod) Tip: Opt for the pre-cooked frozen versions that are still in the pod (like you get with sushi). Put a handful or two in a resealable bag, toss in your briefcase, and it’ll be thawed and ready to eat by snack-time.
3. 0% PLAIN GREEK YOGURT
Why we chose it: Versatility. We use this stuff in place of sour cream, to thicken soups, in smoothies, on bagels with lox. Basically, there isn’t really anything you CAN’T put it on! Grams of protein: 18g per 6-ounce container (or 24g per cup) Tip: Instead of sugar-loaded pancake toppings, opt for 0% plain Greek yogurt with fruit, nuts, and a small drizzle of maple syrup to add some protein to a typically carb-heavy meal.