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Top Protein Foods

Tired of chicken for dinner? These 11 foods pack a major protein punch
4. 1% COTTAGE CHEESE

Why we chose it: Since protein helps prevent spikes and crashes in blood sugar. It’s a VIP at snack-time—it is a much higher source of protein than regular style yogurt. It’s also a different texture than yogurt, so it gives variety in its uses. Grams of protein: 21 grams of protein per 6 ounces (vs. 10 grams for a cup of regular, non-Greek yogurt). Tip: Top 1% cottage cheese with a sliced banana and sliced almonds for a work-friendly snack that doesn’t come from a vending machine.

 

5. QUINOA

Why we chose it: Whole grain sources of carbohydrate provide fiber and B vitamins (which your body needs in order to use food for energy) — why not choose one that also packs a protein punch? Grams of protein: 8g per cup (cooked) Tip: Skip the sugary, processed breakfast cereals and opt for quinoa with skim milk, blueberries, walnuts and a little maple syrup.

 

6. PART SKIM RICOTTA CHEESE

Why we chose it: The versatile texture, neutral flavor and beefed up calcium count (over a third of your daily needs) turn this “stuffed shells staple” into a fridge regular. A lot of people don’t think of this as a common protein source, and it pairs well with other non-protein sources with the ease of not having to cook something like meat, poultry or fish. Grams of protein: 14g per 1/2 cup Tip: Spread on whole grain frozen waffles and top with fruit and cinnamon for a filling breakfast in under 5 minutes.

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