Why we chose it: It’s obvious that beef is packed with protein, but grass-fed beef has the extra bonus of having a healthier fat profile than corn-fed beef (Read: less of the bad cholesterol raising types of saturated fat and more unsaturated fats like heart healthy omega 3s, and conjugated linoleic acids (CLAs, which may help boost muscle and decrease body fat.) Grams of protein: 28g per 4 ounce serving Tip: Many restaurants and grocers are now offering grass-fed beef, but if you can’t find it near you, try this great company online called U.S Wellness Meats.
Why we chose it: Convenience and nutrition — it takes about 10 minutes to get from frozen shrimp to a delicious meal. And with less than 1 gram of saturated fat and 60 calories per 3 ounces and lots of important vitamins and minerals like vitamin B12, D, and selenium, this source of protein is lean and mean (in a good way...). Grams of protein: 12g per 3 oz Tip: Thaw frozen shrimp under cold running water, then sauté it in olive oil, garlic, halved grape tomatoes, and fresh basil, then toss with whole wheat pasta and top with parmesan cheese for a hearty post-workout dinner that’s ready in 15 minutes. Want something even faster? Microwave thawed shrimp with olive oil and chopped garlic for 4 minutes on high. Serve with a bag of steam-in-the-bag snow peas and microwave brown rice.
9. PRE-COOKED CHICKEN SAUSAGE
Why we chose it: You get all the flavor that you love about sausage but with one third of the unhealthy saturated fats (and only 120 - 140 calories!). Grams of protein: 17g per link Tip: Sauté sliced onions and pepper in olive oil, then mix in a sliced chicken sausage and eat in a whole wheat hot dog bun. It’s quick, easy, protein packed and feels like you shouldn’t be eating it!