What is an Easy Way to Eat Protein?

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Many readers are not sure how to increase protein in their diet. As mentioned in previous posts, a diet with increased protein and decreased carbohydrates is one of the first steps to losing weight.  Many readers will exclaim that increasing protein in the diet seems like a chore that requires extra time with cooking of meat, in comparison to the easy, carbohydrate-laden meal of simply opening up a package.  Usually, protein is thought to be only an animal product, such as pork, beef, chicken, or sea food.  These meat products generally require a bit more cooking and preparation to be consumed. However, protein is available in a variety of plant and animal products that require little to no time or preparation other than to buy them at your local grocery store.

Foods that require little preparation and are a good source of protein:

  • Tuna cans/packets
  • Beef Jerky
  • Deli Meats
  • Sliced Deli Cheese
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Greek Yogurt *11 g of protein or higher
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Chickpeas/garbanzo beans
  • Edamame
  • Tofu
  • Peanut Butter
  • Protein Bars
  • Protein Shakes

Each of these products can be eaten alone or added to another meal.  Salad may at times be considered the most boring of all meals, but toss in chickpeas, a can of shredded tuna, sprinkled with cheese and a spoonful of nuts, the meal can get quite interesting and packs a punch of protein!  Again, the key here, as with any food product is moderation. Be sure to read the serving size of each product, such as only 2 slices of beef jerky as a snack or 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt.  While some of these options can fall under the category as snacks, they are still a better protein alternative to a carbohydrate options of pretzels, cereal, or chips.

Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

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