12 Great Easy High Protein Foods
Protein is a life sustaining macro nutrient composed of essential and non-essential amino acids required for the proper growth and function of the human body. Our bodies can manufacture several of the amino acids required for protein production, but it cannot produce the essential amino acids. These need to be obtained from an animal source or combined vegetable sources, or both.
The easiest way is through animal protein because they contain ALL of the essential amino acids. If you are a vegetarian, then you will have to eat variety of plant foods to achieve the same result.
How much protein do we need to eat each day? There is considerable debate on this subject, but a good rule of thumb is to eat .5 gram of protein for each pound of body weight. If you are more active or doing bodybuilding, then increasing your protein intake might be necessary. Eating too much doesn’t do more because your body can only process so much protein at once. It’s best to eat it throughout the day. Not getting enough protein can lead to muscle atrophy, and impaired functioning of the human body in general.
What are some easy high protein foods to eat?
- Whey protein powder, 1 scoop = 15-23 grams (varies)
- Cheese, a 2 ounce slice = 18 grams
- Chicken breast = 17 grams
- Eggs, 2 large = 12 grams
- Beef, 6 ounces = 38 grams
- Pork chop, 5 ounces = 33 grams
- Black beans, 1 cup = 15 grams
- Tofu, 3 ounces = 6 grams
- Milk, 1 cup = 14 grams
- Peanuts, 1 ounce = 7 grams
- Almonds, 1 ounce = 6 grams
- Fish, a 3 ounce fillet = 22 grams
Make sure to get the proper amount of healthy protein your body needs each day!