20 High-Protein Recipes That Fill You Up
We’ve all heard the stories of body builders eating extreme amounts of protein to build muscle. But protein is an essential part of your diet, even if you aren’t looking to bulk up. To ensure you’re getting enough, try one of these high-protein recipes.
The Protein 411
Protein helps to maintain lean muscle, grow and repair all cells in your body, and regulate your appetite, according to Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, the author of Belly Fat Diet for Dummies. On average, active women need about half a gram of protein per pound of body weight every day (so an active 140-pound woman would need 70 grams of protein). One way to meet this goal is to include a source of protein at every meal. A high-protein meal would have 25 percent of its calories coming from protein.
Plant-Based Protein: Beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, quinoa, amaranth
Animal Protein: Eggs, low-fat dairy, white meat poultry, lean beef, pork loin, fish
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