Trying to up the protein in your diet? It doesn’t have to be all eggs and chicken breasts.
Eggs are the poster child for protein — you need only look at a CrossFitters diet, where it’s not uncommon for women like Julia Foucher to eat four eggs a day! And the reputation is well-earned: A single hard-boiled egg packs six grams of protein, all in a convenient, portable package.
What the little white orbs don’t deserve is a monopoly on your protein intake – there are other equally delicious ways to load up on the muscle-building nutrient. In fact, these five veggie foods all have more protein than an egg!
Just 55g of this snack houses 15 grams of protein, along with a sizable dose of fibre and potassium. It’s the perfect ingredient to include in a homemade trail mix.
When it comes to protein, plain non-fat Greek yogurt knocks it out of the park: Those little plastic cups contain 17 grams of protein for only 420 kilojoules.
Fish aren’t the only ocean fare packed with protein: Just two tablespoons of this dried superfood contain an amazing eight grams of protein — all for just 170 kilojoules.
Hint: Try sprinkling spirulina over a salad, or use it to season roasted vegetables.
Just 30 grams of Gruyere — a deliciously rich variety of Swiss cheese — has more than eight grams of protein. Just watch your portions, though: While a 30g serving contains 500 kilojoules or so, it can be easy to consume several portions if you aren’t careful.
Dried Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds may be best known for their magnesium, but they’re also a rich source of protein: 10 grams in every 55.
Looking for more ways to up your protein? Make these easy protein balls (they make a delicious snack).
This article was originally published on womenshealth.com