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Myth Buster: Some of the Best Protein Sources are Meat Free

| by Mitzi Dulan

We’ve all heard that including protein at every meal is one of the keys to lasting weight loss, keeping you fuller and less likely to reach for junk food. But if you think the only way to load up on protein is the classic meat-and-potatoes type dinner, you’ll be happy to hear that you actually have lots of options. Try one of these 3 nutritious gems for a protein boost to your meals and snacks.

1. Greek yogurt, or strained yogurt, is a thicker, creamier version of traditional yogurt, and is known for having significantly higher protein.  It’s also lower in sugar/carbohydrates  as well as sodium (as much as fifty percent less!)  Its thick texture means that its often better than traditional yogurt for making dips, sauces or baked goods. Try it for your morning fruit and yogurt parfait for a delish creamy alternative.

2. Beans and lentils are no longer thought of as just for vegetarians and vegans, they are a great protein choice as an alternative to the standard meat choice at meals. Black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils can be added to most soups, pastas, salads, and even mashed for a quesadilla filling!

3. Quinoa is perhaps one of the most popular “super foods” as of late, and for good reason! This delightfully chewy grain is touted for being a complete protein source with all of the essential amino acids. Swap it for rice under a stir-fry, or just enjoy some roasted vegetables on top!

Check out my previous blog post #9. Top Ways to Lose Weight- Eat your protein at every meal!

What about you? Have you tried any of these?  What are your favourite sources of protein for meals and snacks?