Eating a high-protein diet may sound simple, but what exactly does it mean? Below are 10 suggestions for high-protein ingredients you can use to prepare meals.
1. Dishes with chicken and turkey
Animal products are full of protein. Poultry is often popular with sportspeople, because it is easy to cook, as well as being lean and versatile.
2. Sliced roast beef, cuts of beef or minced beef
Beef, too, is full of protein. However, hamburgers or dishes made with minced beef are also full of calories. So, when preparing dishes using sliced roast beef, cuts of beef or minced beef, make sure you choose the low-fat options.
3. Dishes with lean fish
Oily fish is of course very tasty and healthy, but if you want to keep it lean, choose haddock, pollock or cod.
Eggs are a no-brainer, and of course are very easy to incorporate in a high-protein breakfast or main meal. For example, you can make banana pancakes, with or without the yolk, or give your salad a finishing touch by adding an egg.
Pulses (such as lentils, peas and beans) are full of vegetable proteins. They are healthy and can be used in a variety of dishes.
6. Sprouting vegetables
Sprouting vegetables such as beansprouts and watercress are a very easy way to get more protein and vitamins. For example, you could add some bean sprouts to an oriental stir-fry.
7. Broccoli and Brussel sprouts
Vegetables such as broccoli and Brussel sprouts are also full of protein. They can be eaten in a stir-fried dish, with peanuts or nuts.
Quinoa and buckwheat are semi-grains, full of protein and contain hardly any fat. Why not try a Mediterranean stew or salad with quinoa?
9. Cottage cheese
Cottage cheese is extremely high in protein and delicious when added to a salad.
10. Low-fat curd cheese
Low-fat curd cheese is full of protein. Eat it with fruit, honey and some nuts, or on its own! Okay, not as your main meal, but it’s fabulous for dessert.