Intelligent and proper protein intake is undoubtedly the most important factor when it comes to training and exercise. But what exactly to eat is the question? There are many nutritional products that deliver a high protein percentage but some can taste very artificial so what is the tastiest option to go with? Here's a list of some top tasty treats for all your protein needs...
Believe it or not, this old classic is actually quite a healthy option. On average, one ounce of Beef Jerky contains around 70 calories and about one gram of fat, but delivers a hefty 11 grams of protein. However, watch out brands sold in corner shops and petrol stations are more often than not high in salt. So if you like beef jerky to be one of your high-protein snacks, look for better versions in health food stores.
One egg white has only 15 calories, it is a fat and cholesterol free food which contains four grams of protein. Throw two or three in a pan of boiling water, scoop out the yolk and add some humus with cayenne pepper for a tasty snack.
Tuna is a fantastic source of protein with approximately 25 grams per can plus one can of tuna only contains in the region of 111 calories and is totally fat-free. It is also full of essential oils like omega 3 and vitamin A. For an appetizer or snack, spread tuna on top of a small toasted bagel, diced tomatoes with cheese and bake until cheese is melted.
Like beef jerky there are some things that often are seen as 'bad' but are simply misunderstood. One tablespoon of peanut butter contains about four grams of protein, eight grams of fat and around 95 calories though still a low GI and high in vitamin E. For an energy boosting snack, spread it on a slice of whole-wheat bread and top it with banana slices or add to celery and top with raisins. Peanut butter can be used for a sweet treat or as part of a square meal.
Often Cottage Cheese is described as one of the best protein building foods, but Cottage cheese isn't exactly appetising so Greek yoghurt is a tastier alternative. Greek Yoghurt holds in a 150gram serving around 11grams of protein and around 130 calories and so you diet is consisting of mainly basics it's nice to have something a bit special. You can mix and match more with Greek Yoghurt as well, so if you thinking about how you can find another way to consume fruits/nuts add some Yoghurt. Another added feature is that it is a good source of calcium.
Most dairy products are high in protein but hard cheeses have the highest protein content, soft cheeses are have more polyunsaturated fats in them. Add grated hard cheese to dips, pasta, salads, and sandwiches or just by its self for a quick protein increase. Adding hard cheeses to bean dips give you a double dose of protein in one snack so try and keep that in mind.
For the fancy pants inside of all of us a bit of smoked salmon is another good little source of protein. In a typical serving of around 159grams there is very little fat and very few calories and whopping 32grams of protein. Again adding a bit of black pepper on a toasted bagel can create a nice light protein filled snack.
Now you may never have heard of Quinoa- 'Qin-wah' but if protein is your thing then you should, it comes from South America and is a good replacement for rice or couscous. It offers 24grams of protein per 170 grams though very high in calories very few of them are fat related. This is also a great idea for if you have cut out meat but still trying to meet your protein needs.
Like Quinoa this might be something new to you, originally from Indonesia it has a very high proportion of protein, iron and omega 6. It is similar to tofu but don't let that put you off, it can be very tasty and is a lot more versatile, there are many different recipes and methods of how to cook it. With 31 grams of protein per 166grams its worth a go plus it is something totally different making it a bit of a talking point.