10 Simple Ways to Include More Protein in Your Diet

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Adding protein to your diet will help you lose weight. This is because protein helps you to fill fuller for longer periods of time. These ideas will help you think outside and get creative with adding protein to your diet.

Use Quinoa

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Quinoa is a delightful substitute for rice and pasta. It is protein packed and is delicious to use with any meal. Heat up Quinoa instead of oatmeal for a protein packed breakfast.  Grind it up to use as a substitute for flour in cookies. Add cooked quinoa to pancake batter for extra flavor and added protein. Instead of using tapioca or rice in pudding try quinoa instead.  You can use to make burgers, in salads, soups, and sauces. Use it as a substitute for rice in a stir-fry for a wonderful new flavor.

Add Beans

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Beans are packed with calcium, iron, potassium, B vitamins, and have about a quarter of the protein that is recommended for adults. They can also help to lower bad cholesterol and help in heart health. These are a powerful super food that can be easily incorporated into any diet. Beans will help add extra flavor to any dish and they are quite versatile.  Use beans as a meat substitute in burgers or pizza. They can also be used in burritos, soups, stir-fry, tacos, and many other recipes. Canned or fresh, beans are a perfect way to add protein to your diet.

Incorporate Protein Powder

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Protein powder is probably the simplest way to supplement protein into your diet. Use it in muffins to add up to 10 grams of protein for a great post workout snack. Make your morning pancakes more filling by adding a scoop to the batter. Use it in pudding and smoothies for extra protein. If you are making a cake swap out half the flour for protein powder, but add an extra ½ cup water. Vegans can even use a plant-based powder like rice, soy, or hemp.

Think Green

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Avocados have tons of protein and are high in monounsaturated fatty acids which will help your belly to lose fat. They can also help to reduce the signs of aging, help regulate your blood sugar, and even improve eye health. You can replace butter with avocados, eat them on their own, or add them to your favorite sandwich. Use it on toast with some goat cheese and chili flakes. Bake an egg in the avocado for a delicious quick breakfast. Use it in a smoothie with honey, yogurt, and bananas to eat on the go.

Chia…Chia…Chia

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Chia seeds help to add flavor and crunch to any meal. These little seeds have 11 grams of protein in a two tablespoon serving. They have a high fiber and protein content that will also help with weight loss. Use them in muffins, cakes, or even pudding to get that extra protein in your diet.  Use one tablespoon of ground chia seeds with three tablespoons of water for a great egg substitute in baking recipes. Instead of using flour or cornstarch to thicken your soup or gravy, use chia seeds.  Substitute chia seeds for breadcrumbs in your meatballs or meat loaf. Or use them as a tasty, crunchy breading on fish and chicken.