I never got good at downing protein shakes. I’ve tried turning them into thick little shots of protein, I’ve tried watering them down even more, and I’ve tried dazzling them up with kale and strawberries and a ton of other fruity, sugary combos. Still, there’s that chalky, concentrated-protein aftertaste that makes me, sometimes literally, gag. If you’re sick of plain old vanilla and chocolate protein shakes, try these high-protein snacks next time you finish up your workout:
This stuff is all the rage these days, and for good reason – it’s an awesome source of protein. Just 6 ounces of yogurt can contain up to 17 to 20 grams of protein. According to scientific studies, that’s more than enough to upstart protein synthesis. Add some fruit for a sweet twist and granola for much-needed fiber that will also fill you up faster.
Vegans are obsessed with lentils because they’re a protein-packed alternative to meat. They’re also cheap as hell and packed with protein – there’s up to 18 grams of protein in one cup of cooked lentils. Lentils make for great soups and chili. Make some in bulk and freeze individualized packs for easy-to-reheat meals.
Hemp’s not just for smoking. Turns out it’s a certifiably nutrient-packed superfood. Hemp’s a great source of protein, but it also has all of the essential amino acids you need to build muscle, fiber to fill you up, and omega-3 fatty acids which all gym buffs will tell you you’ve got to take.
Eggs are an awesome, tasty source of protein with 6 grams per large egg. Not to mention, they’re chockfull of amino acids.
Fish, fish, fish, fish, fish!
Fish is an insanely great source of protein, and it’s not some specific sort of fish. Tuna, salmon, halibut, snapper, perch, flounder, sole, cod, and tilapia all weigh in at around 26 grams per 100 gram serving. It’s also the best the world has to offer when it comes to omega-3 fatty acids.
Wait, what?! Yep, you heard right. Milk’s great for you, of course, but the secretly awesome ingredient is cocoa powder. Five grams of cocoa powder has 1 gram of protein. That’s a pretty good ratio, especially when you have milk on top of that with over 8 grams of protein in one cup.
The fact is, whey protein has pretty awesome health benefits. It’s a great concentrated source of protein. You can get 24 grams of protein per scoop, and it’s low in calories and fast-digesting. It’s rich in branched chain amino acids (BCAAs) and if you’re trying to lose fat or build muscle, it’s one of your best options. Still, sometimes you need a break. These alternatives fit the bill.