Alternative Sources of Protein

Put down that chicken breast and consider the alternatives.

We aren’t asking you to go full vegan on us (unless you want to, and there’s nothing wrong with being vegan or vegetarian or anything in between), we just want to show you some other, alternative ways to get a little protein in you.  A well balanced and healthy lifestyle does after all, contain variety….

TRAINFITNESS top 10 alternative sources of protein

Quinoa– You aren’t sure how to pronounce it, you aren’t entirely sure what to do with it, but what you do know is that it is packed full of protein and has a good whack of fibre too to keep you satiated.

Insects– Yes, you read that correctly, insects are a good and sustainable source of protein and something you should consider…no seriously, try them.

Peanut Butter– Not only is it enormously tasty, but peanut butter is ram-packed with just about everything that’s good to eat: protein, fibre, vitamin E, magnesium and vitamin B6. While it might be difficult, we do recommend moderation. Treat yourself.

Beans/pulses– Mix your beans for the best results. Butter beans, kidney beans, chickpeas and lentils, these bad boys are not only a great source of protein but also offer fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Seeds– Yes, those smalls things you usually have stuffed at the back of the cupboard could provide you with a handy protein kick. Pumpkin, sesame and sunflower are our favourites.

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Amaranth– Closely related to quinoa and just as easy to mispronounce, amaranth packs 9 grams of protein per cup (246 grams), which is nothing to be sniffed at. Being a complete protein as well it contains all the essential amino acids.

Spirulina– A single serving of just 7 grams (roughly a tablespoon) offers up 4 grams of protein.  Add it to a smoothie or your lunch and you’re looking at a good, natural source of protein along with a whole host of other health benefits. Put spirulina on your next shopping list.

Greek Yoghurt– A 100 gram serving gives you 10 grams of protein. Its variety is key too: add it to your breakfast, smoothie or curry. Greek yoghurt goes with virtually anything. 

Avocado– Ok, this is on the list because you can’t go wrong with an avocado. Smashed with some chili, a splash of lime, add an egg and you’ve just made yourself a cracking meal. Somewhat less protein than everything else on the list, but delicious non-the less. 

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Wakame– This edible brown seaweed is very common in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisine. Maybe they’re on to something. With 3 grams of protein per 100 grams and with a range of health benefits, wakame is an excellent addition to your diet.

Protein doesn’t have to just come from animals, it can come from a whole range of sources.  Give something new a try this week. You might surprise yourself and find you like a spot of mixed bean, quinoa and avocado. If you were to throw in some vegetables (broccoli or peppers would work nicely) you would have yourself a healthy, nutritious, balanced meal.

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