(Last Updated On: February 11, 2016)
Anyone who wants to get buffed knows that the right foods to eat are lots of protein. There are many sources out there that you can get from your grocery store or are probably somewhere around your house. Down here we have some recipes that may look weird at first, but trust me, they are high in protein that they will get you fit probably better than you are right now. You will never know until you give the recipe a shot.
10. Nuts and Nut Butter
Nuts and Nut Butter are a really excellent source of protein and simple too, but only if the ones you get have the right ingredients leaving the unnecessary ones. When you are buying these items, make sure that you avoid hydrogenated and too much sugar. Instead, you want to look for ingredients that say nuts and salt and sugar but not too much. You never want too much salt or you would mess up your blood pressure. Nuts and nut butter are great to just help you accumulate that muscle.
Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are a great source of protein that you can just find right at your grocery store. Plus, it’s not that hard to add them to your daily meal. All you need to do is to rehydrate them overnight and you are done. You can add them raw or cooked to make something like a snack, or even add them to a salad. They might look simple but you should learn that you never judge something until you try it.
How many times have you gone into a grocery store and just seen all the different types of beans that are out there? They are great source of proteins that can be added in dishes like rice or soups, or even put them on top of a salad. You might enjoy them with almost anything. Just add them either cold or warm and you are ready to receive a nice good dose of protein.
Quinoa is probably something that you might not have seen when you are doing grocery shopping. Quinoa is said to be a hybrid of rice and couscous. This seeds are found in beige, black or red shades, and are not that hard to put together. When you are cooking them, all you have to do is add two cups of water per each cup of quinoa and let it boil until the water is fully evaporated. From there you would just add anything that you think would make your meal great like stir fry or chopped raw vegetables. Or you can even make it into a dessert. No matter what you decide to do, it will still make an excellent addition to your meal.
6. Green Peas
Green peas, another common yet great staple meal. No matter how much you hated them as a child, you cannot deny that they had a good protein amount in each pea. The good thing about them is that they can be added to close to anything, soups, stir fries, anything you can think of. You can even blend them together in a blender together with some oil to make a tasty pesto sauce. Use your imagination.
5. Non-Dairy Milk
For those who are lactose intolerant or have just decided to move away from dairy products, non-dairy milk might just be your replacement. There are different kinds of non-dairy milks out there, for example, coconut milk, almond milk, hemp milk and much more. They even come with different flavours which just adds on what you have to choose from. Go out and try a few until you find the right fit for you, that way you get one extra diet you can add to boost your protein intake.
4. Brown Rice
Brown rice is a great source of protein plus it can play an excellent part in keeping our system running smoothly with minimal problems. To cook this, all you need to do is for every one cup of rice, add two cups of water and let it boil till the rice has absorbed all of the water. From here you can mix with soy sauce and fried vegetables for a quick and savoury meal. Yummy.
Spinach, Popeye’s favorite snack, really does have a good protein intake to give you those nice big muscles. You can add this to anything like a fruit smoothie or a salad mix. Good for those looking for options that are fat free and are good in protein. Excellent choice to think about.
Many people love avocados, and they are a great addition to every meal. You can make a delicious guacamole from this just by cutting it open and removing the pit of the avocado. If you are not a fan of that, you can try a healthier version of chocolate pudding by mixing the avocado with cocoa powder, vanilla and maple syrup. I know a healthier version of chocolate pudding sounds weird but trust me, it tastes delicious.
1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds may look like just tiny seeds but there is more to them. They can absorb milk or water which causes them to swell up into this thick and jelly-like substance. They can be used to make puddings, thicken smoothies, lots of things out there that can be done with them. Interesting fact, they actually make you feel fuller for longer. A bonus over the protein intake of the meal.