7 Proteins to Stock Up OnApr 24, 2020
Protein is essential for weight loss. It boosts your metabolism and helps keep you full to reduce snacking and cravings. Minimize your trips to the grocery store by adding these high protein items that last longer! Many of these can also be ordered online from the comfort of your own home.
1. Protein Powder
Look for protein powders with minimal ingredients that are NSF or Informed Choice Certified (this means that they have been tested to ensure they contain what they say thet contain!). These can be added into smoothies, milk (for cereal!), oatmeal, baked goods, and even sauces (using unflavored options). Recommended brands: BiPro, Tera's Organic Whey, Oriya Organics Gather Paleo Plant Protein
2. Protein Bars
Again, look for bars that have minimal ingredients. If you are using them as a meal, strive for at least 15 grams of protein and 200-350 calories like Rise bars, Oatmega bars, Quest bars. If you are using them as a snack, look for at least 10 grams of protein and 100-200 calories like Built bars, RX bars (kid size), Think bars (thin variety), health warrior pumpkin seed bars
Eggs last several weeks in the fridge and are extremely versatile. They also contain almost every essential vitamin and mineral (mostly in the yolk)! Get whatever eggs you can find at the store, but if possible look for eggs that contain omega-3 such as Organic Valley or Nellie's.
4. Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt also last several weeks in the fridge and is full of high quality protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Fage plain 0% Greek yogurt contains 20g protein per cup. Add flavor by adding 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, cinnamon, and 1 oz nuts. The best low sugar flavored options include: Fage Trublend, Pillar's drinkable greek yogurt, Two Good, Chobani less sugar, and Siggi's no sugar added
5. Canned Tuna and Salmon
Canned tuna and salmon (or packets) are great shelf-stable protein options to have on hand during a quarantine. Check out this tuna salad recipe or these simple salmon patties.
6. Chicken Sausage
Chicken sausage is less perishable than chicken breast and can add great flavor. Al Fresco is a great brand found in most grocery stores. Trader Joe's and Whole Foods also have their own brands.
7. Frozen Proteins
Stock up on frozen items like turkey burgers, turkey meatballs, edamame and frozen shrimp. You can also buy extra fresh proteins and put them in the freezer right when you get home to save for later!