Protein is an important part of a healthy diet and extremely necessary to keep a stable weight loss journey, it is also imperative for building and maintaining lean muscle.
Many link protein straight to muscle gain, this is not and entirely accurate assumption. While protein is a source of amino acids to help build muscle it is also what helps your body repair its cells and muscles. This is extremely important for any healthy person but especially when on a weight loss journey as it assists your body repair damage done during exercise or just general day to day life. Lean body muscle is proven to aid in fat loss making it a key part of any weight management journey.
Keep reading for our top low-calorie foods that are packed full of protein.
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One of the more obvious choices when it comes to a low-calorie protein option, rightly so in our opinion. Bellow are our recommendations for lean meats high in protein:
Chicken Breast - 30g of protein in chicken breast (skinless) and 165 calories.
Pork - Lean pork has just 120 calories in 100g and 22g of protein.
A Spring/Summer favourite that is low-calorie and high-protein. The ocean is home to numerous delicious options of protein. Our recommendations are:
White fish - 134 calories in 100g of general white fish and over 19g of protein. It is also great as it doesn't feel heavy in the stomach making it the perfect lunch option for the warmer months.
Prawns - 25g of protein in 100g of prawns and with just 114 calories this Christmas favourite is a great protein booster all-year round.
Tofu is one of the most underrated cooking ingredients in the western world. Frequently used in Asian cuisines across the world this delicious ingredient is so versatile and a great meat substitute for vegans, vegetarians or those trying to cut back on meat consumption while still maintaining a high-protein diet.
In one cup or 100g of tofu you have access to over 8g of protein with just over 180 calories. The perfect addition to a simple, homemade vegetable stir fry.
The lowest calorie of them all vegetables surprisingly hold high volumes of protein, this can vary greatly from veg to veg. A general rule to follow is the greener the vegetable the more protein. Our recommendations to increase protein in your diet are:
Spinach - There is just under a gram of protein in one cup of raw spinach and mere 7 calories.
Broccoli - This crunchy green offers 2.6g of Protein in just one cup along with 30 calories.
Asparagus - First place in the vegetable competition goes to asparagus with 2.9g of protein in one cup and just 27 calories.
Note: All caloric and nutritional information displayed above is approximate and not exact. Calories also change during cooking depending on additional ingredients.