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I think when it comes to protein a lot of people have the misconception that you need to eat a pound of red meat or chicken a day to satisfy proper nutritional requirements. Well, yeah, that will definitely do the trick and then some, but blegh, does that really sound appetizing to you guys? A proper diet, if nothing else, is about variety! Think about it, what do people complain most about when it comes to eating healthy? The same boring salad day in and day out! We have tastebuds folks, it's important to treat them right.
Protein Alternatives Further Explained
- According to The Leaf a subset publication of the Nutrisystem diet, the following protein alternatives are the best options in augmenting or replacing chicken altogether. For those of you who are unaware, The Nutrisystem Diet focus on portion control, balanced nutrition, and frequent meals.
- "Non-meat sources may not be an obvious choice. And dairy maybe even less obvious. Cottage cheese slides by chicken in protein content. A half cup of cottage cheese will deliver 14 grams of protein. Choose one percent fat for a satisfying and delicious protein source"
- "Seitan just might be the king of all proteins. That’s because this vegetarian-friendly food delivers 15 grams of the good stuff per every half cup. Seitan is often used in vegan and vegetarian cooking as a meat substitute. It has a meaty texture and takes on the flavor of whatever sauces in which it’s prepared. It is a wheat-gluten and is not recommended for those following a gluten-free diet."
- "This type of yogurt isn’t just a creamy, smooth and satisfying treat. It’s also a great source of protein. One cup delivers 18 grams of protein."
- "Shellfish lovers will be happy about this one: Crab is a protein power house. Three ounces delivers over 20 grams of protein. Buy fresh or pre-cooked and toss it in a salad or over some rice for a delicious meal."
- "Tuna is a convenient, inexpensive, healthy way to add some variety to your meals. Use a half cup of canned tuna packed in water in your meal and get 20 grams of protein."