Proteins of all Kinds are being Packed into Every Day Foods

Proteins are sought after more than ever by all demographics. Whether you are on the Ketogenic diet (a high-protein, fat based diet ), or a vegetarian/ vegan looking to sustain yourself with a variety of plant-proteins, proteins are being packed into everything from meals to drinks to bite-sized snacks.

 

Living in a fast-paced society, it may feel like you are always on the move. Having the opportunity to sit down and eat a proper meal may simply not be an option. Protein bars and shakes from brands such as Quest and Pure Protein have been popular with athletes for years. Those brands pack a ton of protein into their products, but they are can have a high caloric intake for the average adult, and are not vegetarian/vegan-friendly. Newer brands, such as Kind, have products packed with real food, wholesome ingredients and fewer calories than other similar brands. This makes them perfect to fuel adults who don’t have time for lunch or just need an extra mid-day boost. Their products are also vegetarian-friendly. Sorry vegans, but they do use honey as a sweetener.

 

Beef jerky has one of the highest protein counts, topping that charts at a mighty 30-40 grams per 100 grams. Talk about a lot of protein. As previously mentioned in our blog about meats, companies are constantly coming out with new flavors and variety packs filled with things besides jerky to satisfy protein cravings. Because beef jerky is shelf-stable and easily accessible by being available everywhere from gas stations to organic grocers, it is still one of the top ways to get your protein in on the go.

 

As for plant-based options, chickpeas are high in protein and very versatile. Many recipes are available online to make things like hummus, curries or stew our of chickpeas, but they can also be eaten plain, hot or cold. With about seven grams of protein per one-half cup, chickpeas are a great alternative for meat in sandwiches or wraps for vegetarians and vegans alike.

 

Quinoa is a particularly important food to consume, especially if you do not eat meat. Most plant-based products do not contain all essential amino acids, but quinoa does and is considered a complete protein. Complete proteins are made up of the nine essential amino acids that we cannot produce on our own. Protein makes up your tissues, muscles and organs, while also being used by every part of the body to grow and develop properly. Essential amino acids are the building blocks of protein, so consuming them is important in maintaining a healthy, balanced diet.