Don’t worry, I’m not going to give you a science lesson on protein. I like the food aspect so much more than the scientific one. :)

Protein. We all need it. Some of us get too much. Some of us don’t get enough.

Sometimes it is easy to get enough. Other times its not.

I am definitely what I would consider a “protein person.” I need a decent amount of protein (and fat) at each meal or I get hungry. And then I get really crabby. Ask the Taster, he’ll tell you it isn’t pretty.

Here are some of my favorite – EASY – ways to get in protein!

Favorite, Easy Proteins: 

  • peanut butter or other nut butters
  • cheese sticks
  • greek yogurt
  • tofu
  • hard boiled eggs
  • edamame
  • protein bars like thinkThin
  • sprouted bread
  • cottage cheese
  • tuna
  • beans like lentils
  • protein shake/smoothie 
  • oatmeal
What are your favorite ways to eat protein? 

21 Comments (Reply )

  1. Lindsay @ biking before bed
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 8:30 am

    I need to show this list to my boyfriend. He thinks that the only way to get protein is to eat tons of meat, eggs, and protein bars. I will highlight beans and edaname to him:) My favorite protein sources are greek yogurt and peanut butter.


    • Emily
      Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:10 am

      Haha, too funny!


  2. Mo
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 8:39 am

    I also am a fan of tempeh and the Vega line of protein powders (when I’m out and need something portable.)


  3. Karina
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 9:54 am

    Just found your blog and am loving it! Really like this post. I’m not a huge meat eat so love seeing a list of vegetarian protein sources. My recent favorite is an egg white patty, yogurt and peanut butter. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.


    • Emily
      Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:11 am

      Thanks for stopping by! :)


  4. Erica
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:07 am

    I read a blog where the blogger really likes making treats with protein powder. I always wonder, is that stuff (protein powder) a) healthy and b) as good as eating real, protein-rich foods? My friend’s personal trainer advocated not using powders unless absolutely necessary… But then why would you use them at all?


    • Emily
      Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:20 am

      I think powders are ok (depending on the brand, kind, etc.) if you need a little boost, I just personally don’t care for them much. I’ve also found that it doesn’t fill me up like greek yogurt or peanut butter does so I’d rather have something else.


  5. Amy
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Great (vegetarian) ideas to get protein in! I’ve been working on cutting out meat and finding protein rich foods (that I like) has been hard for me, but I’m working on it!


  6. Jodi
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    Hi! I recently started following your blog … and I love it! This is a great post. I am studying to be a vegan / natural food chef and I recently learned that quinoa and some of the other grains are great sources of protein as well! Quinoa is now my fav protein!


  7. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 2:26 pm

    Nut butter, Oatmeal, and Edamame are definitely some of my favorite ways to get my protein. Protein powder is also delicious. :)


  8. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    I was seriously wondering if we were going to get a detailed explanation of protein at first- haha! (don’t worry, I still would’ve read it ;) ) One of my favorite protein-heavy snacks is roasted chickpeas. I like them better than popcorn and they’re so filling.


  9. Michelle {lively kitchen}
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    My favorites are eggs, nuts and protein bars/drinks (that I am constantly perfecting in the kitchen as I am cheap….). I find I am more impacted by fat than protein. This girl needs her fat!


  10. Carol
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

    Eggs, peanut butter, cheese, beans, edamame, venison… I could go on and on!


  11. Luv What You Do
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

    Eggs are my favorite breakfast protein and I always love me some PB or AB (any time of day!). Any recommendations on protein powders?


    • Emily
      Oct 25, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

      I like Tera’s Whey a lot and I know there are other ones but I don’t have them in front of me, so I’m not sure!


      • Luv What You Do
        Oct 26, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

        Oh! I was going to ask you about that one. I met one of the girls who started the company at the TREK Women’s Tri in Kenosha. I was a big fan of her product. And she was so nice and genuince. It is a little pricey at WF and I really only use it when I am increasing my intensity (ie marathon training). I will have to look into getting some more.


  12. sophia
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 12:17 am

    I do love eggs! I just had 4 as part of my dinner. Other faves are seafood, cheese and yogurt. :-)


  13. Dee
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

    LOVE your blog! Recently, I have been focusing on protein and sugar intake. Before it got cold, I made a protein smootie every morning. Now I will make oatmeal instead, with almond butter stirred in (I’m allergic to peanuts). Otherwise, I love chicken, string cheese, greek yogurt and cottage cheese. I will only use protein powder after a hard work out or for a quick meal replacement! Thanks for putting so much time into your blog!


  14. Esi
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    Great list! Eggs are my favorite food.


  15. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth
    Oct 26, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    Aren’t the Thinkthin bars great? They are by far my favorite protein bar. The protein:carbohydrate ratio is so great and they don’t taste like hay like some others do!


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