These days we are constantly being told to eat high protein foods. Protein is listed on every single item in the grocery store, even when it probably shouldn’t be (cough…cough… Halo Top). Whether or not the product actually has a significant amount of protein or it’s just a marketing scheme, that’s up to you to decide. We wondered what foods we usually don’t hear about as high protein might be able to provide us an extra dose if we need it.
Here is the list we came up with:
1. Cocoa Powder
You might be thinking we have gone off our rocker with the first item on our list but we haven’t. Cocoa Powder is packed with 2g of protein per serving (2 tbsp). Along with being high in protein cocoa powder may also reduce the risk of blood clots, lower high blood pressure, boost cognitive performance and provide essential minerals such as calcium and potassium.
How great is that?
Hummus has got to be one of the best dips ever created. It tastes so good and is full of great nutrients. From a protein standpoint it sits oddly high at 6g per 1/2 cup. So next time your a craving something to dip a cracker in, go grab some hummus!
The definition of a super food, Spirulina is an amazing super food full of lots of great nutrients including; Vitamins A, K1, K2, B12 and iron, manganese and chromium. Oh, and 8g of protein per tbsp. Sounds like a great smoothie add in to us.
4. Black Rice
Also known as forbidden rice, black rice is not as popular as its counterparts, jasmine and brown rice but it is extremely nutritious. With 80 calories per 1/4 cup black rice or forbidden rice, as we like to call it, fits perfectly into your diet if you are calorie counting but it also contains 10g of protein in the 1/4 cup of rice if you’re looking for an extra boost. It just found it’s way onto our grocery list this week.
A soybean thats absolutely packed with nutrients and is a staple in most vegetarian diets around the world for its ability to act as a substitute from meat products. Tempeh is known for its probiotic benefits and its extremely high protein content. 16g of protein per 1/2 cup of Tempeh. It is also quite tasty.
Next time you are out and about doing some shopping make sure you pick up one of these high protein items and give them a try. If you are not interested in any of the odd products just head over to the frozen section or hop online and grab a pint of Killer Whey! protein ice cream.