Whether you’re losing weight, staying slim, adding muscle, or just plain eating healthy, protein is an essential part of any diet and daily routine. Our bodies require several daily doses of this macronutrient, which also helps us keep on track with our fitness goals.
However, choose your protein source wisely, because you don’t want to end up reaching for a costly calorific cheat with a sugary chocolate bar or slice of pizza.
To help battle the convenience of junk food, we’ve rounded up 10 Healthy and Easy Protein Options that can be stashed at the office and put together in just a few minutes.
1. Raw Almonds
Not roasted, salted or BBQ flavored – we mean raw almonds. They can be bought in bulk and stored in containers or resealable bags (heck, you can even toss a handful in your pocket!). High in protein and low in preservatives when completely organic and raw, two dozen almonds can keep you going.
2. Hard Boiled Eggs
Easy to prep in the morning or before a big week, hard boiled eggs simply need to be stored in a fridge and provide a delicious protein punch any time of the day.
3. Protein Packed Smoothies
Water, almond or rice milk, low fat peanut or almond butter, black/blue/strawberries, 1 scoop of Purely Inspired® Organic Protein, some ice and voilà – your protein fix is ready. Many people prefer this after a workout and each serving contains 16g of protein and 6g of fiber. Mix and match your ingredients based on your dietary goals.
4. Bean Salad
Beans have so much protein; it’s hard to believe they are classified as vegetables. They can serve as an easy substitute to meat in a salad (think Greek bean salad), and are high in fiber and iron. Soybeans are a top choice, followed by white beans.
5. A Glass of Milk
Sounds like something for kids, right? A nice tall glass of cold low-fat milk can provide some extra protein and requires virtually no prep time.
6. Greek Yogurt/Cottage Cheese
Low-fat, high-protein yogurt and cottage cheese, combined with some berries and/or nuts can make for a great pre- or post-workout fix. When looking at yogurt brands, keep an eye on the sugar and calorie count to match your diet.
Now we are in serious delicious protein territory. A bit of chili powder, garlic salt, and other spices can turn protein-heavy edamames into a great choice come movie night.
8. Roasted Chickpeas
Up there with edamames, chickpeas rival soybeans in their high protein and fiber count. Prep a big batch on a Sunday night and enjoy all week long.
9. Hummus and Veggies
Hummus can be a calorie sucker, but the flavor options and dipping possibilities make it a must for this list. Watch the sodium levels when choosing a flavor.
10. Raw Oatmeal
We see them everywhere – those 2-minute oatmeal pouches with awesome flavors like “Apple Crumble”. These are stacked with sugar and preservatives and are to be avoided. Raw oatmeal, with a hint of brown sugar, some fruit (banana, apple, berries), and a spoonful of protein powder, takes less than 5 minutes and is twice as good for your diet.