It can be hard to get the right amount of protein every day, but with these simple tips you can give your tried-and-true favorites an added protein punch!
Add your favorite nut butter to your morning toast or afternoon apple. It’s even good with carrots! A tablespoon provides around 4 grams of protein.
Make a batch of hard-boiled eggs to take with you on the go or add to any meal. Layer on avocado toast, toss ‘em on a salad or eat them alone. One large egg (yolk included) offers 6 grams of protein.
Make your oatmeal with ½ cup of non-fat or low-fat milk instead of water for an extra 4 grams of protein.
Add an ounce of 93% lean or leaner Ground Beef and an ounce of low-fat cheese to scrambled eggs for a double dose of protein. Even better? Wrap it all up into a Breakfast Beef Burrito or try a Steak and Eggs Breakfast Taco.
Sprinkle an ounce of almonds or other nuts to your breakfast cereal or yogurt for an extra 7 grams of protein. Looking to add an extra crunch to your lunch? Nuts make great salad toppers, too!
Tip: One ounce of almonds is about enough to cover a 3x3 sticky note.
Need a little inspiration? Inside-Out Grilled Steak Salad pairs juicy Strip Steak with crisp butter lettuce and tangy goat cheese. Or Cumin-Rubbed Steak and Roasted Root Vegetable Salad combines Top Sirloin with roasted, caramelized beets and sweet potatoes, served on top of lightly dressed mixed greens. Yummy!
Add cooked 93% lean or leaner Ground Beef or canned beans to chilis, soups or stews. A 3-oz serving of lean Ground Beef crumbles equals about 22 grams of protein; a serving of black beans (1/2 cup) adds around 7 grams of protein to a dish.
Experiment with grains like quinoa, farro or amaranth as a side dish or ingredient in any one-pot meal. A 1/2 cup serving of these grains provides an extra 4 grams of protein.
Looking for some recipe inspiration? Our Beef Filets with Ancient Grains & Kale Salad pairs savory Tenderloin Steaks with earthy farro, kale, tart cranberries and crunchy almonds. Or try Pomegranate Steaks with Quinoa - juicy Strip Steaks marinated in balsamic vinegar, pomegranate juice and herbs, served alongside a delicious quinoa salad. Is your mouth watering yet?!
Pack beef jerky in your gym bag for a pre- or post-workout treat. Just 1 ounce provides 15 grams of protein!
Keep a serving of nuts, seeds or trail mix close by for when hunger strikes. No need to go overboard though - a single serving (just 1 ounce) of nuts or seeds provides 6 grams of protein.
Pair a serving of fruit - try an apple, grapes or orange - with an ounce of cheese for an extra 8 grams of protein.