Fuel Up with These 10 Protein-Packed Foods

Not all snacks are created equal. These foods are high in protein and provide longer-lasting energy than sweets or carbs.

Need some inspiration for healthy foods for your post-workout snack? These foods are packed with essential amino acids and can help stave off the muscle loss that can accompany aging. As a bonus, they can also help you recover from hard workouts faster.

  1. Whole eggs—Eat the whites and the yolks for more complete protein.

  2. Wild salmon—This nutritional powerhouse is also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids.

  3. Cottage cheese—In addition to eating it plain, try adding cottage cheese to smoothies or dropping a dollop in oatmeal or pancake batter.

  4. Beef—Stick with leaner cuts like sirloin tips, eye of round or flank steaks.

  5. Plain Greek yogurt—With double the protein and half the sugar of regular yogurt, it’s a versatile base for a snack.

  6. Sardines—These little guys are high in omega-3s and vitamin D—and low in the contaminants found in many types of seafood today.

  7. Whey protein—High in branched chain amino acids, whey protein can help speed muscle repair after a workout.

  8. Poultry—If you’re short on time, try picking up a rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store.

  9. Nuts—Possibly the ultimate portable snack, stash bags of almonds, walnuts and cashews in your gym bag and desk drawer.

  10. Quinoa—This plant-based protein is a “complete protein,” which means it contains all the essential amino acids.

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