Protein is an essential part of every diet. It helps our bodies build muscle, improves metabolism, regulates blood sugar, and feeds us a steady stream of carbohydrates throughout the day. Our energy bars are designed to provide exercisers with a healthy dose of protein to power and recover from their workouts and help them achieve the healthy bodies they want. But, since not every meal can be a Promax bar (unfortunately!), we've put together a list of 5 additional foods that are packed full of protein.
Greek Yogurt - Greek yogurt has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and it's not hard to see why. Greek yogurt gets its thick consistency from straining out the liquid found in regular forms of yogurt, and has nearly twice as much protein as the standard version (23 g per 8 oz. serving). In addition to being loaded with protein, Greek yogurt is also loaded with probiotic bacteria that improves digestion and calcium that helps keep bones healthy and strong. If you're limiting your sugar intake, be sure to pick up an unflavored Greek yogurt. The flavored versions can have up to three times as much sugar.
Eggs - Eggs aren't just a dietary staple; they're one of the most protein-heavy foodstuffs around. Eggs have an incredibly high biological value, which measures how much of the protein in a food item can be incorporated into proteins in the body. Biological value is largely determined by the amount of amino acids a food contains, and eggs are absolutely full of them. One large egg contains 6 g of protein; if you're looking for food that will power your day, eggs are practically an essential.
Steak - When you think protein, you probably think meat. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that steak is a great way to add protein to your diet. If you're concerned with the fats and calories that are also found in your traditional cut of steak, we have some good news: leaner cuts of beef, like bottom round and beef loin, typically have only 7 calories per one gram of protein; for comparison, a rib eye has 11 calories per one of protein. Even better news: round cuts are some of the least expensive cuts of meat. Just be sure not to overcook – rounds and loins are thin, which means that they dry out easily if cooked too much.
Wild Salmon - Think there's no real difference between wild caught sockeye and farm-raised salmon? Think again: wild salmon contains nearly 25% more protein than fish raised on a farm, as well as more of the fatty acids like omega-3 that increase your body's fat-burning power. A 3 oz. serving of wild-caught sockeye salmon has 23 g of protein. If you're looking for a tasty way to add protein to your diet, salmon is one of the easiest (and tastiest) ways to do just that.
Edamame - Looking for a light snack that's packed with protein? Edamame fits the bill with its 8 g of plant protein per ½ cup serving, along with a healthy dose of essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Shelled edamame can be found in most grocery stores' frozen aisles, and taste great with a squeeze of lemon juice after cooking.
And, of course, Promax protein bars are a great, healthy source of protein. Ready to stock up? Check out our variety of products today!