Five Healthy Sources of Protein and Chocolate Protein “Frosty”
I’m generally a fan of obtaining protein from natural, whole foods sources. After all, that’s what our body will recognize as food, right? But sometimes, we fall into a rut, and the same old protein options seem…boring. Personally, as much I love eggs, or tuna, or chicken, there are times I just cannot get excited about another hard-boiled egg for breakfast.
This is when I start to get creative. After all, there are healthy protein sources out there that aren’t just meat, eggs, or dairy – we just don’t always think about them. Some great sources of protein include:
- Nut butters, such as peanut or almond butter - around 8 grams of protein per serving.
- Greens, such as spinach or kale – 5-7 grams per cup of cooked greens.
- Quinoa - 9 grams per cup.
- Beans and lentils – depending on the variety, between 13 and 18 grams per cup.
- Protein powders – if you shop around, many of the brands out there carry a respectable ingredient list. (Some are highly processed and have somewhat skeptical ingredients.) My favorites are Vega, Plant Fusion, and Sunwarrior. They are all gluten-free and taste pretty good. While I prefer getting most of my protein from whole foods, I feel these protein powders are a good way to keep the variety.
In fact, if you’re craving sweets on a hot day, this protein “frosty” might be just the change of pace you need. It’s a cinch to whip up in the blender, and really satisfies the urge for a cool, creamy, frosty treat. In fact, I might consider making this my new favorite post-workout “snack”!
Chocolate Protein “Frosty”
Makes 1 large frosty
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon guar or xanthan gum (optional, but will add to the creaminess factor)
- pinch of salt
- 2-3 medjool dates, pitted
- 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 12-15 ice cubes
- Place everything in a blender and blend, scraping down the sides as needed, until the ice is chopped finely and everything is smooth.
- Enjoy immediately.
What are some of your favorite sources of protein?
Alta is the founder of the gluten-free, dairy-free blog, Tasty Eats At Home. Even without gluten and dairy, Alta can show you that meals can be simple and healthy, and treats such as cake, bread, and cookies can be mouth-watering! Her goal is to share with you delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free food that can bring your heart joy and nourish your body, one recipe at a time.
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