Thursday, July 11, 2019

Add Protein to Your Diet with These Foods

One thing that people always wonder is what I eat to make sure I'm getting enough protein.  To be honest, I didn't always think much about the nutrition part of all of this, but the last several years I've been doing better at it.  I don't eat organic, I don't worry about calories, I don't read many nutrition labels (except to see how much fiber or protein are in what I'm eating). But I do have my favorite things to eat after a workout to make sure I'm refueling right.

I was able to give Built Bar a try this week when they sent me a box to review. I gave them a try on Instagram and I will keep trying them and telling you about them too! They are awesome for both protein and fiber, which you don't find all that often. It was a huge plus for me because chocolate can cause some irregularity problems and I always watch how much fiber I'm eating. They taste great and have a good texture. They certainly fulfill the chocolate cravings and, as promised, it helped with not only protein but energy.  They have a ton of flavors to try and I'm excited to see which one is my favorite. You can give them a try by going HERE (affiliate link) and you'll get 10% off your first order!

I've always liked yogurt, which is great for protein, but I tried these Oikos Greek Yogurts by Dannon recently and I love them! They are thick and creamy, have 15 grams of protein and they taste so good and are sweetened with stevia.  I love how this is the perfect mid-day snack or add on to breakfast. It satisfies and keeps you full longer. Yogurt is also amazing for digestive health.

When it comes to protein powders, I'm not a big fan. I don't like the taste of them and I'm pretty picky about what I get. So when it comes to drinking my protein, I stick with Carnation Instant Breakfast and add some PBfit, which is just powdered peanut butter, to it. I love that it's natural and less sugar added. Plus it tastes good. PB fit is also fantastic for more than just protein shakes. You can add it to anything with peanut butter in it, and you can make peanut butter with it by adding some water to it.

Another quick snack to add a little protein that I like would be apples and peanut butter. I have to admit that it never even occurred to me to put peanut butter on apples until I saw Trevon eat it.  But, like the yogurt option, this is a great snack to get me to the next meal or something to add to breakfast or lunch to add more protein.

I've talked before about my favorite granola.  I've been making my own granola for a few years now and it is so good, inexpensive and very filling. You can find the recipe HERE. I eat mine on top of yogurt with lots of fresh fruit on top. It's one of my favorite breakfasts. I'm out of granola right now so I think it's time to make another batch!

Of course one of my favorite protein filled foods is chicken. We eat chicken often. Grilled, baked, roasted...I really don't have a favorite way to eat it. There are great ways to grill chicken and we always have it a few times a week for dinner.  When we have leftovers, I cut it up and put it on top of a salad for lunches, or make sandwiches out of them. Sometimes I warm it up with a bunch of veggies on the side.

Eggs are a big family favorite here. My kids like scrambled best, but I like them in just about any form.  It's easy and quick and they are a great option to add a little more protein to your diet. Have you ever added a hard fried egg on a hamburger or grilled cheese? If not, do it, it will change you!

There are a lot of options for protein out there. It doesn't really matter how you get your protein, although there are better options than others. It's always better to get your nutrients from your food than from supplements, but there's nothing wrong with supplements to help you get what you need. 

What is your favorite way to get enough protein?

If you were to try a built bar, which flavor sounds the best to you?


  1. This are great tips for adding protein to your diet. This is something that I still struggle with but what has worked for me is adding collagen to my liquids and also I really enjoy Greek yogurt!

  2. Yogurt and eggs are my go to for quick protein. Also love edamame and tofu.

  3. I add granola to my yogurt and chicken to my salads. Often eat a protein bar before running.

    Thanks for the tips.

  4. Greek yogurt and eggs are my go to's for easy protein. I also add collagen to my coffee.

  5. I love granola and peanut butter and most eggs (I prefer my yolks to be hard, though. It's my least foodie quality LOL). We eat plenty of all those things around here. Yogurt is not super high on my list, so we don't eat a lot of that.

  6. I have Greek yogurt every day. And salmon pretty frequently. Eggs once in a while - I’ve been too lazy to fix them lately. ;-)