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Right now I’m following a modified keto-paleo plan, with low net carbs to help maintain a healthy gut and to decrease my body fat. For me, this means eating between 100-150 grams of protein per day and keeping my net carbs low (under 40g) while focusing on consuming sufficient amounts of healthy fats. In addition, I’m focusing on incorporating strength training into my exercise routine at least 2-3 times per week.
If you’ve ever tracked your macronutrients (protein, carbs, and fat) before, you’ll know it can be difficult to consume the recommended amount of protein. Though it’s a challenge, having protein first thing in the morning has been a gamechanger to help me feel satiated.
I enjoy my animal protein staples: grass-fed beef, lamb, Alaskan salmon, shrimp, and chicken. After a few weeks though, I get so tired of chowing down on high amounts of meat and I end up dreading some meals. To prevent burnout from so much meat consumption, these are my go-to keto-friendly, high-protein, non-meat foods to fill in the gaps. They are keto-friendly because they all have fairly low levels of net carbs, meaning the number of carbs minus any dietary fiber.
10g of protein per serving, mild flavor and can be sprinkled on salad, oatmeal, cereal or even mixed in smoothies.
18g of protein per serving, flavorless, and also helps with joint and bone health. It’s an easy addition to your morning coffee or tea or can be added to smoothies, yogurt, and many other things.
6g of protein per serving, depending on the size of the egg. This is a staple breakfast for me. I scramble 3-4 eggs and top them with this.
6g of protein per serving, this “supernut” also provides a healthy dose of fiber. I like how they taste by themselves, but you can also use them on salads or to make pesto.
If you’re looking for a paleo-friendly protein powder, this is the one I have been using for over a year – only 6 ingredients and 20g of protein per serving! Note: it does not have a sweet taste like many other protein powders do, so you may want to blend it with some fruit or natural sweetener.
Many people like to consume lentils, chickpeas, quinoa, and beans for added protein, but none of them agree with my digestive system (that’s why I didn’t include them on my “not gross” list).
If you’re stuck in a weight-loss plateau, try upping your protein intake significantly to assist with muscle building and shedding pounds. Aim to consume 50-75% of your weight in grams. It’s challenging at times, but hopefully, this post has given you some ideas on new protein-rich foods to try! Also, for some motivation to lose weight, check out HealthyWage
What are your favorite non-meat protein sources? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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