The 10 Top Protein Sources (other than chicken)

Written by Joel Marion

Foods High in Protein

If you’re like most, you could probably use a change of pace in your diet beyond the regular ol’ chicken breast. So, to spice up your diet—and your taste buds—here are ten of our favorite foods high in protein you can begin mixing into your weekly meal plans (in no particular order):

1. EggsEat the whole egg—not just the white. The yolk is actually the most nutrient-dense portion of the egg, providing a ton of vitamins and minerals, protein and healthy fats…and it has the benefit of making the egg taste mo’ better.

2. Shrimp – Grill ’em up, or sauté them in some grass-fed butter or extra virgin olive oil. Mix with veggies and enjoy.

3. Salmon – An awesome fatty fish containing loads of protein and a healthy dose of uber-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

4. Greek Yogurt – Greek yogurt packs twice the protein of regular yogurt. Go with the plain variety and sweeten with stevia, a little bit of honey, or better yet, some berries if you’d like.

5. Ground Turkey – Super lean and great for chili. mmmm chili. Make some. Eat some. Enjoy some.

6. Pork – Known as the “other” white meat, it’s as lean as chicken when you get the right cut. Go for the boneless chops and trim the outer fatty edge.

7. Chicken Sausage – You probably won’t notice the difference between chicken sausage and “regular” pork sausage, but the former is a more more concentrated source of protein (i.e., more protein per calorie).

8. Beans – Black beans, kidney beans, red beans, navy beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, and the list goes on are the least expensive protein source in AMERICA —and probably every other part of the world as well—and they are crazy high in fiber with very little impact on blood sugar. Add them to your turkey chili, a salad, or whip up some hummus.

9. Bison – All the taste of beef while being incredibly lean while still packing a mean flavor punch. KA-POW!

10. Grass-fed beef – Grass fed beef is rich in conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a special type of fat that has been shown to result in fat LOSS. Eat this…tastes great, and it’s great for your figure.

11. SPECIAL BONUS – And of course, we’ve saved the best for last! The food we share with you at the link below is perhaps our all-time favorite protein sources and one of the most delicious available. Even better, it can have a dramatic impact on your fat loss results when used in a strategic way…check it out:

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  • polywan

    I think soil better than those

    • Pepe

      So thank you by the way for the info, you said chicken isn’t protein ? And eat the whole eggs!!! It confund me!!!

      • Bert

        Eggs are the perfect food. Many people do not realize the egg white counteracts the cholesterol in the yolk.

        • Cristina

          Hi Bert. I could not agree with you more that eggs are the perfect food. I would not necessarily say that the egg whites counteract the cholesterol in the yolk, but rather they serve as a shock absorber to protect the precious yolk.

          For years the yolks have got a bad rap, and Joel debunked that myth in the following article:

          Debunking The Myth About Eggs

          In fact, the yolks are where all the valuable vitamins and minerals are contained including Iron, Potassium, Folate, Selenium, Biotin, Choline, Vitamin D. Vitamin B, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A. Not to mention 1/5 of the total Protein.

          It’s no wonder eggs made it to the #1 spot on our Protein list 😉

      • Cristina

        Hi Pepe. Please accept our apologies for the confusion. We certainly didn’t mean to imply that chicken wasn’t a protein. Generally speaking when most folks think of a diet high in protein, one of the first foods that comes to mind is chicken. We were simply looking for ways to help our readers find ways to increase their protein consumption in addition to consuming chicken.

        And yes, sir. The whole egg. 😉

    • Cristina

      Greetings, polywan. Thank you for joining in this discussion. We appreciate your feedback.

      Please forgive me for not understanding what your comment that “soil is better than those” means. I would love to better understand this, and further discuss this with you if you would like to elaborate on this for me.

      Thanks in advance, polywan.

  • Denice Lourenco

    What is the best way to make chicken thighs for dinner stuff go with it

    • TanyaRenee Usher

      I cook the thighs about 10 minutes with onion, garlic, green onion and seasonings. When they are nearly done, add veggies of your choice and cook some jasmine rice on the side. You could also add a bit of sesame oil / seeds and organic soy sauce for a different taste. Fresh cilantro and lime added to chicken and rice is also an idea.

      • Cristina

        Hi, TanyaRenee. My mouth is watering reading this delightful recipe. This sounds like a very well-balanced meal. Thank you so much for sharing this. We hope you will continue to share your recipes and we look forward to your future contributions.

        • TanyaRenee Usher

          You are welcome! Love to experiment with flavors!

    • Cristina

      Hello, Denice. Chicken thighs are a great source of protein and often a less expensive alternative to chicken breasts. These can be used in place of chicken breasts in most recipes and are very flavorful and moist, and can be baked, broiled, fried, and slow cooked.

      We have a section dedicated to recipes here on our blog, which you may access here:

      Recipes

      You really can’t go wrong with adding fresh herbs and spices, and citrus. Those are usually my go-to’s when creating a healthy marinade for chicken. I would love to hear what you come up with, Denice!

  • Lori Cecere

    You should show more plant based protein in this list. There are many ways to get protein without using animals.

    • Jesse Bacon

      They are not in the top 10 Lori! They are further down the list.

      • Cristina

        Not for long, Jesse. 😉

    • Cristina

      Greetings, Lori. You know I couldn’t agree with you more, and I would be willing to bet that the folks at BioTRUST Nutrition may be in the process of researching something along these lines as we speak. Stay tuned…

  • LetzBReal

    Thank you for posting this information. I get so tired of the long dragged-out infomercial videos that tell you to be sure to have your speakers turned up. I usually “X” out of them before they even get started! It was nice to read something so concise and simple. Thanks again.

    • Cristina

      Greetings, LetzBReal. Thank you for your considerate feedback. We strive to deliver the right balance of information through a variety of channels. We have discovered that individuals are just as unique on the inside as they are on the outside, and the manner in which we process information varies from person to person as well. Some folks are visual learners while others prefer to read the context.

      We are pleased that the information was well received by you, and that it was easily understood. Thank you, LetzBReal.

  • Forrest K. Wright

    thanks for the info ,I prefer organics when I can get them . I also like blending my greens in a blender so nothing is lost in the process . when steaming some veg. I use filtered water an save for drinking .

    • Cristina

      Hi Forrest. I usually use a vita-mix when I am blending my vegetables for the same reason–I find that I keep every bit of the vitamins and nutrients. I usually throw in 2 scoops of protein blend to create a healthy well balanced meal.

      Do you usually make things up as you go or do you have a tried and true recipe that you use? We would love for you to share any recipes you have with us. 🙂