Fit People Swear by These 30 High-Protein Foods to Stay in Shape

7. Hemp Seeds Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species, but it doesn’t have the psychoactive properties. The seeds are the nut or… Simi - April 8, 2019
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7. Hemp Seeds

Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant species, but it doesn’t have the psychoactive properties. The seeds are the nut or fruit of the hemp plant. The husk is usually removed, and the inside is white and soft. An ounce of hemp seeds contains 9.2 grams of protein and 161 calories. For those who are allergic to soy, hemp seeds provide an alternative source of protein, containing many of the essential amino acids your body needs,

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Hemp seeds are good for people trying to reduce their carbohydrate intake, too. They are a low carbohydrate option with about 33 percent coming from protein and about 40 percent from healthy fats. You can eat a handful of the shelled seeds, toasted or raw, as a nutritious snack. As hemp seeds have a smooth, nutty taste, they are delicious in cereals and snacks, such as muesli bars.

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6. Broccoli

Like cabbage, broccoli is a brassica. It’s one of the best green vegetables to include in your diet. One broccoli stalk contains 4.3 grams of protein and 51 calories. Broccoli is full of phytochemicals, which makes it an anti-cancer food. It’s also a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber.

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The insoluble fiber helps with digestion and when you’re trying to lose weight. The soluble fiber helps regulate cholesterol and blood glucose. The vitamin K in broccoli improves calcium absorption and enhances bone health.

When buying broccoli, choose vegetables that don’t have brown or yellow spots. The stem should be firm, and the crown should be springy and tight. Limp florets are a sign that the broccoli is old.  Add a cup of steamed broccoli to your daily diet or consume it raw in a salad. Lightly cooked broccoli stalks with lemon and a little butter are delicious.

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5. Coconut

The meat of a medium coconut contains 13.2 grams of protein and about 1,400 calories. But eating coconut for weight loss is controversial. It has a high-calorie count, and a two-inch chunk of coconut contains 15 grams of fat, most of which is saturated fat.  However, some studies have shown that raw coconut may help with weight loss because it contains medium-change triglycerides that affect metabolism.

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Coconut comes in many forms, water, oil, milk and meat, so it is easy to add to the diet. As it contains saturated fat, be careful to control your intake if you want to lose weight. Coconut meat tastes good, and you can eat it raw as a snack. Dried, flaked coconut is useful in many dishes. Also, coconut milk adds that extra special touch to chicken curry and many Asian dishes.

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4. Spinach

Spinach is a nutrient-dense leafy vegetable that has excellent health benefits. A 100-gram serving of spinach contains about three grams of protein. It contains all the essential amino acids and protein makes up 30 percent of its calories. Spinach also contains vitamin A and vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, folate and manganese.

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It’s also rich in antioxidants, which can reduce inflammation and nitrates. Spinach increases nitric oxide, lowers blood pressure and improves heart health. Just a cup of cooked spinach contains over six milligrams of iron. In fact, it has more potassium than a banana.

Spinach is a versatile vegetable and combines well with cheeses, like feta. You can add feta to a spinach salad. Add it to a smoothie, eat it with pasta and use it as a side dish. Enjoy a spinach, potato, and red pepper frittata. Or, you can add some spinach to soups, casseroles and omelets.

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3. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a healthy vegetable with significant health benefits. Its unique plant compounds may reduce the risk of several diseases. One large cauliflower head contains 16.6 grams of protein and about 210 calories. Cauliflowers are rich in choline, which has several essential functions in the body. Choline improves sleep, enhances memory and assists in fat absorption.

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Not many vegetables contain choline, but a cup of cauliflower contains 45 mg. The vitamin K in cauliflower helps give you healthy bones. Eat cauliflower with cheese as a delicious side vegetable or use it to replace the carbohydrates in a low-carb diet.

Make a mash with garlic and salt to take the place of mashed potatoes. Replace rice with grated, cooked cauliflower. Combine pulsed cauliflower with eggs to make low-carb tortillas or wraps.

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2. Potatoes

Potatoes have a bad reputation when it comes to losing weight, although they have a diverse range of nutrients. Boiled in the skin, a large potato of about 300 grams contains six grams of protein and 261 calories. They’re rich in minerals and vitamins, such as potassium and B vitamins.

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The high potassium content helps to control blood pressure. Potatoes are filling, so if you eat potatoes, they will reduce your appetite and prevent you from snacking on other unhealthy foods. However, baked potatoes are more nutrient-dense than boiled potatoes. Also, they contain more magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and folate.

Also, if you peel a potato before boiling or baking, it loses some of the mineral content. As long as you eat potatoes without a ton of cream or butter, they will help you reach your weight loss goals.

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1. Soups

Soup is said to be an effective protein diet. Adding soups to your diet can effectively make you feel fuller. It is a balanced diet rich in proteins and carbohydrates. Just like salads, a full bowl of soup can keep you energized and satiated for a long time.

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A comfort food, soups are highly recommended to those who are overweight and need to lose weight in tremendous amounts. As soups are easy to digest, having it before a meal reduces your appetite, which results in weight loss.

Unless the soup is full of butter, cream or cheese, you can rely on the health benefits of this magical semi-liquid food served. Instead, the best way is to enrich your soup with extra fibrous vegetables, beans, lentils and meats. And lastly, if you need to avoid sodium, check the labels and opt for the low-sodium variety.