You’ve heard you need to have a sufficient amount of protein, but why exactly? Well, as WebMD points out, there are many ways your body uses protein – so it’s quite important you get healthy doses of it on the regular. Sources note that you should be getting around 50-grams of protein per day (slightly more for men than women).
Not only does your body use protein to build and repair tissues, it’s also an “important building block” of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and even blood, adds the source. Unlike some vitamins and nutrients, you actually need quite a bit of protein for optimal health – so without eating more, let’s look at 13 foods (meat and veggie) that will deliver a bigger protein punch…
1. An Eggcellent Source
Pardon the pun, but if you don’t have an aversion (or allergy) to eggs, then you should consider adding it to your diet if you haven’t already. Healthline.com notes whole eggs – meaning the egg whites and the yolk – are considered “superfoods,” meaning you’ll get protein along with a lot of other good stuff.
The source says an a single hard-boiled egg contains 6-grams of protein, 5-grams of healthy fats, along with vitamins A, B5, B12, B2, B6, D, E, K, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and selenium. Hard to find another food that has this much nutritional value… although the yolks are high in cholesterol.