Become a Protein Pro

Power up with protein! Protein-rich foods such as meats, poultry, beans, seafood, eggs, and nuts and seeds are vital for health because protein helps maintain the body, including boosting your metabolism, increasing your muscle strength, and more. Learn all about Protein at ChooseMyPlate.gov, including why it’s important to make lean or low-fat choices from the Protein Foods Group.

For a satisfying breakfast that tastes great and helps keep hunger at bay, make yourself a protein-rich avocado omelette. Eggs are an excellent source of complete protein. This Tomato, cheese and avocado omelette recipe from Taste Magazine results in a fluffy, fresh, and fabulous omelette that offers 26g of protein. If you want, you can boost the protein in this dish by adding in a lean meat such as chicken sausage. For less grams of protein you can cut the recipe in half or share your omelette with a family member or friend.

Lunch like you mean it with Cooking Light’s Chickpea Spinach Salad. Chicken breast is one of the most popular protein-rich foods, and the additions of spinach, blood orange, and chickpeas round out this meal. Chickpeas are considered part of the Protein Foods Group, but they’re also part of the Vegetable Group because they provide a lot of dietary fiber.

There’s nothing fishy about salmon. It’s a superfood. The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon are very good for heart health, and salmon is a good source of protein and low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Make our restaurant-quality Salmon with Whole Grain Mustard Glaze for your next dinner party or for a fast, flavorful family meal during the week.

To keep your protein picks fresh, read MyPlate’s 10 Tips: Vary Your Protein Routine.