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10 Protein-Rich Foods to Add to Your Diet

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Although commonly overlooked in some diet and weight loss plans, protein is an important part of the human diet. While you may want to cut down on fat, you don’t want to eliminate essential proteins from your diet. Eating healthy doesn’t have to create a protein dilemma, however. There are many ways to find whole, natural foods that contain high amounts of protein. Read on to discover some of the top foods to keep your diet healthy and packed with protein!

10. Eggs

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The humble egg has been unfairly vilified over the years as a primary offender, along with bacon, on the breakfast plate. But eggs are not completely bad for you; they have high amounts of protein and some of their health value has to do with how they’re cooked. A hard-boiled egg can be healthier than one prepared scrambled or sunny side up, for example. Eggs also contain other kinds of helpful nutritients, such as choline, which is known to help boost brain development, especially in children.

9. Avocado

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The avocado has a lot going for it. Along with its creamy texture and unique taste, which are two qualities that make guacamole so popular, the avocado also has a decent amount of protein. It’s a familiar part of Mexican and Latino cooking and something that can go great in a variety of wraps, sandwiches and salads.

8. Nuts

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All sorts of nuts have high levels of protein. For example, a handful of walnuts, cashews or even peanuts can give you a protein boost as a small snack during the day. Nuts are a great way to get raw whole foods into your diet and get a good amount of protein at the same time. In many ways, nuts are like nature’s energy bars. They condense a lot of health value into something small enough to carry around in your pocket, and they can sit on the shelf for weeks or even months, making them an ideal on-the-go snack food.

7. Yogurt

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In terms of perishability, some high-protein foods do better than others. Although yogurt is a little more high maintenance, it’s a rather tasty way to get more protein into your diet with minimal effort. Yogurt can be great paired with other whole food items like fruit or nuts, as well, for a healthy and delicious meal or snack that’s packed with protein.

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