When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight, productive energy levels, and a clear mind you’re going to want to fuel your body with the best. Enter, clean protein!
While healthy fats and carbohydrates are an important part of a well-rounded diet, proteins are the building blocks of our bodies and therefore an important fuel source. Studies show that a high-protein diet can account for a number of health benefits:
- Adding more protein to your diet can help curb hunger and cravings because it keeps you feeling fuller longer
- Protein helps to maintain muscle mass during weight loss
- A high-protein diet helps to increase your metabolism
Eating an appropriate amount of protein on a daily basis will help you to feel more energized and satisfied. We’ve shared a list of some of our top clean and lean protein options to help you get through your day and stay on track while working towards your health and fitness goals.
With 8 grams of protein per serving quinoa is one of the cleanest and most versatile vegetarian protein options. Make it sweet or savory–quinoa can be enjoyed with any meal as an added side or hearty base.
Loaded with fiber, iron, and magnesium it’s the total package for our vegetarian friends who are looking to nourish both body and mind. For our busy parents and on-the-go athletes we recommend giving our Chocolate Quinoa Protein Bites a try. Enjoy them in between meeting or as a post-workout recovery treat.
Nuts and seeds
Almonds and walnuts, sunflower, chia and flax seeds–all of these nutty treats have one thing in common, they’re loaded with protein! For those of us who enjoy a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle nuts and seeds are an excellent addition to a healthy, high-protein diet.
Beginning each day with a healthy serving of protein will help you to remain energized and full all the way through to lunchtime. Need a little recipe inspiration? Try meal prepping our Morning Matcha Chia Pudding the night before a big day and you’ll be ready to go!
Legumes are one of our favorite protein varieties. Just one cup of beans contains roughly 40 grams of protein–talk about chalk full! By adding a healthy serving of pinto, kidney, or white beans to any soup you will up the ante in the protein department and create a more satisfying and flavorful dish like our White Bean and Kale Soup recipe.
Looking for an easier, on-the-go option for incorporating legumes into your diet? Try our Supergreens Hummus recipe and enjoy all the delicious benefits of garbanzo beans – perfect with pita chips, raw veggies, or by the spoonful (don’t knock it till you try it)!
Orgain Collagen Peptides are the perfect boost of grass-fed protein for busy, on-the-go people. With 18 grams of protein and 20 grams of collagen in just two scoops the weight lifter in you will reap the benefits of the added joint and muscle recovery along with the pre-workout fuel.
Add it to water, your post-workout protein smoothie, or your coffee first thing in the morning for a healthy glow and extra vitality!
Plant-based Protein Powders
Another plant-based option for our vegetarian and vegan friends or those working towards a plant-based diet are our plant-based protein powders. Free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and dyes makes them a healthier, cleaner, organic alternative to other powders currently on the market. With 8 delicious flavors to choose from Orgain Organic Plant-based Protein Powders are the perfect addition to any smoothie, baked good, or your simply shaken with water or your favorite nut milk.
Looking for a sweet, protein packed treat? Give Sierra Nielsen’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins a go! They’re the perfect in-season and on-the-go healthy option.
However you choose to incorporate more protein into your diet, focus on clean, organic options because fueling your body with the best will help you to feel your best!