Top 10 Protein-Rich Foods for Weight Loss

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6. Quinoa

Vanilla Quinoa and Roasted Blueberry Breakfast Bowl

Quinoa has a superfood reputation for a reason! This little seed is a complete protein (like meat) so it contains all nine amino acids the body needs. It’s also packed full with other nutrients, making it one of the best foods for weight loss. Here are some ways to integrate quinoa into any meal.

7. Oats

Oats are a fantastic plant-based protein. This protein-rich grain contains little gluten, making it relatively safe for those on low-gluten diets (but, of course, not as safe as avoiding gluten entirely). It also makes a hearty and filling breakfast – just avoid smothering it with sugars and fats. This recipe for Peach, Cherry, and Almond Overnight Oats makes a fruity, healthy breakfast.

8. Broccoli

Broccoli contains eight of the nine amino acids a body needs, making it close to a complete protein. It is packed full of vitamins and potassium, as well as fiber to keep you feeling full. Consider steaming or stir-frying broccoli instead of boiling it, as many of those vitamins happen to be water-soluble. Try out this Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry for a delicious serving of protein and vitamins.

9. Fish

There isn’t a whole lot of bad things we can say about fish. It packs a ton of protein without all the fat and calories that red meat contains. It’s also an important source of omega-3 fatty acids. Avoid farm-raised fish if you want the most nutritional benefits. We love tuna and wild salmon because of their distinct flavors that taste great in practically any dish. Choose from our Top 10 Fresh Fish Recipes to try out some new, zesty options.

10. Chickpeas

Chickpeas not only contain a ton of plant-based protein, but they’re also full of fiber, potassium, vitamins, and minerals. They makes an excellent addition to any diet, but especially a vegetarian and vegan diets. Some of the healthiest diets on the planet contain chickpeas, and you can easily add them to your favorite foods. Toss these Honey Roasted Chickpeas over a salad or have them alone as a snack!

For some ideas on how to add more protein into your diet, check out 15 High-Protein Low-Carb Dinner Recipes and 5-Day High-Protein Vegetarian Meal Plan.

What’s your favorite high-protein food? What are your go-to foods for weight loss? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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