“I can’t eat enough protein” is something I hear a lot. The thought of eating 100+ grams of protein in a day is just impossible to some people.
The problem is that so many people try to eat the “fitspo” way. Getting that much protein means eating protein bars, protein shakes, protein cookies, etc. For starters, you don’t need ANY of these products. While they can be a great tool to help supplement your diet in a pinch or on the go, they should not be the staples of your diet.
And before you crucify me for the nutritional info in this graphic, I promise all of the numbers are from specific sources. I did not make any of them up. Don’t yell at me.
Animal-derived products tend to be very high protein. There’s a reason why the classic “bro” diet is made up of chicken and rice- because chicken is absolutely loaded with protein! Take an 8oz chicken breast, add 3 eggs, 2 strips of bacon & one serving of greek yogurt and you are already at 100g of protein! No protein bars necessary.
Of course this is just an example, but there are tons of other foods that can help you hit your protein- beef, cheese, & fish, to name a few.
But it’s not only animal products that are high protein- there are a ton of high protein plant-derived foods, too. Black beans, lentils, and edamame are great sources of protein. And I can’t say I’ve ever eaten seitan or tempeh, but both of those are also very high in protein. Combine all of those together and you’ve got yourself 100g as well!
The list certainly doesn’t stop there- there’s nuts, peanut butter, seeds, tofu, etc.
If your day looks like the column on the left, you should try to work some real food into your diet. Not only will it make hitting your protein goals more attainable, but it will make your wallet happy too.