6 Appetizing Protein-Rich Foods

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team


Are you looking for a high-protein diet for your weight loss or muscle-building journey? Or already on a protein diet, and bored of your daily scrambled eggs? Do not worry. Here we have listed six delicious protein-rich foods other than eggs, three for vegans and three for non-vegetarians.



1) Chicken


Of all the protein foods, chicken has a high amount of protein and is the most delicious of all. A roasted chicken breast contains about 53 grams of lean protein and accounts for up to more than half of the recommended daily intake. Thinking of high-protein food for your diet? Chicken is the most appropriate. As most calories in chicken come from proteins, it is by far one of the best-suited dishes for people on a diet.

2) Lean Red Meat


Lean red meat is a food that is rich in protein, and every ounce of steak contains about 6 grams of protein. While on a diet, a wise selection of the type of meat is necessary. If you wish sticking to a low-carbohydrate diet, choose lean steak. Lean red meat is a good choice as it also contains 2.1 grams of iron per serving and can boost your hemoglobin.


3) Tuna


If you want good sea fish to boost your protein intake, then Tuna is the most preferable option. Tuna contains about 33 grams of protein when cooked, and raw fish has about 20 grams of protein. Despite the good amount of protein, it also contains omega-3 fatty acid, which is an essential fat needed for cardio health.

4) Cottage Cheese


Although not given enough preference, if you are on a diet, you can take cottage cheese as a good brunching dish as it gives a feeling of satiety. Half a cup of cottage cheese contains about 12 grams of protein and also is a good source of calcium.

5) Black Beans


Black beans are a good protein option that does not require more time to prepare. Just soak, rinse, boil and readily add it to soups, nachos, or tacos. It contains about 7 grams of protein and 2 mg of iron. If you are a vegan and wish to stick to a protein diet, then black beans are a good choice.

6) Pumpkin Seeds


Nuts and seeds contain an ample amount of healthy fats. It also has a good amount of protein which gives a feel of satiation and helps keep your hunger at arm’s length. An ounce of pumpkin seeds contains about 8 grams of protein and also some amount of iron and magnesium.

Protein is not always about eggs, and there are several other foods that contain enormous amounts of protein. Even when consumed in moderate amounts, proteins give the body the needed calories. Stick to a protein-rich diet. It gives a feeling of fullness and prevents unnecessary snacking.


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