Protein is the building block of virtually every part and function of your body. It promotes strong and healthy muscles, it gives you energy, it aids in hormone production and so much more. That's why it's important to get plenty of protein in your diet. Your best bet is to spread your intake out over the course of the day to ensure that you are getting enough. The average woman needs about 46 grams of protein each day, thought that number may fluctuate a bit based on your age, activity level, health status and weight. Following is a list of the top 50 healthy sources of protein. Load your grocery cart with these and you're all set for a week of healthy eating and feeling great!
1. Chicken Breast
Protein: 54 grams per 6 ounces
“Skinless, white-meat chicken breast is the leanest animal protein. It barely has 3 grams of fat and provides 25% of your Vitamin B6 allotment for the day, as well as a bit of Vitamin B12. To avoid boredom, prepare it with sauces like coconut milk, turmeric curry, or kale pesto.”
-Monica Auslander, R.D., founder of Essence Nutrition in Miami