8 foods that have more protein than an egg

ShutterstockThere are a plenty of foods packed with protein that aren’t eggs.

With six grams of protein, eggs are packed with nutrients to start your day feeling full.

But actually, you can find many sources of protein besides an egg that will give you even more of it. And for all the vegans out there who want to avoid any animal-related food product, they’re also searching for ways to get in their protein.

Read ahead for eight alternative, more protein-filled options than an egg.


1. For those who eat meat but want something easy for travelling, choose turkey bacon as an option.

m01229/FlickrTurkey bacon is a healthy alternative to other breakfast meats.

With 6.5 grams of protein in three pieces, turkey bacon has more protein than one egg, and is sure to leave you full for plenty of hours. Eat with some fruit for breakfast, or pack in a Ziploc bag for a snack that won’t leave you hungry.


2. If you’re feeling hungry, have an ounce of peanuts for more protein.

Christian Schnettelker/FlickrSnack on some peanuts.

Peanuts are plenty easy to eat wherever you are, and the 7.3 grams of protein per ounce will satiate your hunger for a good amount of time. Buy already portioned out, or in large quantities to save money.


3. Get a plant-based source of protein from lentils.

Flickr / Rachel HathawayYou can’t go wrong with lentils and veggies.

Vegans, rejoice! To everyone who asks you where you get your protein – they clearly haven’t done their research. Plant-based folks will know that eating a half-cup of lentils will provide plenty of protein –9 grams, in fact. That’s more protein than found in an egg, so meat-eaters can chill with their protein questions.


4. Plan your meal around salmon, which has protein, vitamins, and healthy fats.

Erin Brodwin / Business InsiderTop your meal off with smoked salmon.

For an American fish-eating diet, salmon is easy to incorporate in any meal – smoked salmon on a bagel for breakfast, cooked salmon topped on a salad for lunch, and as a main dish at dinner with steamed vegetables. With a 3-ounce serving of salmon, you’ll get a whopping 21 to 22 grams of protein. Sounds like a good deal.


5. It may not be kosher, but pork loin does have 23 grams of protein in a three-ounce fillet.

anneheathen/FlickrPork loin is packed with protein.

A lean cut of pork does offer a lot of protein, and is a good option to those who do eat it.


6. Chicken is a dependable source of protein that’s easy to cook up.

ShutterstockGrilled chicken is a classic source of protein.

Throw together a lunch box with a chopped chicken salad, or have for dinner with a side of baked potato and fresh greens. Chicken breast, a lean white meat, serves 43 grams of protein for one cup.


7. The vegan Beyond Meat burger has a generous amount of protein and is ridiculously good.

Beyond Meat/FacebookThat’s not meat!

As someone who doesn’t eat meat, I was excited to try the Beyond Meat burger to see if it lived up to the hype: and, well, it does. The burger that looks and tastes like meat has 20 grams of plant-based protein, and tastes so delicious and fatty that you won’t believe it’s made of plants.


8. Drink a Premier Protein shake as a meal replacement – you won’t be hungry, don’t worry.

Premier Protein/FacebookA perfect meal for when you’re on the go.

I’m not huge on skipping out on meals in favour of shakes, but sometimes, you’re so time-crunched and don’t have the minutes for a meal. In those cases, I recommend a Premier Protein shake – they’re delicious, low-calorie, low fat, and come with 30 grams of protein per carton.

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