Protein only meal ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

Several weight-loss programs, including Atkins, South Beach and The Zone, advocate a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet. Protein is also one of the major building blocks for a healthy body. Eliminating carbs from your diet and increasing protein intake will change some of your normal breakfast, lunch and dinner meals. Get inspiration from protein-only meals and prepare delicious food that will help you stick to your diet.


Start out a protein-only diet by preparing an omelette with chopped green peppers and diced ham. Eat it plain or top it with grated cheese. Add a side of sausage or bacon for a protein-packed meal. Yet another alternative is a prepared protein shake, which usually contains whey---a high-protein supplement.


Try sliced grilled chicken or turkey breast and sliced cheese wrapped in a spinach leaf for a high-protein "sandwich." Add a hard-boiled egg and a protein bar as sides. Green salad with certain vegetables are perfect---peas, green peppers, lettuce, spinach, okra, watercress, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are particularly good choices. Spread some tuna on a spinach leaf to make tasty mini wraps. A chilli made of beans and minced meat is another high-protein lunch option.


Prepare high-protein dinners using a variety of seafood and lean meats as the entrées. Seafood options include salmon, swordfish, tuna, haddock lobster and shrimp. Avoid breaded versions of these meal options. Lean steak, a grilled beef patty, pork chops and lamb chops are nice alternatives to chicken and turkey breasts. As sides, consider steamed vegetables, such as zucchini, broccoli or mangetout. Other side options include green beans, cabbage slaw, beans, or cottage cheese.


Protein-packed snacks include raw broccoli, beef jerky, a protein bar, and celery and peanut butter. Red pepper spears and fresh mangetout provide protein and crunch. Other choices are olives, cheddar cheese cubes or a hard-boiled egg.

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