With so much conflicting (and often confusing) media around how to get enough protein, it's hard to discern just which advice to follow for your own diet. It seems everyone is either buzzing about the latest protein bar, supplement, powder, or shake, and explaining why protein is the key to any exercise regimen. But how much of this nutrient do you really need, and what is the best way to get it?
According to Self, the recommended daily allowance of protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight, meaning it's a little different for everyone. As far as the best way to give your body the protein it needs, you can't beat choosing whole foods that naturally contain the nutrient. In a recent article, Self reveals 10 foods that are low in calories but packed with more protein than an egg (one of the most popular sources of protein due to its versatility and low-calorie count).
As you might imagine, meats like chicken, turkey, and pork make the list. A serving of each contains about 20 to 28 grams of protein and comes in at around 115 to 160 calories. If you prefer fish, turn to tuna, tilapia, or shrimp for your daily protein fix. These protein-packed fish are a lean option and perfect for an easy weeknight meal. Even if you're a vegetarian, you can get your daily recommended amount of protein by incorporating cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, and tofu to your diet. All are high in protein but low in calories, and they're an easy addition to any dish.