We’re told time and time again that protein fuels the body and is key in losing weight and keeping it off. But, in reality, how many times a day, or week, can you resort to the same sources: lean chicken, fish and turkey? Consider these 10 out-of-the-box ways to get your daily dose.
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Lenny & Larry’s The Complete Cookie ($13 for 12)
Fitness bloggers and celebrity trainers alike have fallen hard for these protein cookies. With flavors like Birthday Cake, Snickerdoodle, Lemon Poppy Seed and about a half dozen more, these super filling vegan and non-GMO cookies taste like their homemade and have the added benefit of vegetable protein and four grams of fiber.
Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bites ($29 for 15)
You may know of Bulletproof from its coffee, but its shortbread collagen bites (they come in vanilla and fudge brownie) are sure to make you a fan. Small enough to stash in your purse, these small, on-the-go, low in sugar bars are loaded with grass-fed collagen protein (it’s similar to what’s found in bone broth) to support your joints, skin and muscles and satisfy your sweet-tooth cravings, too.
Fit Food Fresh Peanut Butter Balls and Nutella Energy Balls ($6 for 5)
Made with nutella and peanut butter, these protein balls each contain 19 grams of protein and are loaded with other good-for-you ingredients like flax and chia seeds.
Isopure Tea ($26 for 12)
For the most part, when you think of a drink with protein, you assume it’s going to be a thick shake, not a tea. But Isopure Teas go one step further than your average protein shake and infuse both green tea and black tea flavors with milk protein—it’s apparently so purse that you can see it in the bottle—and antioxidants, and a touch of caffeine to keep you fueled, too.
Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet, and so are probiotics. The folks over at Goodbelly were smart to make a shake that incorporates both into a single bottle so that you get 15 grams of plant-based protein and 40 billion probiotic cultures in each serving.
The must-have ingredient for whipping up protein-packed pancakes, toasts and specialty snacks, these can be enjoyed on top of fruit, in a smoothie or straight out of the jar.
So much healthier than your average chips, these contain 10 grams of protein so that you get some nutritional benefit to your snack.
Protein-packed ice cream is obviously a trending category, and this one combines flavor and creamy texture into one. Low in fat, calories and sugar, yet rich in fiber and protein, indulging in this ice cream won’t leave you feeling guilty.
Halo Top Ice Cream ($7)
Although these ice creams taste like the real deal—they’re made with organic stevia instead of processed and refined sugar—they’re also chock-full of protein and way less fat and carbohydrates than some of the most popular and tried-and-true ice cream brands. One bite and you won’t even realize that you’re eating a good-for-you version that only has 60 calories per half cup.