I talk about protein quite a bit… and for good reason.
Because many of you simply aren’t getting enough of it.
If you’re over age 50, you likely get only a fraction of the protein you need every day.
And when you don’t get enough protein… your body begins to shut down.
Your energy… zapped.
Muscle strength… gone.
Skin begins to sag, making you look much older than you truly are.
And your brain may be start to feel a bit foggy.
A protein shake is a great way to fill gaps.
But, to ensure you get enough protein needed for true health, your diet must include a good amount of protein.
For many, chicken is a go-to protein source. It’s lean, readily available, and reasonably priced, even when you go organic (which you should if you can).
But sometimes the thought of another chicken dinner just isn’t appetizing.
Here are some of my favorite high-protein dinners… no chicken needed.
Summertime is grill time in our house.
And there’s really few things I love more than a juicy steak on the BBQ.
You know what also tastes great grilled? Peaches.
Paired together, the savory steak and sweet peaches are downright delicious.
Put the grilled steak and peaches on top of a spinach salad, add some pecans for crunch and blue cheese crumbles for a burst of flavor, then drizzle on a nice red wine vinaigrette.
All in, this steak and peach salad packs about 27 grams of protein per serving.
Now that I’m living in Florida, I don’t get as much Tex-Mex as I used to in Texas.
Whenever I’m feeling the need for a meal with a little kick, I make my spicy zucchini & avocado “boats.”
To start, I cut a few zucchini lengthwise and then scoop out the seeds. Sprinkle a little paprika over each one, then set them aside.
Next, I sauté some minced garlic and chopped onions, add in ground turkey, and add some zing with few of my favorite spices like cumin, paprika, and chili powder.
Once the turkey is cooked through, I fill the boats with the ground turkey mixture and sprinkle with a little cheddar cheese.
Then the boats go in a 400⁰ oven for about 10-12 minutes.
Serve warm, with a protein-packed salsa made with a combination of avocado, red onion, cilantro and white wine vinegar.
One serving (2 boats) gives you about 27 grams of protein.
These are just two of my favorites.
Other great non-chicken protein sources include eggs, pork and fish, like sea bass, salmon and tuna.
Look, I like chicken as much as the next guy, but even I have my days when I just can’t take another bite of the bird.
When you’re completely over grilled chicken, give one of these options a try.
Editor, Patriot Health Alliance