Meat Shortage? Time to Stock Up On These Protein-Packed Foods

With virus outbreaks occurring in meat plants across the country two things are certain, meat will be in even shorter supply than it already is and the amount you spend will go up.

But, with most folks relying on meat as their primary source of protein, some dietary adjustments are going to have to be made to ensure that you continue to have adequate amounts of this key nutrient.

Because eating less protein is simply not an option.

Without enough protein your energy levels take a nosedive and you begin to lose your muscle strength.

Plus, your skin begins to sag, aging you beyond your years.

Thankfully, protein can be found in loads of non-meat foods, like eggs.

If you’ve been reading my newsletter for a while, you know I love my eggs and eat them several days a week.

Three large eggs will net you about 19 grams of high-quality protein, critical nutrients like selenium and choline.

Another great protein source is almonds.

Almonds deliver 6 grams of protein per ounce.

And since they’re ready to eat right out of the bag, they’re one of the quickest and easiest ways to fuel your body with essential protein, no cooking required.

Eat them on their own, or chop them up to add some crunch and added flavor to your yogurt, salads, and oatmeal.

Speaking of yogurt, if you enjoy a cup, opt for the Greek varieties over the traditional kind.

An 8-oz. serving of Greek yogurt provides about 17–20 grams of protein, depending on the brand, about twice the amount of traditional yogurt.

Nut butters can also give your meals a protein boost.

(Look for brands without added sugar.)

Just 2 tablespoons of peanut butter deliver 8 grams of protein.

And, you’ll get 7 grams of protein from the same amount of almond butter.

Spread on bread, or use it as a dip for veggie sticks and cut up fruit.

Cottage cheese is another great satisfying protein-packed option.

In fact, one cup of cottage cheese gives you a whopping 25 grams of protein.

Cottage cheese has a mild flavor, so I like to add some fresh berries to sweeten it up.

Ever tried edamame?

If you haven’t, you’re missing out on a delicious, protein-packed food.

Edamame is simply steamed soybeans in their unripened form.

And, no other legume carries more protein than soybeans.

One cup of edamame has 17 grams of protein.

I usually get edamame frozen, but you can sometimes find it fresh in your produce section.

Enjoy the legume as a snack. Or, throw it into your stir-fry.

Look, there’s no doubt a meat shortage is coming.

In many areas of the country, the shortage is already here.

But there’s no need to panic and start packing freezers with chicken and beef.

Other fulfilling, delicious protein-loaded foods exist, and are widely available.

Give them a try to keep your protein levels up, and save room in your freezer.

Stay safe out there.

And if you’d like to see another easy (& delicious) way to add more protein into your daily diet, go here.

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