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Top 7 Unexpected Foods Bursting With Protein!

There are a number of reasons why we love this incredible macronutrient. For starters, it helps repair, build and maintain muscle enabling you to maximise the benefits of those tough training sessions.

It even manages blood sugar levels, curbs hunger, boosts energy and stokes the fire of your fat burning metabolism.

It is an all-round nutrient Titan.

On average, we need a minimum of 1g per pound of bodyweight, which, when you think about it, is a lot.

Yes, chowing down lean meats like our customer fave Grass Fed Irish Rumps, Award Winning Chicken Breast Fillets or vast range of sustainable Fish will help put a dent in those towering targets, but it is unlikely you’ll reach them through meat and meat alone.

Luckily, though, the supermarket shelves are bursting with unexpected sources of natural protein with which you could supercharge your meals, chomp more protein for your pound and give your body the best chance to form those herculean muscles...

Crickets

The Magnificent 7

1. Bugs

BeansFrom bug burgers to Crickets on a stick, critters are the way forward in ramping up your protein intake with roughly 5-7g per 10g serving (depending on the bug).

They're also low in carbs and fat, and they're surprisingly tasty adding crunch to yoghurts, pizza toppings and pasta!

2. Sardines

It may be hard to believe but these canned swimmers contain roughly 25g of protein per 120g tin!

They're also a great source of Vitamin D and Omega-3 but they can be pretty salty so soak them in cold water for up to 30 minutes before draining, drying and eating.

3. Beans

BeansBeans are absolute powerhouses of body boosting nutrients, especially protein. They're low in fat, cholesterol free and there is a huge range of them to satisfy even the most discerning of diners.

Some beans naturally have more protein than others with Navy, Black and Soy arguably coming out on top with 22g, 22g and 17g per 100g respectively.

4. Frozen Peas

Peas belong to the same family as beans - legumes - which are known for having a great nutritional value.

With a 64g serving of these sub-zero nutrient heroes you'll receive a tasty 7g of protein plus a stack of fibre which will help curb those junk food cravings.

Greek Yoghurt

5. Greek Yoghurt

A 100g serving of this rich, smooth and deliciously creamy yoghurt will provide your body with 10g of our favourite muscle building nutrient as well as a hefty dollop of calcium and probiotic bacteria.

6. Wheat Germ

Just 2 tablespoons of wheat germ contains 6g of protein as well as a multitude of other essential vitamins and minerals.

It's also incredibly versatile and can be added to your shakes, yoghurt or morning porridge to give your meals a nutritious boost.

7. Chorizo

Chorizo

Many following a protein rich diet shy away from the deli counter especially when prepping for a competition to help keep fats low.

But with 21g of protein per 85g serving, traditional Spanish Chorizo will not only power up your protein intake but will add some extra 'flava' to your home cooked meals!

The list of unexpectedly high protein foods could go on forever, so next time you’re filling that trolley why not think outside the box to make sure you’re meeting your protein targets in the most delicious ways possible.

But maybe you already do! So tell us, what are your most favourite, yet unexpectedly protein packed foods (NO meat allowed)? Let us know on Facebook. You never know, we might even get them up on site for you...