08 April 2020

8 High Protein Foods You Must Include In Your Diet For Fit Abs

By Jasmine Gomez

Slogging in the gym is one aspect of building abs, you also need to take special care of your diet. Here are 8 protein-rich foods like you can include.

8. Quinoa

Quinoa also packs a strong protein-punch; a quarter cup (uncooked) has up to 8g of protein. Quinoa often makes a great substitute for starchy rice and pasta, and you can use it in a salad and even toss some vegetables and cook it like a light, healthy pulao.

7. Nuts

Nuts get a bad rep because they are considered relatively fatty, but they are a powerhouse of unsaturated fat (the good kind) and protein. Cashews, almonds, pistachios, and peanuts harbor higher amounts of proteins than other nuts like hazelnuts.

6. Lentils and Pulses

Another excellent source of protein comes via lentils. One cup of cooked lentils provides about 18g of protein and 15g of fibre, and it has virtually no saturated fat or sodium

5. Tofu

Tofu is a good source of protein and contains all eight essential amino acids. 100 grams of tofu contains 8 grams of protein. 

4. Chicken

Chicken is yet another member of the lean meat category. Lean meat is a broad category used to define 'white' meat, poultry or fish that has lower calories and fat content as compared to its fatty red counterparts. In addition to this, poultry is also a good source of selenium, vitamins B3 and B6, and choline.

3. Fish

Fish is an incredible source of lean protein. Unlike the protein found in red meat like bacon, the lean protein found in fish is light in nature. You can try innumerable preparations, make sure it is low on salt and oil. Grilled or steamed fish is better than fried. Go for salmon and tuna. 

2. Beans

Along with abundant plant-based protein, beans also contain soluble and insoluble fiber that keep our digestive system healthy and active. It also helps keep constipation at bay. Make sure you team them with whole grains to get a complete set of amino acids. 

1. Eggs

With their high-quality proteins and fat-soluble vitamins, eggs are the perfect delicious treats for anyone looking to lose weight or build muscles. You could have them scrambled with veggies, or have an omelet. 100 grams of egg whites has about 11 grams of proteins.

Include these in your diet and see the change for yourself.

Jasmine Gomez is an editorial assistant of Women’s Health and covers health, fitness, sex, culture and cool products. 

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