Protein is a powerful nutrient that not only helps to strengthen lean mass in the body, but also keeps you fuller longer.  Therefore it is the perfect nutrient to add to your favorite foods to make them more nutritious, while still keeping them delicious. Use this list of ten tips to add protein and extra nutrition to your favorite foods and recipes.

  • Add Greek yogurt as a base for dips, sauces, smoothies, milkshakes, and as a lower fat substitute for butter in recipes to add creaminess
  • Use crushed almonds or walnuts for a base to pie crusts
  • Use avocado as a substitute for mayonnaise or mix with a vinaigrette dressing to make an antioxidant-rich and creamy dressing for salads
  • Add beans such as black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, or soybeans to salads or soups
  • Add lean beef, chicken, seafood, or tofu to pasta sauces too add volume and protein to your pasta dishes or casseroles
  • Add crushed almonds or pistachios, along with Greek yogurt, to add a protein-packed and delicious punch of protein to your smoothies
  • Use 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, or 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt mixed with a teaspoon or two of honey as a dip for sliced apples or your other favorite fruits
  • Add tofu or beans to ground beef or turkey, or add the tofu and beans together with an egg, for protein-packed alternatives to your standard burger
  • Use crumbled tofu along with some low-fat shredded cheese as an alternative to ricotta cheese in Italian dishes to add a lower fat protein source to such recipes
  • Add low-fat cheese to baked goods recipes such as bread or cornbread muffins to add extra protein and flavor