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Title: Which foods are high in protein

Message I need to know some foods that are high in protein.

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  1. Quinoa is very high in protein for a grain. Combining rice and beans makes a protein. Of course your meat and fish and eggs.

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    1. re: coastie

      This is kimberly13 and this was my first time using chowhounding topics Thanks for the replys.

      1. re: coastie

        yes, quinoa is actually considered a complete food because it contains every amino acid.

      2. Yeah, can you be a little more specific?

        1. High in protein, how?

          High in protein relative to its total calories?

          High in protein in terms of the suggested DV?

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            There may be thousands of such sites, but if you wanna try an easy one, calorieking.com is good, just put in the food name and it gives all kinds of nutrition data.

            1. Any meat or fish is high in protein...lentils are the highest non-meat source of protein after soybeans (I'm pretty sure) well, here's some info:

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lentil

              1. Besides the obvious (meat), Fage yogurt.

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                1. re: Lucia

                  Love, love, love Fage. I cannot eat regular yogurt but I was always able to eat tatziki. I tried Fage and I am addicted. If you get the 0%, there's no fat, very few calories, and tons of protein. Just add a little honey, bc it's not sweetened. Grape-nuts are good on top too. Or fresh fruit. You will never eat regular yogurt again (and shouldn't....compare the nutrional facts of Fage to regular yogurt....you might as well eat ice cream.)

                    1. re: carey24

                      do you mean regular *sweetened* yogurt? because I'm sure plain regular low fat yogurt is just as good for you as fage, just with a different texture.

                      1. re: Halie

                        I agree with Halie. If you read the label on plain, unsweetened yogurt -- yogurt made from milk and yogurt cultures, period -- you may be surprised at how much sugar it has. A lot of people look at it and think "this must have sugar added." But it's not added sugar, it's naturally occuring lactose. Same with milk. Fage has less lactose (and hence fewer grams sugar per volume) because to make it they drain off much of the whey and thus some of the lactose. Unless you think there's something intrinsically wrong with sugar in any form, there's no reason to avoid lactose-containing yogurt.

                        1. re: jlafler

                          Except medically I cannot eat regular yogurt. Only Greek yogurt. I don't funny understand the difference bc I drink milk and eat dairy regularly, so it's not a lactose thing, but have never been able to eat regular yogurt.

                          1. re: carey24

                            That's interesting. Maybe the issue is the type of lactobacilli or combination of lactobacilli used in different yogurts. Or it could be that non-fat yogurt is often thickened with gelatin and there's something about the gelatin that disagrees with you.

                            But in your first post you did say "you shouldn't" eat regular yogurt (not "I can't eat regular yogurt"). And you implied that there was some specific problem with regular yogurt that would be obvious to anybody who read the nutrition facts label. I'm just trying to figure out what you meant by that.

                  1. Beans (black beans, garbanzos, adzukis, kidney beans, pintos, etc), lentils, nuts, seeds, and quinoa are healthy sources of protein.

                    1. Tuna fish and cottage cheese are both loaded with protein and (so long as you buy 0%), both are low in fat.

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                      1. re: JungMann

                        But watch out for the mercury in the tuna...

                      2. my favorite protein source is egg whites - omelette, hard boiled, poached, whatever. lean and yummy.

                        1. Nuts, dairy products, meats, fish...

                          1. One way to think about this is to think in terms of protein plus whatever other macronutrients.

                            The only food I can think of that's nearly pure protein is egg whites. Some brands of tofu come pretty close.

                            Meat, chicken, fish, cheeses, nuts, seeds, peanuts: protein plus fat
                            Fat-free yogurt, milk: protein plus carbohydrate (lactose, which is a sugar)
                            Full fat dairy products, tofu: protein plus lactose and fat
                            Legumes (aka beans, pulses), quinoa: protein plus carbohydrate (starch)

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                            1. re: jlafler

                              Peanut butter.........ahhhhhhhh, peanut butter.

                              1. re: dolores

                                Hummus is considerd a complete protein.

                                1. re: Sean

                                  Yes, but can you make a hummus and jelly sandwich?

                                  JK, hummus is delish.

                                  1. re: dolores

                                    Ewww.

                                    Well, maybe a hummus and jalapeno jelly sandwich.

                              2. re: jlafler

                                I wrote: "Full fat dairy products, tofu: protein plus lactose and fat." That's wrong. Should be something like "Tofu, full-fat or reduced-fat dairy products: protein plus carbohydrate and fat."

                              3. You can eat what bodybuilders eat when all they want is pure protein

                                1. Egg whites
                                2. Canned tuna (packed in water)
                                3. Skinless boiled chicken breast

                                1. Protein shakes. Generally there are two kinds of powders, ones that have more calories and carbs, and ones with about half the calories and almost no carbs. Obviously, the first one tends to taste better. Each scoop will give you about 18 grams of protein. I have found Muscle Milk Light's strawberry flavor to be really good. I blend it with skim milk and frozen mixed berries. Makes a great summer treat.