High Protein Foods for Bodybuilding

Protein is needed in the body for muscle building. That means that eating enough protein is important for any bodybuilder. Here’s a list of the top 20 high protein foods for bodybuilding that you can use to meet your quota of protein for the day.

Beef Jerky
13g per 1oz
Instead of reaching for high-salt chips and pretzels that contain almost no nutritional value, try snacking on high-protein beef jerky instead. High quality brands will offer lower sodium options that are still delicious.

Chicken Breast
24g per 3oz
Ah, chicken, the king of bodybuilder diets everywhere. This lean, protein-packed poultry is a staple for a variety of mouth-watering dishes.

Cottage Cheese
14g per ½ cup
Cottage cheese contains casein, a protein that digests slowly, making it a delicious and stable snack. It comes in different varieties with lower salt and fat options. Determining the needs of your body type will help pick which option is best for you.

Dried Lentils
13g per ¼ cup
Lentils can take some getting used to if you haven’t tried them before, but they’re cheap and contain plenty of protein and fiber.

8g per ½ cup
Edamame is one of my secret favorites. Of course, the way I like it covered in salt is not nearly as healthy as the unsalted version. Drizzle with lemon juice or hot sauce for a healthier alternative.

6g per large egg
Eggs can be scrambled, made into an omelet, and eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They’re versatile and can be made many different ways.

Frozen Greek Yogurt
6g per ½ cup
A higher-protein alternative to ice cream, frozen yogurt packs in the protein while also giving you the sweet and creamy taste you crave.

Greek Yogurt
23g per 8oz
My favorite way to eat Greek yogurt is with granola, low-sugar fruit, and a little honey. Watch the sugar and fat content on flavored store-bought varieties.

90% Lean Ground Beef
18g per 3oz
I rarely ever use 80/20 beef anymore. 90/10 (or whatever the store has that’s closest) provides the flavor without the grease.

23g per 3oz
Pacific halibut contains a small amount of fat compared to the whopping amount of protein, making it a great choice for white fish.

2% Milk
8g per 1 cup
2% milk contains a small amount of fat that makes it easier to digest Vitamin D. It contains a decent amount of protein, omegas, and vitamins.

Mixed Nuts
6g per 2oz
Mixed nuts offer a flavorful variety to your snacks. Peanuts, cashews, almonds, and others are combined to create a high protein snack you can take practically anywhere.

Navy Beans
20g per 1 cup
Navy beans are a cheap, nutritious part of any diet, but they’re a great way to add protein to a vegetarian or vegan diet. My favorite chili recipes use navy beans for flavor, texture, and protein.

Peanut Butter
8g per 2 tablespoons
Another classic! Peanut butter, along with other nut butters, is a protein heavy snack. Many brands offer low sugar or low-fat versions that are even healthier.

Sockeye (Wild) Salmon
23g per 3oz
Salmon is well known for its healthy omega fatty acids, but this fish also provides a massive amount of protein for a delicious and healthy meal.

Top or Bottom Round Steak
23g per 3oz
Lean steak provides a delicious and more economical cut of beef that cooks to a perfect medium-rare.

Swiss Cheese
8g per 1oz
Swiss cheese contains more protein than other common cheeses, making it a great option for high-protein sandwiches and snacks.

12g per 3oz
Tofu is a meat substitute that contains soy protein. It can be great in stir-fry’s, stews, or just baked to a crisp.

Whey Protein Powder
24g per scoop
Whey protein is a fast-digesting protein that is convenient to mix with water or milk after a workout. It can be an easy meal for breakfast or after a workout.

Yellowfin Tuna
25g per 3oz
Yellowfin tuna is high quality protein that contains a good number of vitamins and antioxidants while packing in good fats.

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