Protein is a powerful thing. Whether you are looking to build lean body muscle, lose weight, increase your energy or improve heart health, studies continue to show that consuming high-protein foods have many health benefits. Be sure to include an adequate amount of lean protein in your balanced diet!

Choose lean proteins, such as:

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Lean beef
  • Egg whites
  • Fish
  • Greek yogurt
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Lentils
  • Canadian bacon

And, you can try our favorite protein powders and on-the-go snacks:

Find healthy ways to eat lean meats for dinner with recipes on our Meat Mains and 7-Ingredient Meals pages. Plus, here are 6 Slender Seven recipes to help you kickstart your morning and hit your daily protein goals:

1) CHOCOLATE "FROSTING"

Chocolate "Frosting"

1 avocado

1-2 tablespoons So Delicious Orginial coconut milk creamer

3 servings organic, vegan chocolate protein powder

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Himalayan pink sea salt

 

Combine ingredients in a food processor with a dash of sea salt and pulse until creamy. Makes 4 servings [Per serving: 200 calories, 11 g fat, 16g carb, 8g fiber, 1g sugar, 17g protein].

 

2) CAKE BATTER SMOOTHIE

Cake Batter Smoothie

1 frozen banana

1 serving organic, vegan protein powder (vanilla or chocolate) 

2 tablespoons coconut flour (such as Nutiva)

1 tablespoon So Delicious French Vanilla Almondmilk creamer

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 packet Truvia

¼ teaspoon vanilla

 

Combine ingredients in a blender until creamy. Makes 1 smoothie [Per serving: 290 calories, 7g fat, 40g carbs, 13g fiber, 17g protein, 22g protein].

 

3) PB PUMPKIN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

PB Pumpkin Protein Smoothie

½ frozen banana

½ cup organic pumpkin puree

2 tablespoons PB2

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 serving organic protein powder

 

Combine ingredients in a blender until creamy. Serves 1 [260 calories, 6g fat, 31g carbs, 13g fiber, 13g sugar, 26g protein].

 

4) ALMOND BUTTER MOUSSE

Almond Butter Mousse

3/4 cup 1% cottage cheese

1 tablespoon Justin's Vanilla Almond Butter

1 teaspoon natural sweetener (honey, agave, maple, Truvia)

1 cup raspberries

 

Mix the cottage cheese, almond butter and sweetener in a food processor until creamy. Top with the raspberries. Serves 1 [280 calories, 9.5g fat, 26g carbs, 10g fiber, 13g sugar, 26g protein].

 

5) LEAN & GREEN SMOOTHIE

Lean & Green Smoothie

1 scoop Garden of Life Raw Fit Protein Powder

1 frozen banana

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

½ cup kale

½ cup spinach

1 packet Truvia

 

Combine the ingredients in a blender until creamy. Serves 1 [340 calories, 6g fat, 42g carbs, 11g fiber, 14g sugar, 31g protein].

6) PB PROTEIN FROYO

½ frozen banana

1 scoop Garden of Life RAW Fit Vanilla protein powder

2 tablespoons PB2

1  packet stevia

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Food process the frozen banana and vanilla extract until creamy. Add in the protein powder, PB2 and stevia pulsing to create an ice cream-like consistency. Scoop into a bowl and enjoy. Serves 1: 270 calories, 2.5g fat, 30g carbs, 10g fiber, 8g sugar, 34g protein].