Just the Good Stuff: Low-Fat, High-Protein Foods to Fuel Your Week
Once the workweek starts, it can be difficult to stay on track with a healthy eating plan. Rushed mornings and late nights at the office encourage us to fall back on unhealthy habits—ordering takeout or sustaining ourselves with packaged snacks. When you're committed to an active lifestyle, it's even more important that you fuel your body with the nutrition it needs to build and repair muscle. Low-fat, high-protein foods are essential to a balanced diet, and yet it's not always easy to find healthy recipes that boast this combo. To kick off the week with healthful foods that give you just what your body needs, we've rounded up seven recipes to add to your arsenal. From a protein-packed (and vegan) way to refuel after a morning workout to hearty dinners to satisfy the biggest appetite, these recipes serve up delicious low-fat, high-protein foods that will keep you powering through your week.
Head below for seven recipes packed with low-fat, high-protein foods to fuel your body Sunday through Saturday.
Vegan Post-Workout Protein Porridge
This potent protein-packed recipe is just what your body needs after a morning run or workout session. Laura of The First Mess says to soak the grains and lentils overnight, and then cook them together with almond milk, vanilla, water, and salt. "Once you load up the toppings, you won't even know that the lentils are in the mix," she assures. "They honestly have the same level of chewiness that the oats do, and they help to starch the whole thing up real nice. It's so creamy."
Lentejas de Laura
Claire of The Kitchy Kitchen discovered this recipe while on a trip to Mexico. Originally a soup recipe, she adapted it "into a side or light lunch with a poached egg on top." Enjoy any time of the day for a filling bowl loaded with nutrients that won't weigh you down.
Hoisin Salmon With Zucchini Slaw
Salmon is one of the kings of lean proteins. "The hoisin glaze is what makes this dish so good, especially when paired with the salmon," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. The recipe calls for laying the salmon over a heaping plate of sautéed spiralized veggies for a quick, super-healthy dinner. "What I love about this recipe is that it's bright and colorful, full of flavor and texture, and yet still healthy and easy," she says. "It's one of those all-in-one-recipes where you get everything you need and want out of a meal."
Shoyu Ahi Tuna Poke Quinoa Bowl
Tuna is another popular source of lean protein—and poke bowls are a delicious way to enjoy it. Steph of I Am a Food Blog put her own healthy spin on the Hawaiian dish, switching out sticky rice for quinoa (for even more protein-packed goodness). Customize your bowl to your liking, adjusting the seasoning with soy sauce, sesame oil, and smoked sea salt.
Sprouted Mung Bowl With Coconut Quinoa and Beet Tahini
Laura of The First Mess pairs sprouted mung beans with plenty of other "goodies" in this nutritious bowl. "A rich and complex beet tahini sauce that's spiked with garlic, tamari, and balsamic vinegar sits on the base of the plate," she explains. "A creamy, dreamy heap of coconut quinoa with chili and coriander balances the sweet crispness of the sprouts."
Lemon and Oregano Grilled Chicken
"You know those recipes that you make over and over—the ones that end up being Sunday night dinner for the family? Well, this is that chicken recipe," explains Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "It's simple, but the flavors are so fresh and so good." She says the key to this recipe is the lemon and oregano marinade. "It's a mix of extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lots of fresh lemon juice and zest, fresh oregano, thyme, and garlic," she says. Tieghan likes to let the chicken sit in the marinade overnight, but she assures us that it will still be great tasting even if you only have time to let the chicken marinade for an hour.
Quinoa, Pinenuts, Raisin, and Kale Salad
"This is a kitchen sink–style salad, meaning it's chock-full of everything," says Claire of The Kitchy Kitchen. "It's a delicious balance of flavors and can be easily made without the quinoa as a kale salad or with farro, couscous, or brown rice instead."
Looking for more delicious ways to incorporate healthy proteins into your diet? Here are the four best plant-based proteins everyone will love.