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Low Carb 101: 5 Best High Protein Low Carb Foods to Get Lean!

By Rob Poulos...

For most Americans, 12 to 18 percent of their daily diet comes from protein–with much more coming from carbohydrates.  But emerging evidence suggests that upping your protein intake could help you lose more weight, as well as have a lower body fat percentage.  So what’s best?  For a slimmer (and healthier) waistline, consider these top 5 foods for dinner:

Best High Protein Low Carb Foods

Need to lose weight?  For easier weight control and a slimmer waistline, fill up with these diet-friendly foods:

1. Organic eggs.  Most people associate eggs with a higher risk of high cholesterol, but they can be surprisingly nutritious–it’s also packed full of good fats, protein, and numerous micronutrients.  For an even bigger micronutrient boost, go organic: Organic eggs often contain more omega-3 fatty acids, which may reduce your risk of heart disease.  Worried about calories?  Cut the yolk in half, but don’t throw it all away–most of its micronutrients are found in the yolk.

2. Don’t be afraid to get fishy.  Lightly grilled fish is a nutritious way to get your fill of protein, but make sure to choose the right kind: salmon and tuna are the biggest health boosters with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.  As long as you don’t coat it in breading, a serving of fish can do good for your heart while being relatively low on the calorie scale (usually less than 150 calories per serving).

3. Breast is best.  To save on fat, it’s best to opt for breasts instead of thighs or drumsticks, since this tends to be the leanest part of the bird.  Good selection: Turkey and chicken breasts are virtually free of fat, rich in protein, and won’t send your cholesterol skyrocketing; just 3.5 ounces will give you 30 grams of protein.  To keep it even leaner, bake or lightly grill chicken instead of deep frying, which can add unnecessary saturated fat to your meal.

4. Cool down with low-fat yogurt.  Calcium is important for healthy bones, and yogurt is chocked full of it–and if you go Greek, nearly 12 grams of protein.  How to choose: Greek yogurt will yield you the most protein grams per serving, but make sure to look for low-fat or no-fat versions, which will cut out any unnecessary fat.  For added flavor, low-carb fruit or a sprinkle of cinnamon can add a burst of flavor that won’t break your (calorie) budget.

5. Don’t forget soy.  The vegetarian’s favorite protein choice, soy can contain as much as 20 grams of protein per serving, rivaling chicken or turkey breast.  It’s also available in many natural forms, such as tofu, soy milk, soy beans, and even meatless substitutes, such as Tofurkey.  How to eat: It’s best to eat soy raw, but if you want something hot, putting thin slices of tofu over a frying fan for 10 to 20 minutes is a great, meatless substitute for deli turkey.

For even healthier eats, remember to pair these foods with even healthier meals, such as salad, stir fry, or tasty low-carb pita bread.

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