High-Protein Foods Your Weight Loss Routine Desperately Needs

LIMA BEANS

Beans are always a solid source of protein, and lima beans in particular contain 15 grams a cup.

CORN

At 16 grams of protein a cup, corn is something you should be eating year-round. Eat it right off the cob or add it into your tacos or casseroles.

POTATOES

Who doesn't love potatoes? They tend to get a bad rap, but they shouldn't: One medium spud has 4.3 grams of protein to keep you full throughout the day.

ASPARAGUS

Asparagus is one of those vegetables that's easy to forget about, but with nearly 3 grams of protein per cup, it should be part of everyone's diet.

BLACK BEANS

While white beans are packed with protein at around 16 g per cup, they don't even stand a chance against black beans.

OATS

An oatmeal breakfast fills you up all morning for good reason: 1 cup has 6 grams of protein. And when you toss some almonds and blueberries into the mix,

SPINACH

With 1 gram of protein per cup of spinach, it's no wonder Popeye had such big muscles. Aside from the protein, spinach is also high in vitamins A and C, folate

TEMPEH

Tofu may win the soy popularity contest, but tempeh claims victory in the protein department: It's made from soy beans instead of soy milk, which is why it has nearly double the amount

HEMP SEEDS

When you're in desperate need of some crunch in your salad, skip the croutons and go for hemp seeds — a three-tablespoon serving dishes out 10 grams of protein. 

CHOCOLATE MILK

Next time you pour the kiddos a cup, get yourself one, too. Chocolate milk serves up 8 grams of protein, one for every ounce in your glass. 

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