You know the feeling. You spent your weekend inhaling one too many slices of pizza for dinner, capped off with bagels smothered in cream cheese for breakfast, and now your body is practically begging you to give the carbs a break. So, what’s for dinner? A meal prep that’s high in protein. It’s just that we’re a little sick of eating grilled chicken with steamed broccoli every night. Not that we don’t love chicken (we do!), but when it’s nested on our plates at least four times a week, our taste buds get tired. It’s time to pull out of the rut and find out just how tasty a high-protein dinner can be.
So what exactly counts as “high protein”? While the FDA defines it as anything with more than 10 grams, we asked registered dietitian Elizabeth Jarrard to weigh in—she suggests aiming higher. With new research that recommends splitting your intake throughout the day, Jarrard suggests getting closer to 20 grams for a meal.
Salmon, Lentil & Broccoli Meal Prep
Did you know you can amp up the protein content in your meal prep by adding lentils? They pack in 18g of protein and 16g of fiber in ONE CUP! Pair that with baked salmon and steamed broccoli and you gave yourself one well-balanced meal prep!
1 lb salmon filets ($16.00)
2 cups steamed lentils ($2.00)
2 cups broccoli florets ($2.00)
seasoning, as desired
Total Prep Cost: $20.00
Price Per Meal: $5.00
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Contributing source: Greatist