Wednesday, March 3, 2010

In Search of High-Protein Couples!

Hungry Girl Goes... In Search of High-Protein Couples!
* Article By: Lisa Lillien

High-fiber foods may be all the rage right now but foods packed with protein rock, too. Check out some simple ways to get your fix...

Chicken breast + diced fire-roasted tomatoes with garlic
27g of protein! Here’s a super-easy entrĂ©e... Turn on your oven to 375 degrees and tear off a large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Spray the foil lightly with nonstick spray, place a piece of raw chicken breast in the center, and cover chicken with tomatoes. Seal up the packet and pop it into the oven on a baking sheet. Sit down, relax, take a breather (maybe microwave some veggies on the side), and your mini meal will be ready in about 20 minutes.

Each serving of 4 oz. raw chicken + 1/2 cup tomatoes has 154 calories, 1.5g fat, 1g fiber, and a POINTS® value of 3.

Fat-free Greek yogurt + sugar-free preserves
15g of protein! Don’t complain to us that you don’t like Greek yogurt because it’s too tart. It’s really good for you and — hello — there’s a wide world of sweeteners out there. Our pick, however, is a couple of spoonfuls of sugar-free preserves. Choose your favorite, stir it in, and you get all the protein benefits of Greek yogurt but with the sweet ‘n fruity flavor your taste buds crave. Mmm!

Each serving of 6 oz. yogurt plus 2 tablespoons preserves has 110 calories, 0g fat, 0g fiber, and a POINTS value of 2.

Egg Beaters Original + Unsweetened Original Almond Breeze
18g of protein! Wanna make your eggs a little creamier? Whip together Egg Beaters and Almond Breeze while your pan's heating up. Then cook as you would any other omelette (using nonstick spray to keep your b-fast from sticking), and get ready for a super-fluffy egg dish that'll rock your slippers off!

Each serving of 3/4 cup Egg Beaters Original with 1/4 cup Almond Breeze has 100 calories, 1g fat, 0g fiber, and a POINTS value of 2.

Kashi GoLean Honey & Cinnamon Hot Cereal + canned peaches
8.5g of protein! This breakfast is super-charged, tastes like dessert and is simple to put together. Make the cereal as usual, and add in some chopped-up canned peach slices (the kind packed in juice not syrup). Bam! Your hot ‘n hearty bowl of peach-cobbler-inspired goodness is ready.

Each serving of 1 cereal packet with 1/4 cup chopped peaches has 178 calories, 2g fat, 5.5g fiber, and a POINTS value of 3.

Fat-free cottage cheese + freeze-dried blueberries
14.5g of protein! One of the quickest and easiest ways to dress up your curds is with fruit — and if you want texture too, the freeze-dried stuff is awesome. Plus, it's not too crazy-sweet like some dried fruit can be. Sprinkle some on your next scoop of guilt-free cottage cheese! (Caution: May be habit-forming.)

Each serving of 1/2 cup cottage cheese + 0.5 oz. freeze-dried blueberries has 130 calories, 0.25g fat, 2g fiber, and a POINTS value of 2.

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