The 10 High-Protein Foods You Should Be Eating

Skip the protein shakes and opt to fill up on these powerful foods instead.

After pounding out countless reps of weighted squats and calf raises in an evening strength training session, you’re ready to refuel your muscles with a hefty helping of protein. But when your stomach can’t handle one more bite of bland chicken, opt for one of Shemar Moore’s favorite high-protein foods, like cottage cheese. While he admits it’s not the sexiest food at first glance, the protein-packed cheese is delicious as a substitute for cream or whipped into berry-topped oatmeal. Moore also snacks on edamame while he’s on the go to score 17 grams of the muscle-building macronutrient. To keep your taste buds stimulated and body nourished, choose to munch on the 10 foods, including Moore’s protein-packed picks, featured on this printable guide.


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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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