Get an expert take on choosing clean protein.
Most people believe that meat is protein and protein is meat, but it's just not that simple. Common protein sources like meat, dairy, and eggs actually have no fiber so they can potentially back up your digestion and sometimes even pollute your body with toxins. Instead, wellness expert and author Kathy Freston recommends getting as much protein as possible from beans, grains, and vegetables, all sources of clean protein. Here are Freston's top three clean protein picks, ranked based on their accessibility, flavor, and versatility.
Freston ranks these so high mostly because of their cheapness and uniqueness, but you'll get all the good nutrients you need. Not only does one cup contain 18 grams of protein, it also will provide you 15 grams of fiber, iron, and B vitamins to help lower your cholesterol. Add them to your salad, make burgers from them, or mash them into a spicy sandwich spread. They're sweeter, nuttier, and easier to break down and digest than other lentils, so you can even use them in brownie recipes in place of flour!