7 Surprising Sources of Protein

If you feel tired and hungry all the time, you may not be getting enough protein. These surprising sources of protein are great additions to any meal!

7 Surprising Sources of Protein

If you feel tired and hungry all the time, you may not be getting enough protein. Proteins are the building blocks of the body. They help boost energy, curb appetite and burn fat. You should be eating a minimum of 50 grams of protein every day. If you're having trouble reaching that goal or are simply looking for ways to mix up your diet, these surprising sources of protein are great additions to any meal!

Watch: The Protein-Packed Meals That Boost Your Metabolism


Avocado

From antioxidants to mono-unsaturated fats, avocados are loaded with good-for-you nutrients including protein. Nature's butter, as Dr. Oz likes to call it, contains over four grams of protein per cup. Add it to salads, sandwiches and even smoothies! Feeling adventurous? Try viewer Megan’s chocolate-avocado brownie.

Watch: How to Use Avocado as a Lunch Spread

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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