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Source 16 High-Protein Foods That Will Help You Lose Weight

When you think of lean protein, there’s a pretty good chance chicken is the first thing that comes to mind. But this macronutrient, which is vital for losing weight, comes in many shapes and sizes. It’s important to get more protein in your diet, so we compiled 16 foods you need to get in you kitchen to boost your weight loss.

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Though it’s easy to get stuck in a food rut, especially if you’re trying to shed pounds, eating the same kale and grilled chicken salad five days in a row is a recipe for bailing on your healthy habits altogether. Swapping that chicken for salmon, pork, or shrimp will keep you from getting so bored you throw your lunch away twice a week (we see you).

And, just in case we all need a refresher: Lean protein is kind of a big deal when it comes to weight loss. Your body needs protein to maintain, repair and grow lean, fat-burning muscle and help you stay fuller longer. One 2005 study published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition even found that people who ate 30 percent of their calories from protein, versus 15 percent, reduced their total energy intake by 441 calories!

So to get you to your weight-loss goal without hating life (and chicken), Women’s Health brings you this list of all your healthy, lean protein options.

1. BLACK BEANS
Serving: ½ cup | Protein: 8g
Make it easy: Try them in soup with a dollop of guac to make this a high-protein meal your entire family will like.

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2. COD
Serving: 4 ounces | Protein: 24g
Make it easy: Bake with lemon juice and capers.

3. EGG
Serving: 1 large | Protein: 6g
Make it easy: Hard-boil and devil them with their own yolk, or add guacamole.

4. EGG WHITES
Serving: 2 large | Protein: 8g
Make it easy: This protein-rich food is perfect to make with leftover veggies, keeping you full until lunch.

5. FLOUNDER
Serving: 4 ounces | Protein: 28g
Make it easy: 
Broil, top with hot sauce, and use in a soft taco.

6. HEMP SEEDS
Serving: 1 ounce | Protein: 10g
Make it easy: 
Sprinkle on oats, yogurt, steamed veggies, or a smoothie.

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7. HAM, SLICED, EXTRA LEAN
Serving: 4 ounces (or 4 standard slices) | Protein: 20g
Make it easy: 
Wrap a blanched asparagus stalk for a quick snack.

8. PORK TENDERLOIN
Serving: 4 ounces | Protein: 20g
Make it easy: Rub with salt and pepper and roast with fresh rosemary.

9. PUMPKIN SEEDS
Serving: 1 ounce
Make it easy: Toast with cinnamon, or salt and cayenne.

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10. CANNED SARDINES
Serving: 3 sardines
Make it easy: Use them to top a high-fiber cracker or a spinach salad.

11. SHRIMP
Serving: 4 ounces
Make it easy: Sauté with coconut oil, sugar snap peas, water chestnuts, and sesame seeds.

12. FILET MIGNON
Serving: 4 ounces
Make it easy: Rub with a little garlic and grill, then top off your salad.

13. TOFU
Serving: 1/2 cup
Make it easy: Puree and use in a smoothie.

14. CANNED TUNA
Serving: 4 ounces
Make it easy: Mix with white beans, black olives, and chopped tomatoes for a light salad or side dish.

15. SKINLESS TURKEY BREAST
Serving: 4 ounces
Make it easy: Spread a teaspoon of olive tapenade on one slice, and roll it up as a snack.

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16. WILD SALMON
Serving: 4 ounces
Make it easy: Bake with Dijon mustard and soy sauce for a fast and easy packed dinner.

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