In this day and age, being mindful of what we eat is pretty important. And with how much research has gone into the food and nutrition industry, some interesting facts have popped up. For example, how sugar is way worse for you than fatty foods are. But perhaps the biggest is how important protein is to anyone looking to get healthier.

But not everyone enjoys eating multiple eggs daily, no matter how good a source of protein they may be. Or maybe they are on a specific diet that restricts them from eating eggs. Well, luckily, here are some amazing foods that aren’t just nutrient-dense and richer in protein than an egg but also delicious to boot!

1. Chickpeas

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With nearly 14.5-16 grams of protein per cup, chickpeas are an easy bet for anyone looking to bulk up while still maintaining their snacking habits. The best part is how chickpeas can be consumed in a variety of different ways. They can be dried and roasted to be eaten by the handfuls or whipped into delicious hummus. 

2. Guava

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Yes, guavas aren’t just a fun tropical fruit that is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, but they pack a protein punch, too. Guavas are enjoyed all over the world for their delightful flavor, but it’s the fact that they have nearly 5 grams of protein per serving that is surprising. Guavas are best enjoyed raw when you can also benefit from the fiber it contains.

3. Lentils

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If you were raised in a household that cooked with lentils, the importance of lentils would have been drilled into you. And for good reason, considering lentils are a rich source of protein. A quarter cup of most lentils is enough to replace the protein in any stew or curry. It also helps that most legumes are just really cheap and shelf-stable, making them much easier to access for a beginner!

4. Paneer

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Paneer is an Indian style of cheese that is extremely high in protein. It’s often used in the subcontinent in the same manner tofu is, thanks to an ability to soak up any of the flavors that are added to it. But it also works because, much like tofu, it easily replaces meat with 18 grams of protein per 100 grams of serving. 

5. Seitan

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Tofu’s lesser-known cousin, Seitan, is a meat substitute made up of vital wheat gluten. It has been eaten in Asia for centuries, using a technique where wheat flour is wet and washed until all the starch is gone and only the gluten protein is left behind. This means that protein levels in seitan are high, with 7 grams per ounce.

6. Almond Butter

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Considering how protein-heavy peanut butter can be, it comes as no surprise that the same can be said for almond butter. Natural almond butter is both delicious and nutritious, with a single spoonful containing up to 4 grams of protein. It helps that peanut butter is extremely customizable, too. You can have it in a sandwich or spike your favorite hot soups with it for a delightfully silky broth. 

7. Greek Yoghurt

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Again, dairy products are just good for you all over. And while we always see Greek yogurt being touted as a healthier alternative to many dishes requiring ingredients like cream, nobody really talks about just how protein-rich it can be. Compared to regular yogurt, greek yogurt has 20 grams of protein per 100 grams. 

8. Edamame 

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Yes, those little salted morsels at your local Japanese bistro are more than just addictive, they are also healthy for you! Edamame is low-carb and a great fiber source, but it’s also heavy on protein. With 11 grams of protein per serving, it’s a nice option to keep around for whenever your snacking craving kicks in. 

9. Cheddar Cheese

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Cheddar cheese is a beloved cheese all across the world, thanks to its punchy flavor. But it’s also secretly healthy? That’s right, it’s rich in calcium and has a decent amount of protein. Plus, the fermented nature of cheese just makes it great for your gut health. However, the same could be said for other cheeses, too. And who doesn’t want more excuses to just snack on cheese?

10. Kefir

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Fermented products in general tend to be a great nutrition source for most things, like good bacteria and even minerals. But Kefir takes it a step further by being protein dense too. This fermented milk drink might sound funky, but its protein and calcium-rich nature is probably why it’s so beloved in the Baltic nations.

11. Oats

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The humble oats get a bad rep for being a boring breakfast option, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Oats are great for fiber; they are anti-inflammatory and are a huge source of protein. Simple oats can contain up to 12 grams of protein per cup, and they can prepared in a variety of different ways, from savory to sweet. 

12. Cottage Cheese

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While the texture of cottage cheese might be polarizing to many, there’s no doubt about how healthy it is. Cottage Cheese has one of the highest amounts of protein for any cheese out there, at a whopping 24 grams per cup. Enjoy it on toast with some veggies, or whip it up with some fruit and honey for the smoothest fruit mousse! 

13. Sunflower Seeds

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Sunflower seeds aren’t just great as a quick salty fix. They also happen to be secret superfoods. Especially when it comes to protein, considering they pack a whopping 21 grams of protein per 100 grams. Not only that, but they are also extremely high in Vitamin E. The best way to enjoy them is roasted and salted, but sunflower seed butter is also a great alternative for those allergic to regular peanut butter!

14. Quinoa

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Rice happens to be a mainstay for many households, but quinoa could give it a run for its money. This grain has quickly gained popularity thanks to its many health benefits and how easily it can replace the starch component in any dish. It also happens to be a good source of protein, with 9 grams per cup. Quinoa is also great for diabetics, so it really is the perfect grain.

15. Chia Seeds

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It isn’t even a hardship to enjoy chia seeds. They are just so good. Another superfood, chia seeds, are said to have a whole host of benefits. From helping gut health to improving your hair and nails, chia seeds are just that good for you. So, the protein just feels like a bonus. One of the most delicious protein-rich desserts is a simple chia seed pudding, doctored up with other protein-rich foods such as almonds and milk.  

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Rustic Pear Galette

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Even for those just starting out in the kitchen, this pear galette offers a straightforward yet stunning dessert option that suits any season. Whip up a treat that’s not just delicious but also ready for its close-up on Instagram.

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