4 Proteins To Add To Your Grocery List This Summer
by Anna Smith, MS, RDN, LDN
Last Updated: July 6, 2021
Halfway through the year and it is officially time to shake up your grocery list. Many customers report purchasing the same items each week, but we’re here to introduce some variety back into your life, especially when it comes to protein. Protein is important because it’s one of the components of a balanced meal that keeps you feeling full and satisfied. Let’s explore some protein foods you might want to try this summer:
- Rotisserie Chicken tops our list. Chicken is a lean protein choice that fits great into almost all healthy eating plans. Home Chef’s new flavor offerings Savory, Mesquite, and Garlic Herb are a tasty addition to the rotisserie chicken lineup. The best part about rotisserie chicken is its versatility and volume. Rotisserie chicken can be eaten plain, added to a wrap, tossed in a salad, or used in any recipe requiring shredded chicken. It can typically be used for multiple meals, which also makes for easier meal planning. Due to its higher sodium content, those limiting their salt will want to stick to the portion size. Also, try consuming it with other low sodium food choices such as on a salad or alongside grilled vegetables.
- Greek Yogurt truly is the perfect portable protein snack. Chobani rolled out two new varieties of yogurt that we recommend. Chobani Complete is their higher protein option containing 120 calories, 2.5 grams fat, 10 grams carbohydrate, and 15 grams of protein. It also has added chicory root for cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. Chobani Zero Sugar is a great option for calorie or carb-conscious shoppers as it contains only 60 calories, 0 grams fat, 5 grams carbohydrate, and 11 grams of protein. Both are sweetened with stevia and monk fruit. In addition, both are lactose-free and therefore easier to digest for many.
- Mushroom Blending is a health trend that’s been around for a while. Mushroom blending is when sauteed mushrooms are incorporated into ground meats (like turkey or beef) to provide a flavorful protein choice while increasing vegetable consumption. Simple Truth just made it easy on us with their frozen Beef Mushroom Patties. Containing just 3 ingredients, these are a great way to include more vegetables on your plate. These patties contain 2 grams of carbohydrates and 19 grams of protein.
- Diced Chicken Breast could not be an easier option. Even better - we found one already individually portioned in the frozen section. Ready to dethaw and quickly be thrown into your stir fry, fajitas, or kabobs. Skinless chicken breast is considered a lean protein and a staple in many people’s weekly grocery lists. Customers have shared that the effort to prepare chicken can deter some from cooking with it, but this product is the perfect solution and can stay in your freezer until you’re ready to use it. The best part? It’s a low sodium frozen product coming in at only 75 mg sodium, or 3% daily value.
Cooking is great health-promoting behavior. By making sure to keep your grocery list varied, you’ll prevent any cooking ruts. Need additional product inspiration or motivation? Sign up with one of our nutrition experts for a free nutrition consultation! We are more than happy to help bring the kitchen back to life for you!
Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.