The best 5 protein sources other than chicken, to keep you full and healthy.

Chicken is probably the main go-to source of protein for most athletes and gym-goers, with that said it can become boring very quickly.

If your diet consists of eating 90% chicken this is the post for you.  In this blog post, we will take a look at some alternatives to chicken that pack tonnes of protein while giving your body something new to ingest.  

1) Wakame seaweed

Wakame seaweed is food that 95% of people wouldn’t have tried, yet it has some amazing health benefits.  Wakame is low in calories and high in nutrients, a 100-gram portion of Wakame seaweed contains only 50 calories.

Wakame is relatively high in protein content but also has amazing benefits like containing over 500% of your daily iodine allowance in a single 100gram portion.

The best part of Wakame is that it can be added to food rather than being the main item on the dish, so you could even add it to meat as a side.

2) Leeks

If you like chowders or salads then a leek is the food for you. They provide you with a tonne of protein and have amazing health benefits.

Dr Majid Shah, a consultant in the UK had this to say about leeks: 

“Leeks can reduce the bad type of cholesterol in our bodies and can also improve the health of our eyes.”

Once again, leeks can be added to a dish and the whole meal doesn’t have to revolve around them.  Adding leeks as a side or an accompaniment can add a depth of flavour to your plate and can give you that much-needed protein to help your muscles recover.

3) Bean sprouts

Full of fibre and fat-free is a great reason to include bean sprouts into your diet.  If you’re looking to replace chicken in your diet and want more protein you will be happy to know that bean sprouts contain 3 grams of protein per cup, which is great as a cup of bean sprouts is only 30 calories.

Bean sprouts are great if you are dieting as you can eat a few cups of bean sprouts for fewer calories than a small chocolate bar.  

4) Brussel sprouts

You may not like Brussel sprouts, but if you can stomach them and the smell of them you are in for a treat.  Brussel sprouts are also not just for Christmas and can be eaten all year round.

A small cup of sprouts can contain up to 5 grams of protein while being under 60 calories in total which makes it a great food to eat when dieting.

Brussel sprouts are a food that can help your stomach health and will keep you full for longer.

5) Broccoli

Broccoli really is a superfood and per gram, it has more protein than steak.  Broccoli is also low in carbs and 100 grams of broccoli will give you around 5 grams of protein for 35 calories.  Another great food for replacing chicken with while keeping your calories down and your protein intake high.

Because broccoli is made up of 90% water you will need to eat a lot of it to get your protein calories, but with that said the high amount of water content broccoli can fill you quickly and keep you full for long periods of time.  

Broccoli can be boring though so you will need to make an effort when cooking it as boiling broccoli and eating it 5 times a week is more than enough to put anyone off this superfood for life.


If you are fed up of turning to chicken every time you want to get a protein fix you now have other options.   The five veggies above are high in protein and low in carbs, fat and calories, this makes the above foods great to diet on as you can eat more of them and be fuller for longer.

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