You’ve probably heard by now that a high-protein diet can be beneficial for weight loss. Along with fiber, protein is incredibly filling and staying fuller, longer is a big part of losing weight. Luckily, this in no way means you need to start scooping protein powder into everything you eat. There are countless whole food sources of protein out there that will keep you both full and satisfied.
We turned to the recipe experts at Pinterest to find out what their most popular high-protein recipes are. Then, since high-protein doesn’t always equal great for weight loss, we ran them by Samantha Cassetty, a registered dietitian in New York City.
Here are the picks that rose above the rest:
1. OATMEAL BLUEBERRY PANCAKES
Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean tossing your fave starchy breakfast foods. Instead, this recipe cuts back on the starch by subbing out pancake mix in favor of rolled oats and a banana to hold it all together. These ‘cakes are just as satisfying and way more nutritious than the boxed stuff.
“I love that yogurt is the secret, protein-boosting ingredient here, but my vote goes to plain yogurt instead of the flavored used here,” says Cassetty. With flavored yogurts, you could be getting more than a teaspoon of added sugar in the pancakes—and that’s before you add the maple syrup. Also, a serving is only two pancakes, which could leave you hungry, she says. “I’d add some chopped walnuts, for healthy fats, and side of berries or a banana to fill you up with few calories.”
Makes 2 servings
- 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 container (5.3 oz) Siggi’s blueberry or vanilla bean yogurt
- 1/2 medium ripe banana
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, plus more for serving