A Dinner Bell guide to the best protein sources

Surprise! I can almost guarantee none of you were expecting a post like this – but there are only so many egg whites a person can eat.

 During the Idiot Challenge, with no days to recover from exercise, eating plenty of protein seemed important – but when you’re cutting down your meat consumption, this becomes alarmingly tricky. For a blog that started out being 90% cake, a run-down of protein sources sure is a departure from the norm, but here we are.

There’s this trend on the internet that for anything food-related, magazines love to present information in the least readable way possible, and often say things like “vegetables are high in protein!” but neglect to tell you that you’d need to eat a field of kale to get a decent quantity in grams. So I spent (what felt like) hours clicking through slideshows trying to find a range of high-protein foods that weren’t also high in fat, or stupidly calorific.

Life is super busy at the moment due to Work Stuff, but with the odd spare twenty minutes I’ve had here and there, I’ve been collecting data and making charts because nothing says “leisure time” like a detailed Excel spreadsheet. And this is the fruit of my labour! Here, a selection of foods are broken down into macros (protein, carbs, fat), alongside information on calories per 100g and grams of protein per 100 calories. Click here to view and download.

Guide to the best protein sources - meat
Guide to the best protein sources - eggs and dairy Guide to the best protein sources - fish Guide to the best protein sources - vegetarian friendly

P.S. There’s no Season’s Eatings this month, probably, due to aforementioned bonkersness. But! You can check out last year’s May round up here.

Filed under Health, Longer Reads, Vegetarian Friendly

The lady behind The Dinner Bell! I'm that person who doesn't let you leave their flat without eating something, and will probably press a parcel of cookies or cake into your hands as you head to the door. I’m a sub-editor by day, avid book-reader by night, and octopus fan always. I've returned to Norfolk after eight years away, but little bits of my heart still belong to London, where I lived for almost fives years, and Sheffield, where I went to uni and finally lost my bumpkin accent.