10 Protein Powerhouses: Try our favorite complete proteins.
The protein we eat can be divided into two categories: complete (also called “high quality”) and incomplete. A complete protein source is one that provides all nine of the essential amino acids—those that can’t be made by our bodies but, instead, must come from what we eat and drink. You can find complete proteins in animal sources (eggs, milk, meat, poultry, and fish) and foods made from soy. Aim to have about 75% of the protein in your diet from complete sources.
Do you have a few proteins that you seem to eat over and over again? Want to shake things up? We’ve asked our Ensure Healthy Matters members to share some of their favorite protein sources—beyond chicken and steak! Try adding one or more of these complete proteins to your menu.
4. Cornish game hen
7. Pork tenderloin
10. Quinoa—the only grain that’s a complete protein source!