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15 Best High Protein Foods to Add to Meals, According to Nutritionists – Good Housekeeping

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Lentils are a staple food in many cultures, and they are a powerhouse of plant protein, plus they are rich in fiber and other essential vitamins and minerals such as iron and potassium, says Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDCES, FAND, a plant-based foods and diabetes expert. “Protein needs increase with age to help preserve muscle mass, which naturally decreases through the years,” Sheth adds, so “having adequate protein can help with strength, bone health and tissue repair, which all contributes to better mobility and overall quality of life.” Enjoy them as a warm side dish, as a salad topper or turned into a lentil salad, or add them to soup, stews or pasta.

Protein content: 18g protein per cooked cup.

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