You’ve heard it before — the age old desire to get more protein into one’s diet. While you may have dismissed your nutrition obsessed friend or gym buddy pondering this feat in the past, know that protein is a vital part of a healthy diet. It’s an important building block for many components that make up our bodies, like bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and even blood.

Luckily, infusing more protein into your diet is easier than most people think. Just check out a few of our tried and true tactics below:

  1. Flavorful Meats

Too many people hear the word “protein” and resort to plain, baked chicken breast. While we’re not in the business of degrading other foods, we can’t help but point you in the direction of some flavorful protein picks like our fully cooked chicken sausages. Don’t be intimidated by the task of upping your protein intake, and be prepared to experiment with a variety of seasoned meats. Believe it or not, this challenge can be seriously tasty!

  1. More Eggs

Still munching on a bowl of cereal for breakfast? Try replacing it with some eggs, or better yet a cheese omelet. Eggs pack a bigger protein punch than you’d think, and they’re an easy switch for breakfasts. Not to mention, they’ll totally keep you full until lunchtime.

  1. Power Bowls

Google “Power Bowls”, and you’ll see quite a few Taco Bell promotions. That being said, these bowls are more than just a fast food phenomenon. In fact, concocting your own power bowl might just be the perfect way to serve up all of your protein and fiber needs. Ingredients like chicken, beans, quinoa, and edamame make these bowls famous for the protein intake they offer. Plus, they’re delicious!

  1. Forgotten Favorites

Though ingredients like meat, eggs, and cheese are at the top of most people’s minds when they’re thinking of adding more protein to their diet, there’s plenty of forgotten favorites. For example, add a tablespoon of peanut butter to the apple you’re snacking on, or steam up some edamame as a quick fix. A healthy diet is always about balance, and there’s plenty of ways to get creative!

What’s your favorite type of protein?