13 Recipes That Are High in Protein and Low in Fat

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Are you tired of eating plain, boring chicken breasts every night for dinner, or are you having a hard time packing in enough protein to meet your daily needs? Studies suggest that eating protein helps you feel fuller for longer and keeps your body's systems functioning properly. However, many high-protein recipes are also loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol that work against your efforts to stay healthy.

A healthy and balanced diet requires 10 to 35 percent protein. That's an average of 50 to 175 grams daily. To find the right balance of protein and fat, follow these suggestions:
  • Grill, bake, poach or broil your food to limit fat.
  • Select non-fat or low-fat dairy options.
  • Use egg whites in place of the whole egg.
  • Select lean meats and trim the fat and skin before cooking. 
Prepare these high-protein, low-fat recipes to help you stay on track and satisfied.

1. Healthy Chicken Vegetable CasseroleTry this inexpensive and fresh version of a chicken casseroleno need for processed soups or sauces!
CALORIES: 320.6  |  FAT: 8.9g  |  PROTEIN: 27.9g  |  CARBS: 36.1g  |  FIBER: 8.8g



2. Grilled BBQ Chicken Flatbreads: This recipe was created for kids, but adults will crave a slice, too. You can always add hot pepper rings for the grown-ups!
CALORIES: 223.9  |  FAT: 3.9g  |  PROTEIN: 26.2g  |  CARBS: 21.4g  |  FIBER: 2.9g



3. Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole: You can't go wrong with this family favorite!
CALORIES: 268.9  |  FAT: 4.9g  |  PROTEIN: 34.6g  |  CARBS: 19.3g  |  FIBER: 3.8g



4. Vegan Chili: An easy meat- and dairy-free meal.
CALORIES: 348.2  | FAT: 3 g |  PROTEIN: 56.9 g |  CARBS: 44.7 g | FIBER: 18.6 g



5. Cottage Cheese, Spinach and Tomato Omelet: This is a great option to prepare ahead and enjoy for breakfast (or any meal!).
CALORIES: 345.6 | FAT: 2.2 g  | PROTEIN: 59.2 g |  CARBS: 13.9 g  | FIBER: 2.5 g



6. Chicken & Rice with White Beans Soup: This soup is packed with nutrition and is simple to prepare.
CALORIES: 105.1 |  FAT: 0.7 g |  PROTEIN: 80.2 g |  CARBS: 31.7 g |  FIBER: 3.2 g



7. Authentic Fresh Mexican Tuna Salad: Tuna is so versatilewhy not try mixing a little pico de gallo in it for some south-of-the-border flavor?
CALORIES: 308.8 |  FAT: 2.5 g |  PROTEIN: 53.7 g |  CARBS: 18.5 g |  FIBER: 4.3 g



8. Mediterranean Baked FishThis dish is baked and flavored with a Mediterranean-style tomato, onion and garlic sauce to reduce the fat and salt content.
CALORIES: 225.5  |  FAT: 4.4g  |  PROTEIN: 29.4g  |  CARBS: 17.3g  |  FIBER: 2.5g



9. Moroccan Chicken & Lentils: This quick and tasty crockpot recipe will satisfy a take-out craving, with none of the effort or fat!
CALORIES: 355  |  FAT: 2.6g  |  PROTEIN: 49.4g  |  CARBS: 32.9g  |  FIBER: 16.1g


10. Buttermilk Marinated Chicken Breasts: This versatile chicken dish is flavored with buttermilk, mustard, honey and seasonings.
CALORIES: 282.8 | FAT: 3.2 g | PROTEIN: 55.6 g  | CARBS: 3.9 g | FIBER: 0.1 g



11. Tuna and White Bean Salad: A refreshing alternative to tuna salad. Pair with tomatoes and cucumber for a light lunch.
CALORIES: 219.1 |  FAT: 4.1 g | PROTEIN: 27.6 g | CARBS: 20.4 g  | FIBER: 6.1 g



12. Turkey Meatloaf: This is a fast, easy and flavorful rendition of a favorite food. Serve with a side of steamed broccoli, green beans or mixed veggies.
CALORIES: 220.6  | FAT: 2.7 g | PROTEIN: 28.5 g  | CARBS: 13.3 g  | FIBER: 0.4 g



13. 20-Minute Chicken Creole: This quick Southern dish contains no added fat and very little added salt in this spicy tomato sauce.
CALORIES: 255.4 |  FAT: 4.5 g |  PROTEIN: 33.3 g |  CARBS: 20.7 g | FIBER: 4.3 g


 
How do you make sure you're eating enough protein every day? What's your favorite high-protein, low-fat recipe?

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Comments

Nice recipes but I wish they would do more protein packed vegan recipes. Report
UGH. chicken, chicken,chicken..... Report
great ideas, thanks! just what I needed.. I am a carb-eater... I always struggle with my proteins! Report
Thanks for the great ideas! I struggle with protein sometimes and finding the right combo of protein to fat is challenging sometimes. Report
I Needed This List Of Recipes! I've Been Falling Short On Protein. I Like Eating Pollock Fish Filets Just Baked In The Oven With Bell Peppers And Red Pepper, Garlic, Onion And Basil Spices. Now I'm Going To Turn All That Around! That Grilled BBQ Chicken Flatbread Looks Really Tasty! Thank You! :))) Report
Me too! They all look and sound so yummy! I can't wait to try the Moroccan Chicken and Lentils! Report
I plan on trying these recipes. Thanks for the new ideas. Report
great ways to change up plain old protein! Report
 
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