Sources of ProteinMost of us think of meat when we think of good protein sources, and we’d be right. Red meat, poultry and fish are all good sources of protein. But with meat, it’s a good idea to consider the saturated fat that is present in fatty, processed meats. Stick to lean meats such as chicken or turkey breast, and fish, and try to keep red meat to a minimum opting for lean cuts of beef rather than sausages, bacon and burgers. If you’re vegetarian, then eggs provide a good amount of protein, as do low fat dairy products such as plain yoghurt and cottage cheese. But protein doesn’t just have to come from animal products. Vegans, those on a plant-based diet or anyone looking to reduce their reliance on animal based foods can still meet all of their protein needs by eating plant based foods, it just requires a little more planning. Excellent plant based sources of protein include nuts, seeds, peas, beans (of all kinds including baked beans), chickpeas, lentils, meat alternatives and soya based foods such as tofu. Nut and soya milks and nut butters are also great protein sources. Having a smoothie each day, made using a protein powder, a milk of your choice and some fruit is great for topping up your protein intake, especially if you’re exercising or training. Protein powders tend to be made using whey protein, which usually comes from cow’s milk, but there are many plant based alternatives available.