9 Best High-Protein Foods For Building Lean Muscle


You knew this had to be on the list, right? Chicken breast is so popular among weightlifters that it's almost a cliché, but it's amazing for creating lean muscle.

Chicken breast


Greek yogurt is abundant in protein and can be used in smoothies, pancakes, and sour cream. Greek yogurt has higher protein than regular yogurt due to straining. 17 grams per 6-ounce tub!

Greek yogurt


Recently, vegan and vegetarian power lifters have disproven the idea that soy meals don't feed muscle growth. A high-protein plant-based alternative to meat is tofu. 



Salmon is high in protein (17 grams per 3-ounce fillet), but did you know it also contains creatine? Many weightlifters take creatine to develop muscle by drawing water into muscle cells.



Portable 6 gram packages of high-quality protein are each orb. Choline, a muscle-building vitamin, is in eggs.



Half a cup of cooked edamame has 9 grams of protein and iron for muscle oxygenation. Black beans, kidney beans, and other beans have high protein, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, and B vitamins.



Muscle building isn't called "beefing up" for nothing! Flank steak, eye of round roast, and top sirloin are high in protein and low in fat. A 3-ounce flank steak offers 24 grams of protein.

Lean beef


Turkey breast has more protein and less fat than chicken breast. Turkey is versatile enough to be used for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and each 3-ounce serving has 26 grams. Gobble!

Turkey breast


At 20 grams per 107-gram can, canned tuna is a tasty, high-protein lunch or snack. Fresh tuna provides greater protein and a more attractive dining presentation.


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