15 low-carb, high-protein foods

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Protein is one of three calorie-supplying macronutrients (the other two being carbohydrates and fat.) It's used for cell repair, blood clotting, and antibody production. It's found in skin, hair, and muscle.

This lean protein source is popular. A 4-ounce serving of chicken has 120 calories, 26 grammes of protein, and no carbs. Chicken goes with almost any cuisine.


Cottage cheese is making a comeback in a cultured dairy-loving age. 1/2 cup cottage cheese has 100 calories, 12 g protein, and 5 g carbs. It can be used as a sweet or savoury meal base and as a veggie dip.

Cottage cheese

Eggs are delicious. They're a nutrient-dense, budget-friendly way to get protein, fat, and trace carbs. A simple two-egg breakfast with sautéed greens provides 6 grammes of protein.


Grass-fed beef has 22 grammes of protein and no carbs per 4-ounce serving. Grass-fed and free-range means the cows ate grass their whole lives. This beef is healthier and has more antioxidants than others. Grass-fed beef has twice as much CLA as grain-fed beef.


Hemp seeds have 160 calories, 10 grammes of protein, and 2 grammes of carbs per tablespoon. You'll get 240 mg of potassium and 10-15% of your daily iron needs (depending on the brand). So much nutrient density in one food is rare.

Hemp seeds

I've never disliked nut butter. Choose natural nut butters made from just nuts, whether you like peanut, almond, or cashew. One 2-tablespoon serving has 8 g protein and 6 g carbs.

Peanut butter

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