For the most part, protein is easy for your body to digest. If you’re trying to identify foods that make you feel heavy and not-so-great, you may be thinking about restricting the amount or the type of proteins you choose.
Here’s a list of some easy to digest proteins and how to prepare them to get your gut back on track.
1. Light, Flakey Fish
Because white fish is low in fat and fiber-free, it is one of the best sources of high-quality protein and easy on your gut. Beware of breading and/or frying which adds fat and fiber that counteracts white fish’s easy to digest benefits. Grilling, broiling, steaming, or poaching are all ways to cook white fish for easy digestion.
2. White Meat Chicken and Turkey
Both lend themselves to low-fat prep methods, like roasting, that keep these proteins easy to digest. As a bonus, roasted chicken and turkey are delicious served cold, so cook up extra to have high-quality protein ready for lunch or a quick dinner. (Sprinkle skinless, boneless chicken breasts or turkey cutlets with salt and pepper and roast at 350 degrees until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees).
Dairy milk is one of the best sources of high-quality protein available. If you’re avoiding milk because it causes stomach discomfort, try a2 Milk®. Research suggests that milk with only A2 protein type is easier on digestion and may help some avoid discomfort.
Just about any way you cook them, eggs are an easy to digest source of high-quality protein. In fact, egg whites are considered the perfect protein. And they aren’t just for breakfast: slice up a hard- boiled egg to add protein on avocado toast, or scramble up a couple of eggs and add to chopped, roasted turkey and sweet potatoes for an easy to digest dinner hash.
Tofu is one of the only easy to digest, plant-based proteins you’ll find. Unfortunately, most beans and legumes and commercial vegan/vegetarian products are high in fiber which may make them harder to digest. If plant-based foods make up most of your protein and you’re trying to figure out what’s giving you tummy troubles, try eliminating each different protein, one at a time for at least two days.
Protein is vital for strong, healthy bodies. Eat the above easy to digest protein sources for maximum health and digestive benefits.