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By Kimberly Adler-Morelli

Some weightlifters take protein supplements to bulk up their muscles. But why does the average person need protein in their diet? Because this nutrient does a lot for your body. It’s in almost everything: muscles, tendons, enzymes, hormones, skin and even hair. It also fuels your body and carries oxygen in your blood.

Most people should get 10% to 35% of their daily calories from protein. The good news? No pills or powders needed — it can all be from what’s on your plate.

An assortment of high protein fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish.

Foods rich in protein include:

  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Lean beef or pork
  • Dairy products (think cottage cheese or yogurt)
  • Seeds
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Legumes (beans and peas)
  • Grains (like wheat, rice, oats or corn)

If you’re looking for an on-the-go protein boost, power bars are a good choice. You can whip them up from easy-to-find ingredients that pack a protein punch. And you can’t go wrong with peanut butter: Versatile. Tasty. And a protein powerhouse.

Peanut butter cereal bars


  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 cup peanut butter (or swap out for another nut butter)
  • 2 cups rice cereal or unsweetened cereal flakes
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup raisins or other dried fruit


Bring honey to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to low and stir in peanut butter. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Remove from heat. Spray an 8-inch square pan with cooking spray and press the mixture into the pan. When cool, cut into 16 bars.


Peanut butter cereal bars are a delicious source of protein.
Get this delicious peanut butter cereal bar recipe below.
A nutritious and delicious peanut butter banana smoothie.

Looking for a cool, sweet protein treat to beat the heat?

Try this peanut butter banana smoothie recipe.

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