A workout warrior looking to build muscle should keep these top protein sources stocked, or at least on rotation, throughout the year. Of course, most people have plenty of chicken, beef, and protein on hand but there are many other carnivorous options out there that not only provide plenty of protein, but taste absolutely amazing.

Switching up your protein sources is important for one big reason: If you’re going to be eating “clean” all year-round you’re going to get bored of it at some point. Try eating chicken and broccoli every day for just a week and see how much poultry you’ll want to have the next week. Picking a different meat will give you a mental reprieve while still keeping your macros on point — a win-win situation.

On the topic of chicken — this bird is often adored because of its high protein content, but many other meats have just about the same—if not, more—protein for fewer calories. In other words, you might be leaving some gains on the table if you’re just sticking with white meat.

Sure, chicken might be easy to cook but you just have to be willing to expand your horizons, culinarily speaking, a little bit and try these other cuts out. Plus, if you’re not sure how to cook any of these just do a quick search on YouTube. Or eat some of them, like tuna, raw.

Meat from fish, chicken, beef, and wild game offers its own specific array of vitamins, nutrients, and protein profile. To ward off nutrient deficiencies, maintain high energy, and keep your overall health optimal, do yourself a favor: eat meat.


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