When you’re hungry, the last thing you want to do is take an hour to prepare and cook a healthy meal. It is even more of a challenge when you are living with chronic pain, as many pain-healthy recipes require a lot of thought and preparation. So instead of making you pore over site after site to find the perfect high protein meals, choose from this list of healthy and delicious pain fighting recipes that are high in protein (and taste!).

1. Low-Carb Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

This easy ten-minute pancake recipe gives you a great reason to buy pumpkin any day of the year. Not only does it feed your need for protein, but it also comes in a low-fat version just in case you’re trying to watch your weight. It is also low and sugar so you can enjoy this meal any time of day without worrying about crashing later. This is truly a meal of champions and will help you get your day started right.

2. Southern Omelet

This recipe is another perfect breakfast option for a healthy body. This omelet comes with black beans (or another favorite, kidney beans!) that are high in minerals and help improve your blood cholesterol. The beans also add a great source of fiber, which, among many other health benefits, also keeps you feeling full.

3. Bacon and Jalapeno Egg Sandwich

The jalapeno in this tasty sandwich really adds a kick of flavor along with capsaicin, a compound that works particularly well to fight pain as it is known for being an anti-inflammatory and vasodilator.

This ultimate breakfast sandwich will make you wonder why you ever wasted money at a fast food joint when you can get something more appetizing and healthy in the comfort of your own home.

4. Crab Roll

A delectable choice for a seafood lover and an awesome lunch if paired with a side of coleslaw.

Crab is also a super food of sorts as it contains many long-chain omega-3 fatty acids. This means that after a quick lunch you could already start feeling its anti-inflammatory boosting attributes.

5. Chicken and Quinoa Burritos

A personal favorite! These burritos are both flavorful and healthy. Added bonus: With a few tweaks, you can make these high protein meals in bulk and freeze them. Pop one in the microwave later and you will be chowing down on a scrumptious burrito in less than a minute.

They are jam-packed with foods that will combat all kinds of issues. High-protein Greek yogurt provides probiotics to help stomach pain, while avocado and quinoa can both reduce inflammation.

6. Skinny Green Monster Smoothie

The green monster smoothie is a little intimidating at first, but its beauty is in its simplicity. It has numerous high-protein ingredients like peanut butter and Greek yogurt that also provide benefits like reducing LDL cholesterol and adding omega-3 fats along with fiber.

You can start with this recipe and then modify to what you like or have lying around. Just throw it all in and blend. This is a great option when you are running out the door or need a fast, healthy lunch.

7. Tuna Panini

This Mediterranean-inspired dish is a perfect substitute for red meat and comes with a variety of advantages like a high content of omega-3 fats and may help reduce heart disease. Artichoke hearts and Kalamata olives really bring out the flavor in this amazing sandwich.

It is a last-minute meal that is still great for the taste buds and the body. Plus, who doesn’t like saying panini?

8. Lemon Fettuccine Alfredo

Here is a vegan spin on a classic Italian recipe. Your body will thank you after this amazing meal!

It is high in fiber and even though it is dairy-free, it still has a remarkably creamy taste combined with big flavors from the lemon and garlic. Olive oil is also one of the best foods for those who have chronic pain. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties while also protecting against stroke and heart disease.

9. Coconut Quinoa Bowl

These are wholesome and delicious high protein meals that are jam-packed with health benefits. The coconut provides a great source of healthy fats, avocados for omega-3 fats, Greek yogurt for probiotics, almonds for high mineral and fiber, and olive oil for its anti-inflammatory properties.

This amazing bowl will keep your energy levels high while making your healthy body coo in appreciation.

10. Beef Tenderloin with Mustard and Herbs

A lean cut of red meat is always a better choice, especially when you are dealing with pain. This tenderloin fits the bill. It is high in protein and savory with lite touches of flavor from the herb mixture and mustard sauce. It takes a little longer to cook the meat, but is well-worth the wait. Add polenta or a side salad to really round out this meal.

11. Artichoke and Ripe Olive Tuna Salad

Tuna salad can be a very healthy choice, but this dish is also easy and inexpensive while still being super tasty. Between the omega-3 fats from the tuna and the enormous amount of health bonuses from the ripe olives, you cannot go wrong. Throw this on some whole-wheat bread or in a pita pocket for a great meal that makes for the perfect lunch.

12. Cinnamon Cake Bars

No food list is complete without a desert, but this is not your traditional cinnamon cake bar. This is a high-protein, low sugar, and no oil or butter alternative. While it might sound a little iffy, the cinnamon does an excellent job of bringing out great flavors while masking the protein powder. You deserve to splurge a little, so why not do it with something that you and your body will enjoy?

What’s your go-to high protein meals?


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