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Slide 1 of 8: You wanted unsung protein sources, well WE'RE COMING OUT OF THE GATE HARD. Duck breast isn't as lean as chicken breast, but it is at least 1,220 percent more delicious. And it contains a powerful amount of muscle-building protein—46 grams per breast if you're order the kind from D'Artagnan.Quack quack.

Slide 2 of 8: They're soybeans, and soybeans—as evident in soybean-based products such as tofu and tempeh (both also good foods to help you build muscle)—are rich in protein. The beans themselves contain 19 grams per cup, which is understandably a lot of soybeans, but not that much if you're using them as a salad topper or snack.

Slide 3 of 8: Oh, how fancy.Plump, briny, and refreshing—these bivalves contain multitudes of flavors, and also about two grams of protein a pop. Which means if you order a half dozen as an appetizer, you'll slurp down 12 grams of protein before your meal even starts.

Slide 4 of 8: Lean, but still mightily meaty, ground bison (or steaks, if you can find them) contain a sturdy amount of muscle-building protein. Per just 3 ounces of ground bison, you'll eat almost 22 grams of protein for only 152 calories.

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Slide 5 of 8: Okay yeah yeah yeah the intro said salmon wouldn't be on this list (but who reads intros anyway?). Except that while smoked salmon comes from salmon, of course, it has an entirely different flavor profile that makes it great for everything from scrambling into eggs to flaking atop a mixed greens salad. Three ounces contain about 15 grams of protein.

Slide 6 of 8: One cup of chickpeas has about 15 grams of protein. Beyond hummus, they're amazing in chana masala, Moroccan stews, and even added to Tex-Mex chili.

Slide 7 of 8: Like, real milk. Not oat milk or almond milk or chia milk or unicorn milk. Cow's milk. Most alternative"milks" contain only a smidge or two of protein. One cup of cow's milk has almost eight grams.

Slide 8 of 8: Skeptical, you may be, but these small swimmers actually contain a netful of protein. One can houses a mighty 23 grams of the nutrient, and if you're wondering how the hell am I going to eat an entire can of sardines, well you eat them on top of a good crusty bread with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a hefty sprinkling of sea salt, that's how.

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1) Duck Breast

You wanted unsung protein sources, well WE'RE COMING OUT OF THE GATE HARD.

Duck breast isn't as lean as chicken breast, but it is at least 1,220 percent more delicious. And it contains a powerful amount of muscle-building protein—46 grams per breast if you're order the kind from D'Artagnan.

Quack quack.

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2) Edamame

They're soybeans, and soybeans—as evident in soybean-based products such as tofu and tempeh (both also good foods to help you build muscle)—are rich in protein. The beans themselves contain 19 grams per cup, which is understandably a lot of soybeans, but not that much if you're using them as a salad topper or snack.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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3) Oysters

Oh, how fancy.

Plump, briny, and refreshing—these bivalves contain multitudes of flavors, and also about two grams of protein a pop. Which means if you order a half dozen as an appetizer, you'll slurp down 12 grams of protein before your meal even starts.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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4) Bison

Lean, but still mightily meaty, ground bison (or steaks, if you can find them) contain a sturdy amount of muscle-building protein. Per just 3 ounces of ground bison, you'll eat almost 22 grams of protein for only 152 calories.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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5) Smoked Salmon

Okay yeah yeah yeah the intro said salmon wouldn't be on this list (but who reads intros anyway?). Except that while smoked salmon comes from salmon, of course, it has an entirely different flavor profile that makes it great for everything from scrambling into eggs to flaking atop a mixed greens salad. Three ounces contain about 15 grams of protein.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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6) Chickpeas

One cup of chickpeas has about 15 grams of protein. Beyond hummus, they're amazing in chana masala, Moroccan stews, and even added to Tex-Mex chili.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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7) Milk

Like, real milk. Not oat milk or almond milk or chia milk or unicorn milk. Cow's milk. Most alternative"milks" contain only a smidge or two of protein. One cup of cow's milk has almost eight grams.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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8) Sardines

Skeptical, you may be, but these small swimmers actually contain a netful of protein. One can houses a mighty 23 grams of the nutrient, and if you're wondering how the hell am I going to eat an entire can of sardines, well you eat them on top of a good crusty bread with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a hefty sprinkling of sea salt, that's how.

Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article.

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