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Lean Protein Group

Table of protein foods

Meats Fish
Lean cuts of beef, ham, lamb, pork, and veal Finfish such as catfish, cod, flounder, haddock, halibut, herring, mackerel, pollock, salmon, sea bass, snapper, swordfish, trout, and tuna
Game meats like bison, rabbit, and venison Shellfish such as clams, crabs, crayfish, lobster, mussels, octopus, oysters, scallops, squid (calamari), and shrimp
Lean ground beef, pork, and lamb Canned fish such as anchovies, clams, tuna, and sardines
Lean luncheon meats  
Organ meats like liver and giblets  
Poultry Eggs
Chicken, duck, goose, and turkey Chicken and duck eggs
Ground chicken and turkey  
Cheese Nuts
Hard natural cheeses like cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, and parmesan Almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, mixed nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts
Soft cheeses like ricotta and cottage  
Processed cheeses like American  
Soybean Products  
Textured vegetable protein