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What foods are good sources of carbohydrates and protein?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Foods that contain both carbohydrate and protein include some whole grain products such as quinoa; yogurt especially Greek yogurt; dried or canned beans; and soy products such as tofu and tempeh. Both carbohydrate and protein are important nutrients to include in your diet. Carbohydrates are the body's preferred source for energy. Protein is used by our body for growth and repairs of tissues; regulate body functions; as well as a source of energy. Both carbohydrate and protein provide 4 calories/gram.

Ms. Ashley Koff, RD
Nutrition & Dietetics
Foods that are good sources of carbohydrates and protein include:
  • Dairy/dairy substitutes: cottage cheese, plain, nonfat or low-fat; mozzarella, part skim or nonfat; ricotta, part skim or nonfat; yogurt, plain Greek
  • Vegetables: beans (adzuki, black, cannelloni, edamame, garbanzo, kidney, lentil, lima, navy, mung, pinto), bean soups, hummus & bean dips, tofu (fresh, cube), soy or veggie burger, tempeh
  • Grains: amaranth; barley; basmati rice; bread, mixed whole-grain or 100% whole-rye; brown rice; buckwheat; bulgur (cracked wheat); crackers, whole-grain; millet; oats, whole; oatmeal, cooked; pasta, kamut; pita, whole-wheat; quinoa; teff; tortilla, whole-wheat; spelt; wild rice
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