60 high protein foods in Nigeria: Time table of Nigerian Protein Diet Plan?

What are the Nigerian foods rich in proteins? I mean both plant and animal proteins in Nigerians…

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Proteins are an essential part of the six classes of food. Generally, Nigerian foods are high in calories (carbohydrates and fats) but low in proteins.

Proteins, known as the building foods are very important to the growth and well being of all living creatures including humans. According to HEALTHLINE, “protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.”

60 high protein foods in Nigeria: Time table of Nigerian Protein Diet Plan
Animal protein (chicken) and plant protein (dawadawa) in Nigeria

Proteins help fill the stomach, and they are a key component for weight loss diet meal plan.

The generally accepted principle is that a woman should eat 46 grams of protein per day, while men need 56 grams (probably because of their muscle mass). However, a good number studies are suggesting that children should be much larger quantity of protein since they need it more to grow healthily. People aiming to build muscle, pregnant or nursing women, and older adults may need more protein.

Below are some of the proteein foods in Nigeria i have compiles from reliable science literatures:

1. Plant Proteins in Nigeria

➡️egusi soup (melon seed)
➡️soya milk
➡️locust beans (iru, ogiri, dawadawa)
➡️green pea
➡️okra soup
➡️guinea corn (ogi baba)
➡️Quaker oats
➡️cashew nut
➡️Peanut butter
➡️groundnut soup
➡️edible mushroom
➡️ walnut
➡️pumpkin seed
➡️moi moi
➡️akara (bean cake)
➡️chia seeds
➡️cheese (wara)

2. Animal Proteins in Nigeria

➡️Dried Crayfish

➡️Eggs (egg whites not yolk)





➡️Goat meat


➡️Fish (croaker, shiny, scumbia)



➡️Cow milk

➡️Pork (pig meat)

➡️Bush meat (grasscutter, antelope,rabbit)

➡️Kefir (Kefir is a fermented drink, traditionally made using cow or goat milk)







➡️Ram meat

➡️Duck meat

➡️Rabbit meat

➡️ termites

➡️edible worms

PS: The building block of protein is amino acid. The human body creates 11 amino acids but must get another nine from food. Animal products are complete proteins, meaning they contain all the amino acids. Some plant products, such as soya beans and quinoa, are also complete proteins while others are incomplete proteins.(MEDICAL NEWS TODAY)


  1. Ogbono, Millet,wheat,Lentils,Okra Soup, Cocoyam,Guinea Corn (ogi baba) Walnut and Quaker Oats!
    Many people do not know that the above list are source of protein.
    Thanks for educating people.


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