Meat-Free Ways to Get More Protein

May 02, 2014 1

Think you need meat to satisfy your protein needs? Think again. There are plenty of great options for vegans and vegetarians looking to incorporate more protein into their diet.  Nuts Nuts are an easy and delicious way to get your protein fix. You can eat nuts by themselves (opt for unsalted ones) or add them to your favorite meals for an extra kick. You have a variety of nuts to choose from, so reach for your favorite ones!   Seeds Seeds come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes but they have one thing in common; they are a nutritious living food. Seeds are an excellent source of protein, providing upwards of 33 grams of protein per 100 gram serving.    Beans Beans are a great source of protein, especially black and garbanzo beans. You can eat beans, throw them in a salad, or make a tasty dip. If you’re eating canned beans, rinse them to remove any added sodium from the canning process.   Soy Foods made from soybeans are some of the highest vegetarian sources of protein. Tempeh and tofu, for example, contain about 15 and 20 grams per half cup. There are plenty of soy recipes and alternatives to choose from so don’t hesitate to experiment.   Grains Many whole grains are a good source of protein. Check out our post on quinoa for an in depth look at a powerful grain. Other whole grains, including whole grain bread, brown rice, and barley are also healthy meat-free ways to get protein.     Check out these high-protein vegan recipes for more fun ways to include protein into your diet!   Protein

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