No one cares about your protein intake until they find out you don’t eat meat. Suddenly they get concerned. A prevalent misconception is that meat and eggs are the only sources of protein. WRONG. Way wrong. Plenty of foods contain more protein than meat without the unnecessary fat and cholesterol (and cruelty). For example:
Dark, leafy greens:
(Also chock full of vitamins A, D, & K)
1 cup cooked spinach = 7 g protein
1 cup French beans = 13 g protein
2 cups cooked kale = 5 g protein
1 cup boiled peas = 9 g protein
Soy or Almond Milk: 1 cup = 7-9 g protein
Peanut Butter / Almond Butter / Cashew Butter: 2-3 tbsp = 8 g protein
Quinoa / Bulgur Wheat: 1 cup = 9 g protein
Tofu: 4 oz = 9 g protein
Lentils: 1 cup = 18 g protein
Pinto / Kidney/ Black Beans: 1 cup = 13-15 g protein
Tempeh: 1 cup = 30 g protein
Sprouted-grain Bread: 2 slices = 10 g protein
Edamame: 1/2 cup cooked = 15 g protein
Other healthy protein sources include salmon, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and avocado.
These items are super versatile, not to mention filling. Meat cravings are usually the body signaling it needs protein. Give it a hearty quesadilla filled with beans, sauteed kale, and quinoa (plus whatever other toppings you like), and I promise you will not miss beef.
You’ll see many of these ingredients show up in the recipes I’ll post. Start incorporating them into your meals now, whether you still eat meat or not. Your body will thank you.
What are some other healthy sources of protein? List them in the comments below!