Vegan Sources of Protein

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.

Convinced yet?

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!



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