4 Sources of Veggie Protein for a Long, Healthy Life

By Amber Page

According to The New York Times, getting your protein from plant-based sources instead of animals could help you live longer.

A recent study found that people who ate the most plant-based protein lowered their risk of dying from a stroke or heart disease by almost 30 percent when compared to people who got most of their protein from meat.

Numbers like that are enough to get even the most dedicated carnivore to reconsider their food choices. Want to give plant-based protein a try? Try this list of foods for a satisfying, healthy meal.

Try Tofu, Tempeh, or Edamame

All three of these foods are soybean products, which are considered a complete source of protein. Even better, they can be prepared a number of different ways, giving you plenty of options for a tasty meal.

Try a bowl of steamed edamame as an appetizer at your next meal. Make a big plate of crumbled tofu instead of scrambled eggs. Or substitute tempeh for chicken in a healthful stir fry. The options are almost limitless!

Learn to Love Lentils

One cup of lentils delivers almost 20 grams of protein -- not to mention a healthy dose of fiber, iron and potassium. They come in both red and green varieties, and can be used in a wide range of dishes, including curries, soups, salads -- and even meatloaf!

You can also eat them on their own (once they're cooked, of course). Add spices like garlic, cumin or sage to tailor them to your tastes.

Check Out Chickpeas

They're not only packed full of protein, they're incredibly versatile. Cook them up in soups, stews or casseroles. Or pop open a can and make a chickpea salad sandwich (instead of chicken).

There are tons of recipes online -- you can even use them in brownies!

Go Nutty for Nuts

Peanuts and almonds are packed with protein -- and since they can be eaten by the handful without any further preparation, they're the ultimate snack food.

Peanuts are also chock full of healthy fats, while almonds deliver a powerful dose of Vitamin E. 

Not a snacker? You can also use these healthful nuts in salads, on sandwiches and as part of cooked dishes like pad thai. 

When it comes to veggie-based proteins, this list is just the tip of the iceberg! Do some searching online -- or in your grocery store -- and you'll turn up a wealth of plant-based foods that are protein heavy hitters -- not to mention delicious!

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