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Tasty Protein Options for Vegetarians

By Genevieve Cunningham

Becoming a vegetarian is a big decision. If you’ve previously been eating meat, you’ll likely have to change a great deal about your current diet. While eating in this manner is certainly a personal decision, and one that brings some healthy benefits, it also comes with a few concerns. One of the biggest concerns being: How do I get enough protein? Protein is essential for muscle development and the speed of your metabolism, so it’s not a good idea to do without. If you’re thinking of going meatless, take a look at these other sources of protein that might help you get enough of the good stuff.

Green Peas

Who knew that this inconspicuous little green veggie was packed full of protein? Peas are a great way to get some extra protein without having to go too far off of your regular menu. They can be found at any grocery store, are easy to fix, and can be added to multiple dishes if you’re not keen on eating them solo.

Quinoa

If you’re into health and fitness even a little bit, you’ve probably heard of quinoa. This is actually a seed that is often eaten as a side dish in the place of rice. It packs a serious protein punch per serving, and is low calorie enough to enjoy guilt-free. And with quinoa growing in popularity every day, there are some great new recipes including quinoa chili, quinoa desserts, and other healthy spins on some of your favorites.

Nuts

Nuts of all kinds tend to have lots of protein, and as another bonus, they’re also full of omega-3 fatty acid, which is good for both the joints and your brain. Luckily, there are plenty of nuts to choose from … almonds, peanuts, cashews, etc. … so you’re likely to find something that suits your tastebuds. You can eat them raw, add them to dishes, or go for the nut butter to get the protein kick.

Finding alternative sources of protein is crucial for vegetarians. But it’s entirely possible to get as much as you need without resorting to meat products. Use these foods to give you a headstart, and always talk to your doctor if making a dietary change is in your near future.

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