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3 Ways to Eat Protein Without Meat

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most people know that protein must be a part of your regular diet. It's a necessary nutrient for keeping the body functioning properly. And when it comes to consuming protein, most people think of one thing … meat. But what if you’re not much of a meat fan? How do you get enough protein to keep you healthy? Luckily, there are numerous sources of protein that aren't meat-based at all. If you’re looking for alternative sources for protein, take a look at these great non meat options.

Peas

Many are surprised to find that peas are rich in protein. We think of peas as a vegetable side dish … but protein? Actually, yes! Peas may not seem like the first choice, but they're a great option to keep in your cabinet. Along with healthy amounts of protein, peas also give you healthy doses of fiber, folate, manganese, and Vitamin K. They taste good, are easy to fix, and are an excellent addition to any menu.

Beans

You've heard of beans and probably eaten plenty in your life. Beans are packed with both protein and fiber. This makes them a great option for keeping you feeling full and satisfied. If you want the healthiest bean options, choose a lower fat higher protein option like black beans or kidney beans. They're easy to cook, easy to include in your meals, and a great non meat option for packing in the protein.

Pumpkin Seeds

Most people don't expect to see pumpkin seeds on a list for high protein foods, but this tiny snack food is a great source of this nutrient. You can buy them at your local grocery store, or if pumpkins are in season, you can cook them for yourself. Pumpkin seeds are delicious when lightly salted and roasted. They're easy to prepare and store. Just pop a handful or two in your mouth for a protein-packed, lower calorie healthy snack any time of day.

Getting enough protein is crucial for living your life in the best health. It's a necessary part of a good diet, and you’ll need to consume plenty to keep your body strong. Use these foods to replace or add to your meat options, and make sure that your protein intake keeps your diet healthy and well balanced.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Fort Collins, Colo.

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