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Non-Meat Protein Sources

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Non-Meat Protein Sources

If you are looking for a suggestion, perhaps you want to challenge yourself to cut the meat out of your diet. If you are tempted to take this one step further, perhaps you can challenge yourself to lead a plant-based lifestyle through and through. No matter how small or large of a step you take in the direction of a plant-based lifestyle, your actions will make a difference. As many have said before me and I will continue to say, it takes a million people being imperfectly plant-based to make a difference rather than just one person perfectly-being plant-based. Keeping this in mind, today we are going to be talking about how to get protein without meat. Non-meat protein sources are becoming easier and more convenient to find. As the years’ pass, the consumer demand for plant-based products continues to increase which is exactly what we want to hear. Join me today in discovering ways to get protein without meat consumption.

Fruits & Vegetables

First up on our non-meat protein sources list is something you may not even think about when talking about ways to receive protein. Fruit and vegetables! Let’s get into fruits and vegetables that have protein and ways in which they can supplement our meat intake. Beginning with vegetables: spinach, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, collard greens, and more. All of these vegetables contain protein. Now of course, in order to reach a sufficient intake of protein you would need to eat these vegetables in abundance. If this is your style go right ahead. If you are only wanting to consume small amounts of these vegetables, perhaps you can pair them with some substitutes for meat protein which I will introduce to you later on in this blog. Now for the fruits: guavas, avocados, apricots, kiwis, and more. These fruits all contain protein! It’s exciting to think that all of these plants that grow from the earth are not only able to provide us with essential vitamins and minerals which are essential to our health and survival, but they are able to provide us with protein as well. This all goes to show that leading a plant-based lifestyle is completely possible, obtainable as well as durationally sustainable. If you are looking for more protein replacement for meat, try adding more fruits and vegetables to your plate.

Nuts, Grains & Legumes

Nuts, Grains & Legumes

Next up I would like to talk to you about nuts, grains, and legumes. Nuts, though higher in fats and calories, are great sources of non-meat protein. A great snack to munch on is a piece of fruit paired with a handful of nuts. The protein that is within nuts will keep you feeling full for a longer amount of time than if you were to solely snack on a piece of fruit. Nuts are great additions to salads or on top of soups and stews as well. Who doesn’t love an extra crunch every once in a while? Grains and legumes, such as beans, when paired together are known to create a complete protein. The beautiful thing about these pairings of foods is that they are extremely affordable and have an extremely long shelf life. If you are leading a waste-free lifestyle on top of your plant-based lifestyle, beans and grains are also super convenient to purchase in bulk. One of my favorite ways to eat protein-rich non-meat foods is to have a bean stew, or chili and pair it with a warm bed of grains such as rice or quinoa. These meals are also super easy to meal prep, so if you lead a busy lifestyle I suggest giving them a go.

Tofu & Tempeh

Tofu & Tempeh

As we’re learning, there are other ways to get protein besides meat. So far, we have talked about fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and legumes. Next up on our protein alternative to meat list is tofu and tempeh. I am lumping these two protein-dense foods together as they both come from the same place. This place is the soybean. Tofu is a protein-rich food that comes from processed soybeans whereas tempeh comes to be following fermentation. Tofu and tempeh are both similar in their nutrient contents. High in protein and lower in calories, carbohydrates, and fats. If you have been trying to find some protein to add to your favorite dishes, tofu and tempeh are both very versatile and work in a myriad of dishes. Both of these foods have fairly neutral flavor profiles, therefore can take on the flavors of whatever you season them with. These foods are not only nutritious but delicious as well. What more could we ask for?

2021, The Year To Ditch Meat

So now you know where to get protein other than meat. Today we just scratched the surface on this topic. There are so many other plant-based foods that are able to provide your body with a sufficient amount of protein. The consumption of meat is not necessary to be the sole provider of protein if the provider at all. 2020 was a rough year for all but I have a great feeling about 2021. Why not kick the year off cruelty-free and vegan? Now that you know what foods give you protein besides meat, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test. I believe in you, it’s time to take the plant-based plunge!

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