After watching a food documentary back in October of 2012, I decided to once again stop eating meat.
The number one question I get asked as a vegetarian is, “Where’s the PROTEIN?”.
To be honest, this question mostly comes from my mom, but even strangers will ask when I tell them I don’t eat meat.
So today, I’m here to tell you about different protein sources for vegetarians.
This way, I will forever be able to point people to this post instead of laughing out loud when asked this question. Yes, it has gotten to the point where I just laugh at people when I’m asked where’s the protein in my diet.
Protein sources for vegetarians
Grains such as quinoa and bulgur are full of protein. Use them instead of rice in your meals. They taste great and will meet your protein needs without meat.
Beans and Lentils
Beans are known as the musical fruit, but they do more than make you go toot-toot. There are many different kinds of beans and lentils out there so you can mix them up without getting bored. Use them in everything from vegetarian chilis to tacos and veggie burgers.
Nuts contain protein, just like grains and beans. They are great for little snacks, especially if you are on the go. Every morning after my workout, I eat an apple with raw, organic almond butter. That along with a green juice or a green smoothie is a great way to start the day.
Seeds, such as hemp and chia, are full of protein. Hemp seeds are a complete protein source and “contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain a healthy human life,” according to the David Wolfe in his book, Superfoods – The Food and Medicine of the Future (affiliate link).
Chia seeds don’t contain as much protein as hemp seeds, but they do have some and they are also loaded with fiber and calcium. Try adding different seeds to your smoothies, salads and other foods. Chances are your taste buds won’t know they are there but your body will.
Bet you didn’t know green vegetables contain protein. Broccoli, kale and even romaine lettuce are all good sources of protein and so much better for you than a steak. Eat a variety of raw, green vegetables each day in salads, green smoothies and other meals. I promise you will feel great.
Yep, even fruit contains protein. Avocados, peaches and figs are good fruits to add to your diet for reasons beyond just protein.
I know that the government has corrupted Americans and the rest of the world into thinking that animals are the only source of protein. But this isn’t the case.
You don’t need meat or dairy for your protein. Or even your calcium. There are many other sources out there that come from the Earth and are healthier for you.
I highly suggest you start replacing at least a portion of the meat you eat each day with some of these other foods. You will feel so much better.
Stepping off my soapbox… for now.