Meatless Sources Of Protein You Should Rely On More

Whether you’re looking to live that vegetarian life, or you’re simply trying to cut down on animal fats and red meat for your health, or trying to save on money, cutting down on meat can be beneficial. We don’t need it every day. What we do need, however, is protein. Animal proteins are the easiest to find and the easiest for our body to absorb. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t alternatives. Here are some meatless sources of protein you should try more often.

Soy

Soybeans are a great whole source of protein, which is the type of proteins (with all amino acids) that your body needs to absorb and use said protein. There are lots of ways to get your soy, from soya milk to tofu, which can be used in a huge variety of recipes and often works as a great replacement for meat in things like stews, thanks to the fact that it absorbs the flavours of whatever it’s being cooked in very well.

Seeds

Sure, it might sound like birdfeed, but one of the best things about seeds is how easy they are to use across all meals. You can have them with yoghurt or cereal for breakfast, you can put them in your soup, you can litter your sandwiches with them. Whether it’s chia seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, or even cannabis seeds (don’t worry, they won’t get you high), adding these to your diet can help you get a helping of not just protein, but the fatty oils that are vital for so many of the body’s processes. A handful of seeds with every meal can help you top up on your protein needs easily.

Nuts

Just like seeds, nuts are very versatile. In fact, they can be used in almost all the same ways that seeds can, for breakfast, dinner, lunch, and so on. Nut butter and peanut butter bring even more variety to the table. Just be sure that any nut-based products you use don’t have added oils, sugars, or salts. They should be made of 100% nuts. Almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, and pistachios are the most protein-rich of the legumes, so try and focus on getting these in your diet, first and foremost.

 

Dark, leafy green vegetables

You shouldn’t be leaving your dinner table until you’ve made sure you have eaten your greens. Out of all vegetables, some of the most nutrient rich of all are those dark green vegetables. Green peas, brussel sprouts, and spinach are some examples of those veggies highest in protein. They are not enough, on their own, to meet your protein needs, but they do contribute, and they are also high in fiber, helping your digestion and your ability to absorb nutrients from the food that you eat easily. They’re also very versatile, fitting into everything from salads to curries to side dishes.

 

Hopefully, the tips above can help you ensure that you meet your protein requirements. Protein is essential, and you need to make sure that you get your fill.

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