Sneaky Ways To Eat Protein Without Meat Jan 11, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)
Protein is something we should always have in our diets. It’s the building block for our muscles and organs, so it’s important to have a little bit of protein with every meal. Protein doesn’t necessarily have to come from animal sources, and there are multitudes of ways to obtain good proteins from plant sources. Animal proteins can be high in unhealthy fats and more difficult to cook and prepare properly, so shake things up and make your diet a little easier with some of these sneaky proteins.
Nuts are one of the easier ways to obtain protein if you’re looking for nutritious alternatives. There are a ton of different types of nuts so you can enjoy a great variety in your diet. If you don’t like the crunch that comes with nuts you can also opt for nut butter that’s also a great source of protein. Nut butter can have about 4g of protein per tablespoon! Try and go for the unsalted nuts, however, just to keep sodium levels down.
Seeds are so delicious, and we often overlook them when we’re cooking. Remember how great pumpkin seeds were when you roasted them as a child? Seeds taste great, and they are just as good for you! There is about 42g of protein in 100g of seeds, as well as healthy oils. You can have seeds on salads or try some new dishes featuring these yummy seeds. Just be sure to keep an eye on your seed intake as they have a very high-calorie count.
Cheese and dairy products are quite high in protein. If you’re a vegan then obviously you’ll take a pass, but for everyone else cheese and yogurt are very high in protein at about 42g in a 100g serving. Low-sodium parmesan has the highest protein content of all of the cheeses. Greek yogurt is another great way to get a large serving of protein, but try and find unsweetened versions low in sugar or sugar substitutes. Don’t worry Greek yogurt is good enough on its own, and for an easy trick you can add nuts or seeds!
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