I wanted to do a post on this because “How do you get enough protein?”, is a question I get asked all the time. Meat eaters don’t seem to understand that there are so many different ways to get protein that doesn’t include animal products.
I’m going to go over 11 different sources of protein so be prepared for a long post 😉 Let’s get into it….
- Quinoa: This is one of my favorite sources of protein. It’s super easy to make and it’s packed with goodness! It has 8 grams of protein per cup and it’s also a great source of fiber and magnesium.
2. Tofu: I know that tofu looks disgusting (and sometimes, it is) BUT when cooked correctly it can be delicious. Tofu can be grilled, baked, fried, etc. It takes on the taste of whatever you season it with. I love using it in lasgana and in tofu scrambles. It also has 10 grams of protein per cup.
3. Lentils: I am obsessed with lentils. I could honestly just eat an entire can of them. Lentil soup is one of my favorite things to eat in the winter. They are in the legume family for those who have no idea what a lentil is. They contain 9 grams of protein per cup and they also contain 15 grams of fiber!
4. Soy milk: I don’t drink a ton of soy milk because I try to not consume much soy but it does contains 8 grams of proteins per cup and it’s also has 4 grams of heart healthy fats.
5. Hemp seeds: These little seeds sure do pack a punch! They contain 13 grams of protein in just 3 tablespoons. I like adding hemp seeds to my smoothies or sprinkling some on top of salads.
6. Black beans: I eat black beans almost weekly. They are good by themselves, in burritos, in buddha bowls, etc. Black beans contain 8 grams of protein per 1/2 cup. They are also filled with antioxidants and the healthiest of all the beans.
7. Broccoli: This is a veggie I eat with almost every meal. It’s so yummy and so easy to pop on the stove with some olive oil + salt & pepper for a couple minutes. Although it doesn’t contain a ton of protein, it still contains 4 grams per cup and is loaded with calcium and fiber.
8. Tempeh: This can be used as “bacon”, on sandwiches, in scrambles, etc. It takes on the flavor of whatever sauce or seasoning you make it with. It also is packed with 12 grams of protein per cup!
9. Veggies: Most people don’t realize this but most green veggies actually have protein in them. One cup of cooked spinach has 7 grams of protein and kale has about 5 grams per cup!
10. Almonds: Believe it or not, almonds have 7 grams of protein per cup or in 2 tablespoons of almond butter.
11. Nutritional Yeast: I saved this one for last because it’s my favorite. This is a flavoring agent to give foods that “cheesy” flavor. I used this on just about everything and it contains 8 grams of protein in only 2 tablespoons!