There
are many reasons that people decide to become vegetarian – to lose
weight, protest cruelty to animals, help the environment, and live
longer to name a few. But one reason of the biggest arguments that
people have against vegetarianism is that their diets are
protein-deficient. While this is certainly true in a lot of cases, it
doesn’t have to be.
Check
out these five vegetarian-friendly sources of protein.
Eggs
It is no wonder why eggs are such a popular breakfast choice; each
one contains 6 grams of protein! Even better, the protein found in
eggs is considered to be the most beneficial out of any food,
including meat. Eggs are also potent in vitamin B12, a key nutrient
which is commonly lacking in vegetarian diets.
Beans
Whether you buy them fresh or canned, beans are one of the cheapest
protein sources you will find. Beans can contain as many as 14 grams
of protein per cup, and are very versatile. Kidney, black, white, and
pinto beans can all easily be added into your pasta, stir-fry, or
salad for a healthy dose of protein and fiber.
Nuts & Nut Butters
In addition to protein, nuts and nut butters are also abundant in
healthy fats. Grab a handful of peanuts, walnuts, almonds, or cashews
for a quick afternoon snack, or buy a jar of peanut or almond butter
and put it on your bread, apples, bananas, and celery. Because of the
high fat levels, nuts are very calorie-dense, so eat them in
moderation if you are trying to lose weight!
Milk, Cheese, and
Yogurt
Dairy is known for its high levels of calcium, but it also provides a
plentiful amount of protein; low-fat milks, cheeses, and yogurts in
particular can all boast more than 10 grams per serving. Greek yogurt
packs in 20 grams of protein in a single serving, while containing
only half of the sugar as regular yogurt.
Tofu
When you think of vegetarian foods, you can’t help but think of tofu.
While it has somewhat of a bad reputation with carnivores, the truth
is that tofu is as versatile as a food can be. With many different
forms, tastes, and textures, it can easily be used to replace meat in
nearly any dish.
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