8 Sources of proteins to replace meat

Author: Luann Pouliquen  •  Date: October 24, 2016  •  Appears in: Community

8 Sources of proteins to replace meat

Today, due to delicate stomachs, environmental concerns and expanding empathy for animals, vegetarianism is becoming more popular.  Yet many critics said a meatless diet is less brings less nutritions than one that includes it, principaly due to lack of proteins. 

So how can we achieve optimal health without eating meat ? We give you 8 methods to meet your daily allowance of protein when having a meatless diet. 

Chia Seeds

These powerful seeds provide you with essential amino acids your body needs. They have 2 grams of protein in every a tablespoon, they help in digestion and make you feeling fuller for longer. They are delicious sprinkled on top of a yogurt ! 
Here is a great recipe for your breakfast : Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding

Greek Yogurt

Great yogurt is a high-protein option, with twice the amount of protein as a regular yogurt. It's perfect for breakfast ! 

Quinoa

This ancient grain is another complete protein that has been making waves in the health world recently as a trending superfood to fill up on. And with 8 grams of protein per cup, it’s no wonder why. It’s also a great alternative to rice with its impressive fiber and iron count.

Looking for a good Quinoa salad recipe ? try our Mediterranean Quinoa Bowl.

Edamame

Edamame, or soybeans, are a great alternative to meat as it is the only vegetable that is a complete protein. A half-cup of soybeans has about a whopping 34 grams of protein. In comparaison, a half-cup of chicken comes in at around 17 grams.

Lentils

With 18 grams per boiled cup, lentils provide you with 37 percent of your daily recommended iron. They also contain more than half of your daily recommended fiber intake and they can aid in lowering cholesterol. Lentil soup anyone?

Hempseed

With 5 grams of protein per tablespoon serving, hempseed provides a generous helping of all nine essential amino acids. If you’re vegan, these should be on your list, as they contain essential fatty acids, like omega-3s. It is delicious sprinkled  on a salad and it adds a great texture to it. 

Almonds

Almonds are the perfect protein-filled snack ! They provide about 5-7 grams per ounce and are packed with healthy monosaturated fat and fiber. You will also be surprised on how much just a handful can fill you up ! 

Avocado

It also has 2.9 grams of protein per one cup. sliced in a salad, spred on a toast or in a burger, there are so many different ways to eat them. 

Luann Pouliquen

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Luann is in charge of Soil Mate's social medias. She is passionate about environmental sustainability, Green tech, food security matters, travel and, as any French person, good cheeses.
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