So you’ve decided to take the plunge and give up meat, the only problem is you’re not sure where to get your protein now. Have no fear… consider this article your cheat sheet to non-meat proteins.
So firstly, why protein? Proteins are super important for your bones, muscles, skin, blood and more. It helps with the fortification of skin and nails to make them both strong and beautiful and helps to rebuild tissue that breaks down. Protein in many ways acts as a foundation for a healthy and strong body. Here are a few great ways to reap all the benefits of protein:
This is one of the easiest (and most delicious) ways to get protein into your body. One of my favorite meals is simply mixing black beans, cilantro, white rice, corn, onions, and tomatoes. Beans not only act as a great source of protein, but as the magical fruit, they also have an amazing impact on your digestive system.
If you love hummus (make your own here) even half as much as I do, you’ll be ecstatic to hear that this is a bangin’ way to sneak some more protein into your diet. So load up that pita chip with your favorite dip because Not only are they filled with fiber, they have very few calories yet still make you feel full.
What came first….? Who cares because eggs are delicious – thank you chickens for your hard work sitting on those puppies. Not only are eggs the stuff of dreams, but they’re also jam-packed with nutritional content. Eggs happen to be one of the more inexpensive foods, so like beans, they are affordable in most every budget. They’re full of good cholesterol, are a very filling source of protein.
These little guys have found themselves at the center of many health debates regarding their true nutritional content or lack thereof. They are full of protein and versatile because they take on the flavor of the foods you pair them with, making them an obvious substitute for meat. If you’re still curious about tofu, check out this article full of facts for newbies.
I stand by my belief that nuts make just about everything better. One of the best things about nuts is that there are so many different kinds and they can be used at every. single. meal. Nuts are amazing for your health and contain so many of the good, unsaturated fats that you need to power through your day. They are also full of fiber and heart healthy.