The biggest challenge with people who are either wanting to go vegetarian or looking for a new dish meat-less is getting the appropriate amount of protein. For those who are vegan or vegetarian this is a question you may be asked, where do you get your protein? Whole grains, nuts and produce can be joined together to make a complete protein for the body. Below I have compiled a list of some of the best vegetarian proteins that will aid in weight loss, keeping you full and satisfied. There are many ways to get protein, meat-less style. Check it out!
This gluten-free grains is a great source of protein, coming in at about 8 grams per cup. Easy to cook, bake or add into stir-fry.
This is a popular protein, easy to add to meals that pack about 9 grams of protein and 15 grams of fiber per cup.
The Tofu craze has exploded, with it being so versatile in any dish. Tofu can be cooked many ways and seasoned however you want is. This protein will add a nice rich, creamy texture whether you buy soft or firm.
4. Black Beans
One of the healthiest beans out of all beans and legumes; black beans are also the richest source of antioxidants. These beans add about 8 grams of protein per ½ cup.
Most commonly associated with hummus, chickpeas give a great amount of protein. One half cup equal to 6-8 grams of protein all depending on the brand.
6. Peanut Butter
The classic American staple, peanut butter gives you 8 grams of protein in only 2 tablespoons. My favorite is adding peanut butter to my Thai dishes check out recipes here.
A common snack or salad topping, almonds have 7 grams of protein per cup. Probably my favorite nut!
8. Green Beans
Not only a great protein source around 4 grams per ½ cup but also high in fiber.
In about 4-6stalks, chopped, asparagus are filled with 4 grams per cup and also give you a boost in B vitamins and fol ate.
Also, one of my favorite protein enriched foods packs 4 grams of protein in just 1 cup. That’s not all your getting; calcium, Vitamin C, fiber, and B vitamins.
These are just a few of some of my favorite staples on the meat-less protein options. Whether you are a vegetarian or just looking for some new ideas in the cooking world. The options are endless to meatless meals that still allow the proper nutrients and protein.