Non-Meat protein sources

May 8, 2014
What Are The Best Non-Meat

Featured Article, Healthy Recipes and Nutrition, Nutrition

By Anna Dickens

Contrary to popular misconception, you don’t need to devour a 16-ounce T-Bone steak to fulfill your daily protein quota. In fact, you don’t need any meat at all. Whether you’re a full-blown vegetarian or a longtime carnivore looking to cut back on your meat consumption, these 12 meatless foods are good sources of healthy, high-quality protein. Not to mention, they’re also better for the environment.

Quinoa (8 g per cup):

Although typically confused with a grain, quinoa is technically a seed—which is why it’s naturally gluten-free and high in fiber. What’s more, this all-star superfood is a complete protein, meaning it contains all 9 essential amino acids the body needs for growth and repair. With a subtle nutty flavor and chewy texture, quinoa makes a great substitution for rice or cous cous. Try these quinoa-stuffed peppers for a delectable veggie-friendly meal:

Chia (4 grams per 2 tablespoons):

Small but mighty, chia seeds are a powerhouse of protein, omega-3s, fiber and minerals. By weight, they are about 14% protein, which is very high by plant food standards. High in water content, chia seeds are also widely touted for suppressing appetite and losing weight. Soak chia seeds in oatmeal overnight for a rich, creamy texture. Try this for a great grab-and-go breakfast option:

Spinach (5 grams per one cup):

Popeye was on to something. A cup of cooked spinach contains almost 5 grams of muscle-building protein, not to mention loads of vitamin A, calcium and iron. Pretty impressive for a leafy green, huh? For a delicious take on spinach, try this :

Seitan (36 grams per half cup):

A meat substitute made from wheat gluten that’s been seasoned with salt and savory flavors, seitan is loaded with protein—almost 36 grams per half cup. Texture-wise, seitan is chewy and dense, similar to a jerky; in terms of taste, it’s incredibly versatile and adopts the flavors of the seasonings that are used. Below is a spicy, hearty seitan dish in Mexican gravy that your whole family will love:

Hummus and Pita (7 grams per 1 whole-wheat pita and 2 tablespoons of hummus):

It might be your go-to appetizer at Middle Eastern restaurants, but pita and hummus make a knockout nutritional duo. When paired together, hummus and whole-wheat pita supply all nine essential amino acids. Take that as an excuse to tuck into a serving of this Middle Eastern staple! Make hummus at home—it’s incredibly delicious and surprisingly maintenance to make. Here’s a delicious :

Nuts (5 to 7 grams per ¼ cup serving):

Peanuts, almonds, cashews and other nuts are all fantastic sources of meat-free protein. Because they’re rich in healthy fats and omega-3s, nuts are great for suppressing hunger.

Tofu (10 grams per ½ cup serving):

Made from curdled soybean milk—which probably isn’t the most appetizing description of all time—tofu is an extremely healthy, versatile protein choice for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. It’s a spongy food that holds up well to stir-fries, sautés and more. Try this hearty for dinner tonight:

Eggs (6 g per egg):

Source: spryliving.com
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