Did you resolve to reduce your red meat consumption this year? Or did you go whole hog (please pardon the pun) and swear off eating meat all together?
If this is your first foray into vegetarianism, you have one big question on your mind.
“How do I replace all the protein I get from eating meat?”
For anyone who makes an effort to eat a balanced diet, it’s perhaps the most common question when considering the move to a vegetarian diet or if they recently made the leap.
An offshoot of the concern is worrying about getting ‘complex’ or ‘complete’ proteins, which are those that contain all the amino acids our bodies don’t produce on their own. Most of the sources of complex proteins, including red meat, chicken and fish, are off-limits for vegetarian diets.
Protein-Packed Meat-Less Food to the Rescue
First, most vegetables, nuts and grains contain some protein. So much so, if you eat a variety of them, you really don’t have to worry about eating certain combinations to make sure you get all your complex proteins.
And if you really want to make protein a big part of your vegetarian diet, put some or all of the following on the menu.
While many foods have recently claimed the title of ‘superfood’, quinoa can lay claim to being one of the richest sources of protein, with just ¼ cup delivering as much protein as one egg.
We’ve told you before about why you need more chia seeds in your diet, including the fact that they are a great source of protein.
Well, it’s actually the chickpeas that have all the protein, but when you use them to make hummus, they are so much more enjoyable.
Popeye was right, protein builds muscles and a cup of spinach has 5 grams of it.
That’s right, your oat porridge is full of protein; 6 grams in a cup!
Here’ another way you can stick to your New Year’s resolution and not have to worry about getting enough protein in a vegetarian diet: call your Fit Food Nutrition Concierge.