Protein is an essential part of any diet – it can boost your metabolism and help keep your appetite steady through out the entire day. Contrary to popular believe, meat is not the only way to enjoy protein. There’s actually a diverse world of meat-protein to enjoy in legumes, seeds, dairy products and more! Check out our list of our favourite Meat-less Proteins to help you through a Meatless Monday!
For such a small and unassuming seed, chia seeds pack an incredible amount of nutrition and protein into such a tiny package. At 17 grams of protein per every 100 grams, chia seeds contain a decent amount of protein compared to most plants. They are also high in fiber, calcium, antioxidants and omega-3s and while they look intimidating there is really no wrong way to eat them. Toss them into a smoothie, sprinkle them into your oatmeal or even water – the sky’s the limit!
Edamame is known as one of the greatest alternative to chicken and gives you a crazy amount of protein. One half-cup of soybeans gives you about (are you ready?) about 34 grams of protein – that’s even more than chicken! For comparison, a half-cup of chicken has only 17 grams of protein. Talk about natural protein!
Dairy foods are high-quality proteins and a little definitely goes a long way. With 17 grams of protein for a 6-oz container, Greek yogurt has nearly twice the protein of regular protein. While it can be eaten solo with no add-in’s, we like to combine it with fruit to give it a sweet kick!
Eating chickpeas (otherwise known as garbanzo beans) is a great way to meet your meatless protein needs. The best thing about chickpeas is that they are very versatile: Stew them in a curry, blend them into hummus or fry them as falafels, you’ll never get bored with so many variations of chickpeas. They not only provide nutrients such as dietary fibers, but they are also low in saturated fat and are cholesterol-free. Snack away!
This ancient seed is not only high in protein but also ridiculously low in cholesterol and a great source of iron and fiber. Quinoa is called a “complete protein” meaning it contains all nine of the essential amino acids, which cannot be made by the body (and hence must come from our food). Quinoa is highly versatily and tastes wonderful so it can be mixed into anything whether its salad, baked or used as stuffing. Yum!