There is long-standing myth that being a vegetarian is bad for you because it means you don’t get enough protein.
While this can be true, it doesn’t have to be. There is enough out there these days (and has always been) to make sure you get the nutrients you need while staying away from meat and fish.
Here are a few of our favourite ways to eat high-protein, vegetarian style:
One of the best things about peanut butter is that you can eat it with almost anything. On toast, with an apple, with celery, as part of a dressing for a salad, heck you can just take a spoonful and shove it straight in your mouth!
One of the other great things about it is that it’s full of protein; two tablespoons contain an impressive 15 grams.
This is the best ever. Typically I eat it when I just got done with a workout and am ravenous. No cooking necessary: just your favourite veggies and a tub of hummus (just make sure you know when to stop, I’ve seen half a family-size tub away in under an hour!)
2 tbsp of hummus will give you a nice 7 grams of protein.
Try: Hummus flatbread pizza with Greek salad
Yes. Oats. Oat pancakes, toasted oat flakes in salad, overnight oats. My get out the door but eat well food is oatmeal in a mug – just add honey for sweetness.
These little grains are quite the little protein powerhouse. You’ll find 6 grams of protein in a cup of cooked oats and 4 grams in a cup of oat milk.
Something I could eat by the bucketload, is steamed edamame sprinkled with sea salt. You steam the beans in their pod, sprinkle them with salt, and then pop them out of their shells. You get the salt from the shell and the chewy edamame. It is a dreamy snack.
It’s also a protein-rich snack. You’ll get 8.5 grams in half a cup!
Try: Peppery Edamame
So simple. Can be cooked pretty much anyway you like them: boiled, poached, baked, fried, or scrambled; and don’t require any kind of accompaniment, you can eat them on their own.
You’ll get about 6 grams if protein in a single boiled egg.
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