High-protein Eating, Vegetarian Style

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:

Just add peanut butter Jar of peanut butter with nuts. On wooden texture.

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.

Eat hummus for dinnerHomemade hummus with lemon, herbs and freshly baked baguette on rustic wooden serving board over dark blue plywood background, top view, horizontal composition, Vegetarian food concept

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

Power up with oatmeal Young woman with muesli bowl. Girl eating breakfast cereals with nuts, pumpkin seeds, oats and yogurt in bowl. Girl holding homemade granola. Healthy snack or breakfst in the morning.

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.

Eat your (edamame) beans Vegan, detox green Buddha bowl recipe with quinoa, avocado, cucumber, spinach, tomatoes, mung bean sprouts, edamame beans, daikon radish. Top view, flat lay, copy space

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

Remember eggs! Pan of fried eggs, bacon and cherry-tomatoes with bread on dark table surface, top view

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.

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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