What Are Non-Meat Protein Sources?

Protein is essential. It is essential not only to our health but it is a key macronutrient that will aid in your weight loss and healthy lifestyle efforts. Protein keeps you full throughout the day, helps to burn a lot of calories while being disgested, and it helps retain muscle mass.

When most of us think of protein, we think of meat sources. Since LIFEstyle is key to this process, we understand and recognize we all do not like to eat meat. Meat can be higher in saturated fats, cholesterol, and can be more expensive. Some of us are adapting to a more vegetarian diet while others have embraced a more vegan lifestyle.

No matter your lifestyle preference, it’s important to consume the right amount of protein.

One of the most common questions we receive from clients is “How do I get in my daily protein without negatively impacting the other diet factors?

Here is a short list of excellent non-meat protein sources:


Beans & Legumes:

Gabanzo Beans
Lentils
Kidney Beans
Black Beans
Black-eyed peas
Green peas
Pinto Beans

Vegetables:
Spinach
Brussel Sprouts
Swiss Chard
Kale
Greens (Turnip, Mustard, Collards, etc)
Asparagus
Snap Peas
Mushrooms
Broccoli
Hummus
Corn

Nuts & Seeds:
Almonds
Cashews
Flax Seeds
Walnuts
Pumpkin Seeds
Pine Nuts
Pistachios
Peanuts
Hempseed
Sunflower Seeds
Chia
Poppy Seeds
Peanut/Nut Butters

Whole Grains:
Whole Wheat Pasta/Spaghetti
Oatmeal/Rolled Oats
Whole Wheat Bread/Tortilla
Bulgur
Quinoa
Buckwheat
Brown Rice
Amaranth

Dairy & Eggs:
Non-Fat/Low Fat Cottage Cheese
Non-Fat Greek
Eggs
Milk
Cheese (string, cheddar, swiss, ricotta, mozzarella, brie, blue, etc)

Soy:
Edamame
Tofu
Soy Yogurt
Soy Milk
Tempeh

Protein Alternatives:
Protein Powders (soy protein isolate, whey protein isolate, caseine, rice, pea)
Protein Bars
Protein Cereals
Protein Chips
Veggie Burgers & Other Veggie “meatless” sources (watch the sodium)

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Thanks!
-Eric & Maleka Beal

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