7 Of The Tastiest Vegan And Vegetarian Protein Sources

A very healthy alternative to meat that you can have.

If this is the start of your journey to being vegan or vegetarian, then I am sure there are tons of questions you would want to get answers for. For many of those who have shifted to being vegan or vegetarian, a great adjustment has to be made specifically with the ingredients you use for dishes or meals that you are so used to having. But it shouldn’t be something to worry about as there are always alternatives, be it for aesthetics, for tastes or for a source of vitamins and minerals. Take for example protein.

We all know that protein is as important as any other mineral we need for our body to function the way it does. And for non-vegans or non-vegetarians, protein would usually come in the form of meat. What most of them don’t know is that we can get so much protein form a number of non-meat items.

Here are some of the best protein sources that vegans and vegetarians can use for their daily meals.

Check them out below.


Vegan And Vegetarian Protein Sources

 

Peanut butter
Not only is it tasty, but it’s crammed with protein too. Just two tablespoons packs around 7-8g of protein. Just be careful which brand you buy – a lot of them contain excessive amounts of sugar.

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Quinoa
The whole grain that stands above the rest. It’s healthy, filling and contains slightly more protein than other grains. For around 8 grams of protein, you’ll need to eat a cup of cooked Quinoa – which shouldn’t be too problematic, right? As an added bonus, as well as being protein rich, it’s also a “complete” protein in that it has all of the essential amino acids packaged together.

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Edamame
This soybean is full of protein, providing 17 grams per cup. Enjoy them as a snack or in your favorite recipe of hummus .

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Beans
Canned beans are a quick and easy source of protein in just ½ cup you can find 8. Beans are also a good source of iron.

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Seitan
This replacement of meat is more frequent in Asian cuisines. It is pure gluten – the protein component of wheat – so if you are allergic or sensitive to gluten, this is not the option for you. With 21 grams of protein per 1/3 cup, this alternative to meat is dense protein that also offers some iron.

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Tofu
Tofu is probably the best known vegetarian protein. A cheese made from soybeans is a versatile ingredient. Its mild flavor is well suited to a variety of condiments and comes in several different textures; smooth and creamy sturdy and firm. It is also full of protein: ½ cup of tofu has 20 grams.

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Tempeh
This vegan ingredient – nutty flavor – has 15 grams of protein per half cup. It is made from fermented soybean, which is a slightly more nutritious alternative for tofu ( it has more fiber and vitamins).

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A very big thank you to stronghealth24.com for this useful information.

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