5 Ways to Pack in the Protein When You Give Up Meat

If you’ve given up meat for health or moral reasons, you might be struggling to get enough protein. Protein is necessary for building muscle, maintaing a healthy weight, and providing your body with enough energy to get through the day. Most people know that meat and fish are great sources of protein, but there are some great vegetarian sources of protein, too! You don’t have to eat meat or fish to get enough protein in your diet. Here are 5 ways to pack in the protein when you give up meat.

1. Eggs

Eggs are a fantastic source of protein. They also contain almost every nutrient, and are versatile. Check out 10 Surprising Ways to Eat Eggs.

2. Lentils

Lentils are packed with protein, fiber, and iron. They also have a rich, meaty texture, which makes them a great substitute for meat in burgers and meatballs. Try our Greek Lentil Soup, Spanish Lentil Salad, Crock-Pot Sloppy Joes Made with Lentils, or our Lentil-Zucchini Pancakes.

3. Tofu

Tofu is a staple of Asian cuisine, and is high in protein. It has a mild flavor, which means you can cook it in any kind of sauce you like and it will be delicious. Try our Spicy Grilled Tofu with Szechuan Vegetables for a flavorful vegetarian meal.

4. Tempeh

Like tofu, tempeh is made from soy and is a great source of protein. Add it to a stir-fry or salad, scramble it with some eggs, or try our Maple-Glazed Tempeh with Quinoa and Kale.

5. Beans

All beans are high in protein and fiber, and they’re cheap. Check out our Butternut Squash and Black Bean Quesadillas, Brown Rice & Red Beans Bowl, or Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili.

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