Many people come to me and ask me for meat alternatives to still get the amount of protein that they need for their body.
“Meatless Mondays” are a thing, and there are a host of other reasons that people are turning to meat-alternatives for their protein source, whether it be one day per week, some days out of the week, or all the time. – Benefits include reduction of heart disease and stroke risk, limiting cancer risk, curbing obesity, and simply including more plants in the diet. Further, less disease means less healthcare costs on your budget, and less meat purchased means dollars saved at the grocery store!
So, what are your options?
Onegreenplanet.org has a great guide on vegan sources of protein (Vegan = not animal-derived at all) and you can read the full article here! (http://bit.ly/1FVFOFF) To name a few that they listed: lentils, tofu, black beans, quinoa, amaranth, green peas, artichokes, hemp seeds, oatmeal, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, tempeh (a fermented form of soy high in protein, easy to digest, and rich in probiotics – good for your gut!), hemp milk, and edamame. Check out their article for the full list (25 items!)
Top five best?
- Beans, peas, and lentils
- Seeds and raw nuts
- Hemp seeds and quinoa
- Whole grains
Top five worst?
- Veggie burgers and meatless chicken nuggets
- Protein powder
- Roasted, salted nuts
- Tofu deli meats (think, Tofurkey)
In the end, although meat is a large part of our general American culture, we have a lot of different options today to still get a good amount of protein while making it tasty.
Have you tried Meatless Monday? Do you have a story to share about it? I would love to know – please share with us!