You may have heard of protein rich diets. While they may sound easy, what about if you are trying to avoid eating meat, eggs or dairy, or even all three?
Follow our nine incredible tips on how to get the protein you are after, without having to change your dietary requirements.
1. Luscious Lentils
Lentils are known for being packed full of protein and are one of the best things to eat for those of you who are not eating dairy, eggs or meat.
Meals: Great in soups, stews, casseroles, tacos and salads!
2. Hemp Seeds
While containing plenty of protein, hemp seeds also have all the essential acids that you need.
Meals: Hemp seeds can be eaten plain or with nuts, or can be blended in with a smoothie. Other options include adding hemp seeds into energy bars, soups or salads, or replacing flour when you bake with hemp seeds.
3. Amazing Almonds
Almonds contain both vitamin E and B while also being a good source of protein. They help with relaxation and are great for the heart. Meanwhile, they are also known for helping to boost concentration and energy, along with helping your waist line.
Meals: Great for blending with smoothies, eating with salads or oatmeal, or even eaten on their own as a snack. Why not also mix them in with your baking and add them to energy bars?
4. Tasty Tahini
Tahini is ground sesame seeds that has been made into a butter. This is full of magnesium, vitamin E and zinc which, not only keeps your heart healthy but also improves your hair, skin and muscles.
Meals: Treat tahini, as you would peanut butter. It can be used as a spread, mixed into your porridge, or even added to smoothies or dips such as hummus!
5. Black Beans
Black beans contain vitamins and antioxidants and can improve digestion and reduce bodily inflammation.
Soak them overnight, make sure that you give them a wash before cooking and you are good to go!
Meals: Black beans are known for being great in Mexican dishes, but they are also good in soups, stews and salads. You can also make black bean burgers!
6. Appetising Amaranth
This is a grain free seed, which can be cooked like rice and oats, which contains lots of iron and protein.
Meals: Easy to mix with soups, or you can cook it up like rice and bulk your meal with vegetables.
7. Delicious Quinoa
Quinoa is a seed, which contains minerals such as potassium and magnesium, along with essential amino acids. This seed is high in iron and folic acid and is great for strong muscles as it contains amino acid lysine.
Meals: Quinoa seeds can be cooked into your morning porridge (however make sure that you give it a good wash before use). Quinoa flakes can be cooked and used as you would oats.
8. Obviously Oats
Containing high amounts of nutrients, oats reduce cholesterol and are filling, helping to keep you going throughout the day.
Meals: Oats can be cooked for porridge or added into baking recipes.
9. Plant-Based Protein Powder
This drink is perfect for people who don’t eat much grains and beans, while also being quick to drink, easy to digest, with the bonus of it not containing fillers or additives.
Proteins with added enzymes, probiotics and that don’t include added sugars are always best.
Meals: Great when added to smoothies and oatmeal.
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