11 Vegetarian Sources of Protein…..and Why Meat Eaters Should Enjoy Them Too!

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Are you considering becoming vegetarian but wondering how to get enough protein into your diet? Maybe you are already a vegetarian and want to add some quick fixes to your daily menu to ensure you are meeting your quota. Or just maybe, you are one of those meat eaters who constantly pesters vegetarians with questions about how they get the grams of protein that they need. This article shares 11 delicious sources of protein that are meat-free. You will see that they offer far more in terms of nutrition that just protein….in fact, we think that everyone could benefit from enjoying these foods.

Why do we need protein?

Proteins are the building blocks of the human body. Every cell needs it to repair and grow. It is necessary to make enzymes, hormones, bones, muscles, skin, blood…..and more! It can not be stored by the body, so we need to have a regular intake of protein to keep healthy.

Having too little protein in our diet can cause real problems. Low energy, muscle pain and insomnia are all symptoms of not getting enough.

What are the best sources of protein for a vegetarian?

Whoever you are, this article aims to debunk the myth that vegetarians are depriving their body of protein. Whatever their reasons for choosing not to eat animal products, they can do so without fear of malnutrition! Even non-vegetarians can benefit, by reducing their meat intake and supplementing with some of these suggestions to reduce the risks of heart disease and cancer that are associated with a diet high in animal products.

1. Nut Butter

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Let’s start out with my favourite, which just happens to have the highest level of protein on our list. Nut butter! That includes peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of any of these will deliver an impressive 8 grams of protein.

Peanut butter also provides potassium and also magnesium, Vitamin B-6 and even a good dose of fibre. It is high in fat, so don’t overdo it. You can enjoy nut butter in smoothies, and it makes a delicious dip for apples.

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