Protein without Meat

October 28, 2015
Leafy Greens
When it comes to food sources rich in protein, most people think of meat. Meat does provide a good source of protein, but there are plenty of other foods that stack up. Getting protein from other sources than meat is easy, it really is.
 
1. Tempeh
Tempeh is made by fermenting whole soybeans, alone or with other grains, in a solid block. The result provides a nutty, earthy flavor with firm texture. Since whole soybeans are used the product is higher in fiber and even protein compared to tofu. In 150-gram serving tempeh has 27 grams of protein and 12 grams of fiber. Tempeh is easy to cook with, cut into slices and rub with your favorite spices like chili powder, pepper and a little bit of salt. Then sear it on the stovetop. You can add it to noodle dishes, salads and more.
 
2. Seitan
Seitan is made from wheat. Sometimes called wheat meat or gluten wheat, this product stands in for meat in many recipes. Because the product is made from wheat, specifically the protein gluten the product by weight is very high in protein. Seitan can be flavored in a variety of ways, simmer with soy sauce, tamari, ginger, and garlic.  
 
3. Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast is inactive yeast and is usually found a flakes or powder. Nutritional yeast has a nutty, slightly cheesy flavor and is usually used to replace cheese. 2-4 Tablespoons of nutritional yeast yields you 8 grams of protein. It is easy to add to almost anything, sauces, popcorn, scrambled eggs and more. 
 
The foods I described above are some great non-meat protein options. But with that said I don’t want to scare you away because these might be foods you have never heard about. Thankfully protein is found in almost all foods and therefore relatively easy to reach your protein needs. Nuts, nut-butters, seeds, beans, rice, quinoa, edamame, even leafy greens, broccoli, and asparagus can contribute to protein in your diet. 
 

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