Protein Sources, Not from Animals

Proteins are known as the building blocks of life, thus essential to survival. In the body, proteins break down into amino acids that promote cell repair and growth. Proteins also take longer to digest thus they will keep you full longer and are usually lower in calories than carbohydrates. Many people are already familiar with animal products that offer protein, such as meat, eggs and dairy. In today’s blog, we are going to discuss some protein sources that do not come from animals; these are perfect for people that do not eat animal products such as vegetarians and people on vegan diets.

  1. Quinoa – Did you know that quinoa is actually a seed? This wonder seed contains more than 8 grams of protein per cup. Quinoa also contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is such a versatile food that can be used in soups, chili, or even as a breakfast cereal.
  2. Chickpeas – aka garbanzo beans. This wonderful bean can be roasted and put into salads or eaten on their own. Some people love to use chickpeas to make delicious and healthy hummus. In just half a cup, chickpeas contain 7.3 grams of protein. Chickpeas are also high in fiber and low in calories.
  3. Tempeh is a traditional soy product, and is made by a natural culturing and controlled fermentation process that binds soybeans into a cake form. Tempeh contains about 15-20 grams of protein per half cup. You can steam tempeh, blacken and fry it in a pan, or even crumbled into your favorite sauces or stews.
  4. Seitan is a meat substitute that has a very similar taste to chicken. Seitan is made from wheat gluten and is loaded with 36 grams of protein per half cup.
  5. Non-dairy milk is a great alternative for people who do not like traditional milk, or cannot have traditional milk. There are many varieties on the market right now, but beware because many can contain a lot of sugar. For example, soy milk has 4 to 8 grams of protein per 8 ounces.

Let us know in the comments below some of your favorite non-animal based proteins that you incorporate into your diet, we’d love to hear about your favorites.

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