A bunch of you guys have asked about my favorite non-meat sources of protein, so here’s a post devoted to my favorites. I know there are plenty more options out there, but these are my current, go-tos. I’m still experimenting and discovering new ones, so please share your favorites and how you incorporate them into your diet. I love getting new ideas and know you guys do too!
Eggs, eggs, and more eggs – I pretty much eat them everyday– usually, scrambled sometimes with spinach, nutritional yeast, feta, and ketchup (or some combination of those ingredients) or hard-boiled with salt + pepper as a snack.
Liquid egg whites – They’re such an easy way to add protein to meals. I like mixing them into oatmeal and rice dishes (kind of like fried rice).
Shelled edamame – I buy frozen bagged edamame. I like the pods for snacking, but the shelled stuff is such a great way to add quick protein to dishes. Each week, I take out about a cup or two and let it defrost in a plastic container in the fridge. Then, I just grab some and add it to my meals. I’ll either eat it cold or heat it up. A couple of my favorite edamame recipes (and both make great snacks): Edamame Guacamole and Parmesan & Garlic-Roasted Edamame.
Speaking of edamame… these Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine are a new protein favorite! (I mentioned them yesterday too.) They’re certified organic, gluten-free, vegan, and have 20 grams per serving! I typically eat them solo with some butter, grated Parmesan and veggies, but the possibilities are endless!
Beans – Oh, how I love beans. All kinds. I’m recently on a white bean kick, but I’ll eat just about any variety. Similar to the edamame mentioned above, I’ll open a can each week and keep them in the fridge for easy access. My favorite bean recipes: Mama Pea’s Mmm Sauce (obviously), Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas, One Pan Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas (freezes really well), Light & Creamy Chickpea Salad, 5-Minute Vegetarian Stir Fry, and Artichoke Parmesan Pasta with Roasted Chickpeas. Related: I know I need to get on the lentil train. I heard Trader Joe’s sells some prepared ones that are pretty good, so I’ve been on the look out for them recently. Anyone tried them?
Peas – One cup of peas has 8 grams of protein, so I’ll toss some frozen ones in salads, pasta, smoothies, tuna salad, casseroles… just about anything really!
Protein powder – My current favorites are vanilla Recovery and coconut Fuel from SFH. I typically drink the Recovery after a workout and the Fuel as a snack/mixed into a smoothie. Both have a great, not artificial flavor and are made with high-quality ingredients. I also really like the All-in-One Vega Coconut Almond Plant Protein Powder and drink it after workouts as well as snacks when I’m in the mood for something chocolaty.
Soy milk – It’s my go-to, non-dairy milk alternative, mostly because I like the taste, but also because it has 7 grams of protein per serving!
Greek yogurt – Greek yogurt is so satisfying and LOADED with protein. I am especially loving Stonyfield’s new Whole Milk Greek Yogurt (plain) right now. It’s so creamy and wonderful. I typically eat my Greek yogurt with cereal as an afternoon snack or sweet treat at the end of the night with some fruit and/or chocolate chips. Lately, I’m digging bananas sauteed in coconut oil mixed into my yogurt. Mmm! You’ve gotta try it!
Nutritional yeast – Two tablespoons of nutritional yeast has 6 grams of protein, so it’s not a huge source in my diet, but it’s tasty and easy to add to many of my meals and snacks. I pretty much use it like I would grated Parmesan cheese. Blog post with tasty ideas coming soon!
Cheeeeeese – I am such a cheese lover and add it to everything. Basically, if a meal/snack is looking a little skimpy, I’ll throw some cheese on it for some extra satiety.
Nuts and nut butters – Duh. Nut butter is my life. Ha! Some favorite recipes: The Best & Easiest Peanut Butter Protein Balls + More Recipes for Peanut Butter Lovers. I also really love Perfect Food Bars as a snack.
Question of the Day
Your turn! What are some of your favorite non-meat sources of protein?