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The best vegetarian sources of protein

We’re accustomed to thinking that the most protein-rich sources of food, are meat products. But in reality, a range of other foods including plant and dairy products can pack a huge protein punch! Did you know there is 24 grams of protein per 100 gram serving of kidney beans and in chickpeas, a high 19 grams of protein per 100 gram serving?

Aside from legumes and grains, dairy like milk, yoghurt and cheese are also fantastic sources of protein that have a unique package of more then ten essential nutrients. Nutrients that help to aid healthy blood, nervous and immune systems, eyesight, healthy skin, energy levels and growth and repair in all parts of the body.

So, whether your vegetarian or not, there are plenty of reasons to eat more meat-free meals that still provide you with your recommended protein intake.

What is protein?

Protein is an essential nutrient that plays many important roles, such as repairing the body’s cells, building and repairing muscles, building and maintaining bones, and helping to control the body’s metabolic processes. If our diets were without protein, our bodies would start to break down muscles in order to produce the protein it needs to survive.

Where do vegetarians get protein from? 

Below are a few of the top vegetarian protein sources which can easily be used in most vegetarian meals:

  • Milk
  • Natural Yoghurt
  • Cheese
  • Kidney beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Legumes
  • Rice
  • Quinoa
  • Barley
  • Hempseed
  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Nuts
  • Chia seeds
High protein vegetarian recipes 

Why not try one of these high-protein vegetarian recipes for your next meatless Monday dinner idea

 

 

 

 

 

 

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