Discover 7 protein-packed alternatives to eggs and meat for a healthier, meat-free lifestyle
Heading towards a plant-based lifestyle? Don’t worry we got your back
The existing crisis of Climate Change and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic had a lot of people switching to healthier and sustainable food alternatives. Meat-based dishes seem to be yesterday’s fad, giving way to a new plant-based dietary trend. With the food trends from the past two years clearly indicating that the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle is not just here to stay but is also growing in popularity, there is but one question that we have to ask: Are you on a mission to find nutritious and sustainable alternatives to eggs and meat for your daily protein intake as well?
Whether you're a vegetarian, vegan, or simply seeking variety in your meals, there's a vast array of protein-rich foods waiting to be discovered and incorporated. Not only are these options delicious and versatile, but they also offer a range of essential nutrients that contribute to a well-balanced diet.
Let's dive in and discover these fantastic protein-packed foods that will keep you feeling nourished and energized throughout the day.
1. Legumes and Beans
Lentils, chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, and other legumes are excellent sources of protein. They are also rich in fibre and various nutrients. They are versatile and can be used in various dishes like soups, salads, and stews.
Instead of chicken nuggets, how about you try out these baked lentil veggie nuggets this time?
2. Tofu and Tempeh
Both tofu and tempeh are derived from soybeans and provide a substantial amount of protein. While tofu is quite handy in the kitchen and can be used in various dishes, tempeh has a nutty flavor and a firmer texture. However, both tofu and tempeh make for an excellent choice to be used in stir-fries, grilled dishes, or even in smoothies and desserts.
You should definitely try out this easy honey-glazed tofu for a little bit of a sweet treat.
A grain that is considered a complete protein, quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids that are required to synthesize protein and other nitrogen-containing compounds (like creatinine, peptide, and so on). It can be used as a base for salads, bowls, or even as a side dish.
Trade your regular parathas for these quinoa parathas for that extra kick of protein.
Edamame is young, green soybeans that can be boiled and enjoyed as a tasty snack or added to salads and stir-fries. They are rich in protein, fiber and various vitamins and minerals, making them a healthy alternative to eggs and meat.
5. Nuts and Seeds
Almonds, peanuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds and pumpkin seeds are examples of nuts and seeds that offer a good amount of protein. They can be consumed as snacks or added to various dishes to help elevate flavour profiles or texture. But despite its versatility, I guess we can all agree that we just like munching on nuts and seeds either plain or salted, to kill time.
This chia seed pudding will become your go-to snack once you try it, we promise!
6. Cruciferous and green vegetables
While not as protein-dense as some other sources, vegetables like spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts and peas still contribute to your daily protein intake when consumed in sufficient quantities.
Switch to easy recipes like these broccoli croquettes for a healthy snack the next time you wish to munch on something guiltlessly.
Jackfruit is a highly nutritious tropical fruit rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It offers high levels of vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants, supporting immunity and heart health. When cooked, jackfruit has a pulled pork-like texture and can be used in tacos, sandwiches, and BBQ-style dishes.
These Tandoori Kathal Tarts are a perfectly healthy way to start the next party you throw.
We hope you find the perfect balance of nutrients, meat-free!