Vegetarian Protein Sources



V | Vegetarian Protein Sources

by Lindsey Herr

It is a common misconception that plant-based foods do not provide enough protein for the human diet. When you consume the proper variety of plant foods, animal products can be avoided safely and without concern of protein deficiency.

Here are some of the top sources of plant protein and some ways to eat them:

  1. Nuts:

    1. Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, etc.

    2. Eat them in trail mix, homemade granola, or nut butters

  2. Quinoa:

    1. A whole grain packed with nutrients and protein

    2. Make quinoa fried “rice” or serve as a side with beets and herbs

  3. Beans:

    1. A protein and fiber-packed vegetarian option like black beans or garbanzo

    2. Add to bowls, wraps, salsa, and more!

  4. Soy:

    1. Edamame, tofu and tempeh are examples of soy foods

    2. Edamame goes well in salads and bowls, tofu and tempeh can be cooked and seasoned the same way as meat.

  5. Hemp:

    1. Good source of protein and heart healthy fats

    2. Hemp milk, hemp seeds

    3. Super easy to add to baked goods or as a salad topping


There are so many great ways to get a variety of protein as a vegetarian. If you have questions, just ask your LifeStart RD or email!

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