I can tell you guys that it has been extremely hard for me to get protein in my diet even as a non-vegetarian. I personally did not prefer meat whatsoever. If I ever did eat meat, it would be because my family had it.
This blog can pertain to you whether you’re vegetarian or not! Protein is a source that we all need as humans. Here are some yummy protein-packed things to add to your diet:
Banza Shells made from Chickpeas
25g for a bowl of pasta?! Say whaaaaat. I don’t know about you guys, but as an Italian, I crave pasta constantly. The problem is that regular pasta consists of 13g protein, 3g fiber, and 71g net carbs. That is too many carbs for my body to handle, especially when I eat like 6 bowls. This gluten-free and Non-GMO Banza chickenpea pasta keeps my craving to a minimum. No pasta replacement is going to be as good as the real deal, but this is a winner! Banza consists of 25g protein, 13g fiber, and 43g net carbs. You can add any pasta sauce you want or even just some butter and parmesan.
What are hemp seeds? They’re seeds high in fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. These are great to add onto yogurt, smoothies, cereals, salads, and many more things!
Peanut butter is a great source of protein, but can be very high in fat. PB fit has 87% less fat and about 1/3 of the calories of regular peanut butter. Every 2 tbsp consists of 70 calories, 2g of fat, 150 mg of sodium, 2g sugar, and 8g of protein. Whereas JIF for 2 tbsp consists of 190 calories, 16g of fat, 140 mg of sodium, 3g of sugar and 7g of protein. I see a complete difference in fat and calories for this one! PB fit is great to put in smoothies. Sometimes I mix my yogurt with this and make like a fruit dip.
Oikos Triple Zero
I love yogurt. There is just something about yogurt that cures my sweet tooth, especially with grapes! Oikos Triple Zero is a greek yogurt that has no added sugar, 0 artifical sweeteners, 0% fat, and 15g of protein! 15g of protein in a 5 oz cup?! That is tremendous. Add some chia seeds and hemp seeds and you’re almost at your protein goal. I learned from Oikos that dairy protein contains 9 essential amino acids that we cannot create on our own!
I prefer light Babybels as a nice snack. 1 piece is 50 calories with 6g of protein. These are easy snacks to carry around for when you’re hungry but not starving.
These are 5 staples I use in my everyday diet. Meat is always a good way to add protein, but for my lifestyle I choose other sources! Nuts, seeds, beans, quinoa, cheese, yogurts, etc. I’ve never felt better since I cut out meats! Hope you guys find something that can fit into your diet.