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5 Sources for Meat-Free Protein

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5 Sources for Meat-Free Protein

Wanting to incorporate more meatless meals into your diet, but you’re worried about not getting enough protein? Here are some plant-based protein sources and a few ways to prepare each one!

We’ve talked before about meat’s environmental “foodprint.” While I know that a vegan diet isn’t for everyone, incorporating just one or two more meatless meals each week can have a huge impact. One big concern from a lot of meat-eaters is that plant-based meals are too light on the protein.

It’s true that plant-based foods often have less protein than meat, but most people eat far more protein than they need to. The Recommended Daily Value for protein is only around 45-55 grams, depending on your size and age, and most Americans eat far more than that. With just a teensy bit of protein know-how, it’s easy as pie to get plenty of protein with a meatless meal.

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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11:59PM PDT on Sep 22, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

6:30PM PDT on Aug 7, 2014

I love these helpful articles.
I like to buy soy chorizo to replace pork or beef chorizo from my local grocery store

3:03PM PDT on May 29, 2014


7:40AM PDT on Oct 31, 2013

thank you

7:25AM PDT on Oct 1, 2013


2:48AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Had never heard of Seitan Thanks

2:43AM PDT on Aug 27, 2013

Thank you :)

9:37AM PDT on Aug 12, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

12:16PM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

I have just one source of protein in my diet. It's called simply... FOOD!

If one eats enough of any one food (discounting alcohol and sugars which really are not food) to meet their caloric needs then one will not just meet but exceed their protein needs:

Corporations trying to find a way to rid themselves of waste have sold us on the idea of protein (as in whey which is a by-product of making cheese they would otherwise need to pay to have hauled off) but I bet there is no doctor in the west who has seen a case of protein deficiency that isn't rooted in alcoholism or an eating disorder and that's not a protein problem but other problems. Same with those starving to death. Give them some food and the issues reverse. No need to special protein.

Eat well, lots and lots of plants and let the protein take care of itself. Worry about the other nutrients which few get from these processed foods and supplements. Eat real!

1:49AM PST on Feb 18, 2012

Thanks so much for sharing! I shall pass this one to whoever will benefit from it...having been a vegetarian for nearly 14 years now, I can safely say that I have not once had a health problem from not eating meat!

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