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5 Sources for Meat-Free Protein

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5. Seitan

Seitan is probably the most obscure protein source on this list. Made from vital wheat gluten, you can even make seitan at home in your kitchen! The results are a chewy, tasty protein source that you can use in place of meat in many dishes, depending on how you season it. Many health food stores will sell seitan pre-made in a couple of different styles, as well. Not sure how to cook your seitan? Here are a few ideas:

Of course, these are just a few of the protein heavy-hitters in the veggie world. Many other plant-based foods contain protein. In fact, lots of veggies have a bit of protein in them! If you’re eating a varied diet, chances are you don’t need to worry about getting enough protein, but if meatless meals are new to you, these protein bombs can help you eat less meat without feeling protein-deprived.

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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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