how can i get protein without eating meat?
I love eating meat..but am just not in the mood for it...i stopped eating meat for one week...am gonna take a break for a while..anyways..how can i get protein??
- ?Lv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
Here are some foods:
Cottage cheese (if you like it) is relatively high in protein.
Soy bean foods, such as tofu, soy "burgers", soy "sausages", soy "ground beef", soy "chicken strips".
Each of these are foods that have been processed to look and taste like meat products, but have soy and other vegetables added, like mushrooms, kale, etc. Each taste rather good, but beware of sodium levels, especially the soy "sausage" and soy "hot dogs".
Eggs, naturally, are high in protein, but I am sure you know they are also high in cholesterol and fat.
IF you are allowing fish in your diet, I HIGHLY recommend Tilapia fish fillets. They don't have a "fishy" taste or smell, and soak up whatever you cook with them. I use a low fat butter alternative with garlic and lemon juice and pepper. Tastes great! Up to 24 g protein per fillet. That is high!
There are also some fruit/soy shakes and drinks. They taste great, and are high in protein, often 19-26g per 16 oz., depending on the brand. Wal-Mart carries a Tea/Fruit/Soy brand of protein drinks, which come in different flavors, like Vanilla and Mocha. The Vanilla tastes great, like ginger and vanilla. The mocha is even better, BUT both have about 24-29 g sugar per 16 oz. bottle. I drink a bit of water with the drinks to help digest and dilute the sugar a bit. That's just what I do for myself, don't know if that would help you or not.
Beans--most beans of any type are relatively high in protein. Kidney beans, refried beans, red beans; you name it, they have a lot of protein. Most are also high in fiber, which, as you know, is an added bonus. Again, watch out for sodium levels if the beans are canned. If possible, buy the beans packed in bags. Make your own chili with fresh ingredients, and mix them with rice. This will fill you up quick without eating a whole lot.
I am on a "lacto-vegetarian" method of eating, which allows for dairy products and eggs with veggies, fruits, nuts, grains, and beans. However, I did notice that for 2 days I was a bit low on energy, so I add fish and chicken breast once in awhile. I LOVE red meat, but I have cut it out for awhile. I am not 100% on a strictly lacto-vegetarian method, I do add some poultry and fish to make certain I have adequate protein. You will have to gauge for yourself what works best for you.
I am just giving you what has worked for me, and I did lose 11 pounds in a month and a half. Which is important for me due to my heart condition.
I am not espousing to be a vegetarian nor a vegan, and I even think both methods have too many draw backs. I just hae done what has worked for me. Sadly, you MIGHT spend a bit more money on food because you are seeking meat alternatives, but I guess that's the price you pay.
- MariaLv 44 years ago
Hi!:) I'm a fifteen year old vegetarian too!! Along with protein you should makes sure you get enough iron and vitamin B12 too!! Do lots of research online to find out what vitamins you will need to get more of. There are about 9 different types if protein you need to get each day. All 9 are found in meat so you will have get them from different sources. Depending on your weight you should get anywhere from 30 to 80 grams of complete protein a day( all 9 types) You can eat - eggs(if you are not vegan) - milk( not vegan) - beans(pinto, black....) - nuts - whole grain type food - tofu - peanut butter If you are going to eat some seafood you could have: - salmon - tuna - shellfish And any other things you are okay eating I would also recommend getting some vitamin supplements to make up for the other things you lack Hope I could be if some help!! And dont listen to your dad, you can have a very healthy diet without meat! Good luck and congrats on being vegetarian!!!!
- matthaumschildLv 51 decade ago
Lately, I've been feeling the same way too, I gave up eating chicken every night, and I substituted it with mixed frozen veggies which are reletivly inexpensive but I have the same problem regarding protein. The only things I've been able to figure out, without going vegan, is to eat more eggs.
I do eat Tuna everyday for lunch, because it's cheap and nutrious.
If Tuna and Eggs arn't your bag, like some of the other posters on here have mentioned, beans and assorted nuts are great for protein, the only problem with nuts are, are the high caloric count. Not to mention the fat content of nuts in general is rather high, even in raw form I have a hard time just limiting myself to just one handful.
Don't get me wrong, being vegan or vegitarian is noble and I wish I could do that, but due to my body structure it would be easier to go vegetarian than vegan.
- RashaLv 41 decade ago
mushrooms, Full Of Protein Exactly like Meat
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- Marathon MomLv 51 decade ago
I am a vegetarian and get protein from the following foods:
Go Lean Kashi Crunch Cereal
Soy / Boca Burgers
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Beans and rice = a protein
- .Lv 71 decade ago
Eggs, Peanut Butter, Yogurt, Milk, any other dairy product and legume (aka Beans)
- 1 decade ago
Beans. I remember hearing that they have a lot of protein. Or eggs, maybe.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Congratulations for stopping eating meat! I hope you'll become a permanent vegetarian!!! In order to get enough protein, you should eat soy/tofu products, also beans and green vegetables in general.
- Vegan_MomLv 71 decade ago
Fish is meat.
As has been said about nuts and beans and soy, all of which are good sources.
The following sites might be of some help to you. Also, search for "vegan protein sources",Source(s): http://www.veggieboards.com (This is a message board site, obviously, and with helpful people.) http://www.veganoutreach.org http://www.vegsource.com/index.htm http://www.mercyforanimals.org/ http://www.vegansociety.com/html/ http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/calcium.htm http://www.vegansociety.com/html/food/nu... http://www.pcrm.org http://www.vegetariantimes.com http://vegfamily.com http://www.mothering.com/discussions has a Vegetarian Vegan family board