Many dieters who are new to the flexitarian lifestyle often find themselves in a crunch when searching for protein. It’s an urban myth within the cooking community that meats such as chicken and fish are the foods with the highest protein content. If you are a new or even a long-time flextitarian, try out this list of our favorite non-meat protein sources that will add to your diet and of course be a great side dish to go with your order of These Wingz?.
Quinoa is a seed/grain that is high in many vitamins, minerals and fibers. Not only can you steam and season quinoa alone and serve it as a delicious side, but you can also use it in simple dishes like oatmeal to start your day. One cup of this superfood is packed with 8 grams of protein!
We know what you might be thinking, broccoli is nothing new to the health conscious eaters of our society, and you’re right! That’s for a reason. One cup of chopped broccoli contains 3 grams of protein and is high in loads of other goodies such as vitamin c and fiber.
3. Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts are a member of the broccoli family and come packed with similar nutritional components such as fiber and vitamin C. Half a cup of brussel sprouts contains about 2 grams of protein.
Common among many vegetarians, lentils are a type of legume or plant/dry fruit that is like that of a “pod” or capsule type of fruit. These can be boiled and added to any meal as a side/alternative to your regular choice of beans. One cup of boiled lentils contains a whopping 18 grams of protein!
Practically any nut is a great sources of protein, almonds just so happen to be on our top 5! Almonds are a tree-nut. They are very popular among this community and contain about 6 grams of protein per 1 ounce of nuts. You can get a ton of protein without having to eat heavily in between meals.
Most, if not all, meals can be easily interchanged to compliment anything on this list! We recommend steaming or boiling these substitutes and pairing them with a delicious plate of These Wingz? ! You’ll get all of the nutrients that a daily meat eater would and sacrifice none of the flavor.
Here’s a helpful infographic, courtesy of Mikki Motes, that is a great reference to all vegans and flexitarians looking to expand on their protein sources! We hope you enjoy!