I get asked this question ALL the time, it's basically the first thing people ask when I mention that I'm not much of a meat eater. "Where do you get your protein?" Um..., from a bundle of different things that I eat every day? Now, I'm not a vegan, I'm not even a vegetarian, but I eat a mainly plant based diet. Meaning, fruits and veggies are my main food source along with some grains. To some, this may sound dreadful or incredibly boring but trust me it's not!
There are so many wonderful and delicious fruits and veggies out there, that all lead to endless possibilities in the kitchen! But back to the main question at hand, where do I get my protein? I really do get my protein from a lot of different things that I eat either on a daily basis or a weekly basis. Some of these are nuts, beans, high protein veggies, grains and even fruits! There are endless possibilities if you just do a little research. But as I mentioned, I am not a vegan or strictly vegetarian, so I do, on occasion, eat meat. When I do, I prefer fish. Fish is my absolute weakness, it's delicious and has so many wonderful health benefits! Along with fish, it's mainly just chicken or turkey. I don't eat red meat because it usually ends up upsetting my stomach but also because it usually offers very minimal health benefits, if any at all. Actually, if there is one take away from this then let it be stay away from red meat, it wont do you any good and sure burgers can be great but the alternatives can be even better!
Below, I've added some of the foods that I eat on a daily and weekly basis. Keep in mind that this isn't even half of the options that are available to vegans, vegetarians and plant based diets.
- Vega protein powder (I use it in my smoothie bowls every morning)
- Nuts - almonds mainly, but also pecans and cashews occasionally
- Dried fruits - raisins, apricots, dates
- Almond butter - my utter weakness and perfect for an afternoon snack with apples
- Fruits - banana (every single day) - this is a daily must for me
- Veggies - this various a lot, all depending on the meals but I usually always have a little spinach in my smoothie
- Sweet potato
- Fiber oats
- Tofu (on occasion)
This only the start of all of the different protein options out there for the meat avoiders of life! So keep this in mind the next time you make your meal plan for the week or when you are walking around the grocery store trying to decide what to eat this week. There are so many options, it does not take extra effort and it can be even more delicious and flavourful that the usual, boring chicken dinner.
That's all for now! xo