If you're a vegetarian or vegan or even if you just explore meatless meals from time to time, you've likely heard the same refrain from curious friends and family members. "But how will you get enough protein?" The truth is, according to many nutrition experts and registered dietitians, most Americans get plenty of protein easily, even if they're not eating meat. For people who prefer chickpeas to chicken, keep in mind you still need 2 to 3 servings of protein per day. These foods are high in protein and will help to keep your body strong and healthy, sans the meat.
Protein: 13 grams per 1/2 cup
Cottage cheese makes a great snack. It’s affordable, comes in reduced-fat versions, and also contains calcium to keep your bones strong. But you can also hide it in creamy dishes, or sub it out for ricotta cheese or sour cream in certain dishes, too. Try combining with fresh veggies for a savory treat, or adding fruit and cinnamon for something more sweet.