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: 8 grams in 2 tablespoons
Bring back this crunchy or creamy childhood favorite by spreading peanut butter on toast instead of butter and jam for more protein in your morning routine. Also, try using it in smoothies and baked goods, or just keep some stashed away with a package of whole-wheat crackers or fresh apple slices for when you belly is rumbling. Other nut butters are also high-protein options. Almond butter, walnut butter, and pecan butter are becoming more popular in grocery stores. Of course, you can always make your own.