Getting enough protein is a common concern that comes up when someone expresses that they’re trying to eat less meat, or even considering going vegetarian or vegan. Too often, it’s assumed that animal protein is the only way to include protein in your diet. But there are many plant-based protein sources of protein, not to mention the adaptable affordable egg. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, plant-based options tend to be less expensive and offer more health benefits. So if you’re giving meat a break or simply want to eat less of it, here are three easy ways to make sure you’re getting enough protein.
Incorporate quinoa and legumes into salads, soups, and stews as a main or side dishes. Quinoa, which is actually a seed prepared like a grain, contains more protein than any other grain. It’s considered to be a complete protein because it contains all the essential amino acids our bodies need. It cooks fast and it is lower in carbohydrates than most grains. Swap rice for quinoa in burritos, serve it with sweet potatoes and kale for a superfood trifecta, or have it for breakfast.
Excerpted from Real Simple