Americans basically get all of the protein they need with the amount of meat they eat on a daily basis. Most of them get far more protein than they actually need. With the rates of obesity and the health issues with certain meats, many people are trying to find different ways to get the protein that they do need.
The average adult woman needs about 46 grams of protein a day, while men need 56 grams. It helps to know the size of a serving of meat, when it comes to protein and meat. One serving of meat is about the size of a deck of cards, and contains somewhere around 21 grams.
However, you don’t need to eat meat in every meal, or every day, or at all for that matter, in order to get protein in your diet. Here are some other ways to get some protein each day, meat or no meat.
Beans, Legumes, And Lentils
Beans, legumes, and lentils are some of the best alternative sources of protein out there, and you can do a lot with them. In fact, you can do everything with them that you can do with meat, and some things you cannot.
Beans can be mashed up and turned into burgers. They can be used to make creative baking gems, like black bean brownies. Get a little creative in your kitchen and swap out meat for beans a few times a week.
Protein Rich Vegetables
There are plenty of vegetables that have at least some protein content in them. However, there are some that make far better choices if you are using them as a meat replacement. While beans are definitely number one as a meat replacement, they aren’t the only option.
Add more broccoli, asparagus, peas, and nuts/seeds to your diet. Eat them fresh, raw, or cooked. Add seeds and nuts to your salads. There are many options, and it gives you a fresh change in your daily meals.
Non-Meat Animal Products
If you aren’t a vegan, and you don’t mind eating animal products, you can still cut out some of your meat intake each week and still it animal products that are protein rich. Try adding more eggs to your diet, even beyond breakfast. Some eggs topping a salad give it a little extra flair.
Seafood is a good protein rich option, and much seafood, especially fish, also have good fats that help with heart and brain health. You also get protein from your dairy products, whether you are just drinking milk or enjoying some yogurt for a snack.
Protein is a building block of the human body, and you need it in order to have the energy to get through each and every day. Try getting some from something other than meat and you’ll see even more of a change in your health and energy!
Originally posted on January 28, 2016 @ 2:35 pm