Our Favorite Protein Alternatives
Looking for more protein but don’t want to eat meat? Are you getting sick and tired of tofu? Well, worry not, because we’ve done the legwork and dug up six deliciously tasty, delightfully protein-packed alternatives to meat (and tofu). Check these out and try some this week for hearty, healthy and mouthwatering meal.
Kidney Beans – Cooked kidney beans are loaded with nearly 15 grams of protein in every cup, and that’s in addition to the fiber, minerals and vitamins they also contain. They’re also super versatile and can be enjoyed any number of ways, from cold atop salads to steamed or added into your favorite soup or stew recipe. And, of course, we can’t forget how awesome these little morels are in chili! Yum…
Great Northern Beans – If kidney beans aren’t your cup of tea, or you’re just looking for a change of pace, these delightful little tidbits also come packed with plenty of protein as well. Great Northern beans have a pretty mild flavor, which makes them ideal for adding to almost any recipe you can dream up. And like other beans, these also contain lots of healthy fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Garbanzo Beans – In case you’re not sensing a pattern yet, beans are pretty awesome when it comes to protein and other healthy nutrients. Also known as chickpeas, garbanzo beans deliver a whopping 12 grams of protein in just one cup, which equals out to nearly a quarter of the daily recommended value. Not too shabby, eh? Also, you can enjoy these beans a variety of ways, from roasted as a healthy snack to pureed into a dip for veggies or crackers. The possibilities are virtually endless!
Edamame – A half-cup of edamame soybeans contains more than 8 grams of protein, but you’re probably going to want more because they’re just so yummy! Steam them up and add them to risotto or just squeeze those tasty beans right into your mouth. Enjoy them chilled as part of a bean salad. Just remember – don’t eat the pod!
Broccoli – Many people are surprised to learn how much protein can be found in these tiny trees. In fact, one cup contains a hefty 5 grams. If you’d like to boost that number and get even more bang for your buck, try combining broccoli with other protein-rich foods, like quinoa or hummus. Or, give our broccoli salad a whirl. We bet if you get creative, you can really come up with some pretty tasty ideas.
Green Peas – Peas might be tiny, but boy do they pack a punch when it comes to protein. Actually, there are nearly 80 grams in just one cup of cooked peas! That’s almost as much as a cup of milk! Peas are great as a side dish with dinner or as part of a home cooked recipe, like a soup or casserole. Stir some into mac and cheese or add them to your favorite pasta dish for an extra kick of healthy goodness.
Pressed for time? We’ve got the perfect solution. Our Protein Blends come in a variety of flavors and contain up to 25 grams of protein in each delicious serving. And with our convenient steam-in-bag packaging, all you need to do is heat and enjoy! Pick some up tonight!