All You Ever Wanted to Know about Vegetarian Protein


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Not sure how to meet your protein needs without meat? Look no further! We've rounded up a variety of resources to help you learn all you ever wanted to know about vegetarian protein.

Reference Guide for Proteins

How to Meet Your Protein Needs without Meat

Meatless Meals Benefit Your Health

Tofu 101

So Many Ways to Enjoy Soy!

Beans: The Super Food that Keeps You Full

Go Nuts for Nut Butters!

Meat-Free Fridays: Lenten Lentils

Meat-Free Fridays: Time to Try Tempeh

Meat-Free Fridays: Black Beans--the Best Beans!

Meat-Free Fridays: Tofu Tasteless Blob or Tasty Protein?

Meat-Free Fridays: What in the World is TVP?

Meat-Free Fridays: A Medley of Meatless "Meats"

I'm Going Meatless for World Vegetarian Day--Are You?

Have you tried any of these vegetarian protein options? What is your favorite vegetarian protein?

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    So glad that I found this article! - 11/4/2017   11:30:50 PM
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    Beans are my favorite protein. There are so many varieties and hundreds of ways to fix them, mix them, and even hide them in delicious dishes.

    Too many of the "meat alternatives" are full of gluten, which doesn't agree with my system. - 9/18/2017   3:42:48 PM
    No, fish is not strictly vegetarian. However there is the branch of vegetarianism, as some of you mentioned, that does include people who eat fish. So in order to include that branch, they included recipes for fish, maybe? Who knows, but don't take it so personally that it is included! - 6/24/2011   7:14:50 AM
    How can anyone say fish is vegetarian. Someone offered this to me in a restaurant when I asked what were the vegetarian alternatives and I said no that is a pescatarian not a vegetarian alternative.
    A friend says it is easy just think of it as no food with a face (little off center humor but it gets the point across) - 6/21/2011   9:45:34 PM
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    Nope, fish is definitely NOT vegetarian. No way. Uh-huh! Anyone who says so is misinformed and probably not vegetarian. There are a lot of misconceptions going around. Not passing any judgement here, just sayin'. To eat a vegetarian diet means to abstain from ALL animal flesh, it is not limited to land animals or to mammals. Those who have a predominantly plant-based diet but do consume fish are called pesco-vegetarians. - 6/15/2011   8:05:59 PM
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    Fish is not vegetarian!
    - 6/15/2011   6:21:37 AM
    In answer to the question about fish being vegetarian,both fish and dairy are considered vegetarian. Neither, however, are considered vegan. - 6/12/2011   10:50:52 AM
    Quinoa! I have a great recipe for a quinoa and blueberry salad! - 6/10/2011   12:10:14 AM
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    I'm trying to go meat free more often, on the recommendation of my doc. Thanks for these resources. - 6/9/2011   2:43:51 PM
    Love quinoa; sitting here eating some right now! I know, I know, shouldn't be eating at the computer but time crunch to get a project done and I was starving. I love quinoa with spaghetti sauce! Almost like a risotto. I eat it a lot and often substitute it for rice. Good amount of protein in this grain. - 6/9/2011   1:22:13 PM
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    I do love beans, nuts, and lentils. I drink soy, but hate tofu. I have peanut better on occasion. I'm nuts, lol. for hummus..chick peas are my favourite. I put them in everything, that I can. - 6/9/2011   11:29:08 AM
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    Seeds and nuts have a lot of fat along for the ride.
    Legumes have a lot of carbs along for the ride.

    Neither of those count as "good" protein sources in my book, because you're getting just as much of the non-protein macronutrient, if not more.

    However, I'm all about defatted soy, strained nonfat dairy, whey and other protein isolates (including rice, etc), and egg whites.

    Unstrained dairy (normal yogurt as opposed to Greek yogurt), nonfat milk, etc. has too much lactose in it for my taste. I don't want so many sugars.

    I eat a super high protein diet (40-50% of my macronutrients) and other than fish or lean poultry for lunch, pretty much everything else is vegetarian. "Normal" (4-legged) meat sources carry along with them too much fat to sustain such an eating pattern.

    Ironic, huh? - Who would have thought that a high protein diet would be mostly vegetarian? LOL - 6/8/2011   12:58:11 PM
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    This is a great list. As someone who relies on these proteins, it is great to see it explained. But fish recipes are not vegetarian.

    How did they get on the list? - 6/8/2011   12:40:52 PM
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    I like to use all kinds of legumes, nuts, and seeds when I am cooking and snacking.Also I have used tvp to make things that meat eaters never guess are'nt meat.Tahini is a great by itself or added to bean or brown rice recipes.I don't generally like the soy products that are meant to imitate meat products , to me that's soy trying to be something it can't. - 6/8/2011   11:58:39 AM
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    All of my protein is vegetarian! Beans, nuts, nut butters, seeds, whole grains, vegetables, all contain protein! - 6/8/2011   11:32:01 AM
    Yes, I have tried many different vegetarian protein alternatives.

    My favorite ? Beans ! I've become a huge fan of beans and lentils. I also like having nuts and seeds for snacks. I also love hummus and falafel aka foods made with chick peas. That's another fabulous source of vegetable protein. - 6/8/2011   10:16:30 AM

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