MINDFL1, I suggest organic edamame as a protein-rich snack. They come frozen, and you can either heat them in a microwave oven for a couple of minutes or steam them. If I have the time, I like steaming because the skins get soft, and they are delicious, too. Other legumes can make good snacks - Trader Joe's has all types of dried seasoned legumes that are wonderful.
If you really are worried that you are not getting enough protein then stop !! There is plenty of protein in ALL vegetarian foods BUT that doesn't mean that you can't add a protein powder to a smoothie each day and hemp powder is an excellent choice . As for snacks a small handful of nuts would me fine . Green smoothies ( especially those containing kale , spinach , almond milk , etc ) are power houses packed with protein.
Yes nuts are high in protein but a 1/4 cup is way more than a serving because it comes with so much fat. You have to be careful when it come to nuts... beans are a better choice. Dr. McDougall suggests a serving of nuts is 1 ounce a day especially if you want to lose weight.
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1/4 cup of just about any nut contains quite a bit of protein (I recommend walnuts because they also contain ALA which is a building block for your body to make omega 3's), as will any bean-based dish. I love tossing beans on my salads. 1/2 cup of beans contains quite a bit of protein! If you eat beans and whole grains at some point during your day you'll get a complete protein. You don't even need to eat them together! Most veggies have plenty of protein in them as well.
Try making your own nut butters. Apples and homemade peanut or walnut butter taste amazing. 1/4 cup walnuts and 1 cup grapes is a great snack. Ants on a log are good also (2 celery stalks cut into 1/3rds and slathered with 1 tbsp peanut butter and 1/4 cup raisins). Blackeyed Pea-nut butter pie is more dessert-y but if sweets aren't your trigger than one slice has a TON of protein.
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I am in agreement with the previous messages as there is plenty of protein in plant products. I am also very much in favour of green smoothies and juices , particularly with avocados which contain a plethora of nutrients including protein . Half an avocado is about right if weight is a problem. The idea that we need loads of protein is a myth and has been proved not to be the case ( read The China Study by T Colin Campbell ) .
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