One of the most common questions I get when people find out I don’t eat meat is “do you get enough protein?” After an amused smile (because no one cares to ask about your nutrition until you tell them you’ve eliminated meat), I always can confidently answer YES! In fact, I think going vegetarian has made me even more conscious of not only my protein intake, but nutrition in general.
I decided to put together a list of foods that also have protein. This is a list for vegetarians, but vegans can use it too- just skip by the dairy and eggs!
Here we go!
- Greek yogurt, 23g per 8 oz serving
- Milk, 8g per 1 cup serving
- Eggs, 6g per egg
- Lentils, 13g per 1/4 cup serving
- Mixed nuts, 6g per 2 oz serving
- Quinoa, 8g per 1 cup serving
- Peas, 7g per 1 cup serving
- Edamame, 8g per 1/2 cup serving
- Tofu, 12g per 3 oz serving
- Peanut butter, 8g per 2 tbsp serving
- Whey protein, 24g per scoop
- Cottage cheese, 14g per 1/2 cup serving
- Swiss cheese, 8 g per 1 oz serving
- Kidney beans, 24g per 2 cup serving
- Chickpeas, 7.3g per 1/2 cup serving
- Tempeh, 15g per 1/2 cup
- Broccoli, 8g per 1 cup serving
- Hemp seeds, 10g per 3 tbsp serving
- Chia seeds, almost 5g per 2 tbsp serving
- Seitan, 36g per 1/2 cup
- Soy milk, 4-8g per 8oz glass
Got a favorite you’d like to add to the list? Let me know in the comments!