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15 Sources of Protein Other Than Meat

Lentils

Lentils

Most people don’t even know what lentils are, and even less people eat them. It’s too bad. People are missing out on one of the best, protein-packed foods you can eat. Most health nuts are eating them and for good reason. They work great in a number of recipes, but they really shine in Latin American dishes.

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Oatmeal

Oatmeal

Oatmeal may be bland by itself, but it’s extremely good for you. It’s a great way to get energy on those groggy mornings and contains a decent bit of protein. There’s a lot of different types out there, but steel cut oats are better than instant oatmeal. Both are healthy, though. Be sure to experiment with the toppings for a super-easy breakfast.

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Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

It’s a proven fact that everybody loves peanut butter. It’s also been proven that it’s a protein powerhouse. Whether you decide to make yourself a sandwich or just dive in with a spoon, you can’t go wrong with this protein-packed snack.

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Hemp Seeds

Hemp Seeds

Hemp gets a bad rap because hemp is basically marijuana, right? Nope, not at all. It’s a part of the same family, but hemp is super, super healthy and super, super-not intoxicating. They’re tiny, delicious little seeds that are generally regarded as one of the best sources of non-animal protein.

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Black Beans

Black Beans

Black beans are great. They can make a lot of different, easy-to-make dishes, but they shine with Latin American foods. Rice and beans, bean dip, tacos. There’s really no way to go wrong with black beans.

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Almonds

Almonds

If you’re a snacker, then almonds are the snack for you. They’re great for your heart, packed with protein, and can be eaten about 1,000 different ways. Eat them raw, add them to a salad, or put some almond butter on a sandwich. Just make sure you’re getting this healthy nut into your diet somehow.

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Sunflower Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

It may surprise you that sunflower seeds are on this list. They’re not just for truckers and baseball games any more. They have a surprising number of benefits, ranging from their high number of vitamins to their high levels of protein. The internet has a ton of great recipes!

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Quinoa

Quinoa

There’s a good reason why quinoa seems to be on just about every list of “Foods you should eat but aren’t.” It’s super easy to cook, and since it is typically used as a substitute for rice or pasta, it’s also super versatile. Grab some on your next visit to the store and see which of your favorite recipes it works well with!

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Eggs

Eggs

Eggs are a staple in our diets, and there’s good reason. They’re cheap, there’s a thousand different ways to make them, and they super delicious! Plus, they’re said to be one of the best sources of protein. After all, there’s a reason athletes eat so many of them. If you aren’t already eating eggs a few times a week, you really are missing out on a ton of great meals!

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Greek Yogurt

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has risen in popularity in recent years, and when you look at all the health benefits, it’s easy to see why. It’s got a lot of protein — more than normal dairy products — but it’s also got probiotics to keep you from getting sick and calcium to keep your bones strong. It’s an easy thing to snag on the go, pack for work, or eat as an afternoon snack, so make sure you grab some soon!

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Kale

Kale

We all know that kale is super good for us. It’s one of the most popular foods right now thanks to the “superfood” status it acquired in recent years. It’s one of the most nutrient-packed foods on the planet, and that includes protein. It’s a lot healthier for you than the normal lettuce you stick in your salad, so trade that iceberg out for some kale in tomorrow’s lunch.

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Milk

Milk

There’s a lot of debate about whether milk is good for you or not, but it seems like you should drink it if you aren’t lactose intolerant. It’s got a lot of vitamins and minerals, it’s protein packed, and it can help you both build muscle and lose weight. What’s not to love about that?

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Broccoli

Broccoli

Didn’t your momma ever tell you to eat your greens? If not, she did you a serious disservice. Broccoli is one of the healthiest things we can eat. It’s packed with iron, vitamin C, antioxidants, and, you guessed it, protein. Eat this raw if you can or steamed if you can’t. It’s a great food you really need to work into your diet.

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Avocado

Avocado

If millennials had to pick a food that defined their generation, they’d pick avocados without a moment’s hesitation. They’ve stuck avocados on any and everything they can! But there’s good reason for that. They’re superfoods that taste great by themselves or on just about anything. Give one a try and you’ll be getting a decent bit of extra protein while you’re at it!

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Soy Milk

Soy Milk

If you can’t consume dairy, try soy milk instead. It has been found to be the most comparable milk alternative on the market, and it has the highest amount of protein of them all! It tastes delicious and is undeniably good for you. Why wouldn’t you drink it?

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