Protein is an important nutrient for keeping us healthy. It helps build our muscles & bones, among other important roles. There are many ways to get protein in your diet. Beef, pork, poultry, & fish are meat-based sources of protein. Protein is also found in products like meat substitutes, eggs, Greek yogurt & other dairy products, beans, nuts, & nut butters. Including more meatless sources of protein in your diet is a great way to add variety, get different vitamins and minerals, & branch out in your food choices.
Plant-Powered for Health
Plant-based diets support a healthy lifestyle! According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, those who consume more fruits & vegetables are at a lower risk for developing diseases like obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes & certain types of cancers. Diets based on fruits, vegetables, grains & plant proteins tend to provide more fiber than meat-rich diets. Fiber helps you feel fuller for longer periods of time, which can help weight loss. A diet high in fruits & veggies provides the body with more vitamins, minerals, & antioxidants. These are important for strong bones, immunity, & good digestion.
Try Eating Meatless One Day a Week
When making a change, it can be hard to find a starting point. Choosing to eat meatless just once a week can have health benefits. Trying plant-powered meals can add healthy fiber, vitamins, & antioxidants. It can also reduce saturated fats and cholesterol. Try ONIE’s Garden Veggie Frittata for a protein & plant-packed breakfast. Avocado Black Bean Enchiladas & Quick Ramen Lo Mein make for terrific lunch or dinner options full of colorful veggies, fiber, & protein. Explore more of ONIE’s Meatless recipes here.
Modifying a Recipe
A great way to include more plant-based protein into your diet is to take an existing recipe & modify it. Since meat is a protein, try replacing it with another source of protein to keep a well-balanced diet. Some examples of meatless protein sources are beans, nuts, eggs, soy, Greek yogurt, & meat substitutes, like tofu & tempeh. Ideas include swapping out half of the meat in chili with beans or adding nuts as a crunchy topping to a salad. Since meat can be an expensive item, trying out a few meatless options can be a great way to save at the store! ONIE’s Healthy Creole Chicken and Okra & Ham and Corn Chowder are simple recipes to swap the meat-based protein out for your favorite beans or some tofu.
Become a More Adventurous Eater
Often, we get stuck eating the same foods over and over. Branching out to try new recipes with new foods or nutrients can keep eating exciting & offer health benefits!Maintaining a healthful diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, & a variety of protein sources provides all necessary nutrients while exploring tasty meatless options.
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