Protein is an essential nutrient we need to stay healthy, energized, and slim. Protein deficiency leads to hair loss, diarrhea, loss of fluid and electrolyte, muscle wasting, anemia, liver issues, mental malfunction and some other serious diseases, which is why it’s important to watch your protein intake, especially if you are a vegetarian.
While some of the best sources of protein are meat and fish, I decided to share some meatless sources. As a vegetarian, I know I have to consume at least 2 servings of protein each day, so these ten foods are always on my daily meal plan. Whether you go vegan or you are a meat lover, include some of these healthy high-protein foods in your eating plan to ward off serious diseases.
1. Dried beans
With a great variety of dried beans, it’s easy to use them in your soups and stews to boost your protein intake. From kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans to lentils, soybeans and chickpeas, you can have new soup every day. Even though dry beans vary considerably in size, shape, color, and flavor, their nutritional composition is almost similar.
All of the dried beans are excellent sources of fiber-filled protein, B vitamins, potassium, and good carbs. Soak the beans of your choice for several hours or overnight, rinse and add to your soup or simmer for 2 hours to have a deliciously healthy dinner.