Meats are extremely rich sources of proteins but they are fattening as well. This calls for their exclusion from our diet but we always fear to do so because we know that their elimination means exclusion of the protein content from our diet. We fail to recognize the worth of many other vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods that are equally if not more rich in protein than the meats. Here comes a list of those foods that are not fattening and are as rich in protein content as the meats are.
Seitan is the protein portion of wheat and we call it wheat gluten. It is 75 percent protein, is low in sodium, fats and carbohydrates, high in iron, and contains good amount of calcium as well. It is a vital part of many diet plans, which aim to provide a good amount of protein and no fats and cholesterol to the user. Seitan is a good replacement for chicken and turkey.
Quinoa is a healthier replacement of meats. The grain not only is rich in proteins but other nutrients also like magnesium potassium and phosphorus. One more thing that makes Quinoa healthier than meat is the presence of nine essential amino acids in it. You can substitute Quinoa for rice or pasta, as it is rich in fiber protein, and other minerals.
Peanut butter is tasty and healthy altogether. It contains much higher protein content as is there in meats. Besides proteins, peanut butter is also a great source of fiber, magnesium, potassium, that are vital for the proper functioning of your body. Peanut butter contains Vitamin B-6 that keeps your liver strong and improves the metabolic processes in your body. Adding peanut butter makes it more tasty and healthy and apple pieces dipped in peanut butter make a nice snack. Make sure you do not use too much of it, as it is high in fats as well.
You can have almonds to make up for the protein requirement in your body. Besides protein, almonds are a rich source of fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, and potassium. They do contain a little fat also but it will not be a problem if you consume almonds in a controlled amount. You can soak almonds overnight and have them the next morning. Doing this gives you a sharp memory and a sound sleep at night. Add them to baked foods or the vegetables you make at home.
The tiny sunflower seeds are loaded with protein content and have numerous health benefits to offer. They satisfy your body’s protein requirement, bring down the cholesterol level and the magnesium content helps you to maintain your calm. The presence of selenium in sunflower seeds makes them good for cancer patients. They are so filling that a handful of sunflower seed intake keeps you fuller for hours, you can have them to control your hunger pangs. Grind them and sprinkle over salads or main dishes.
Eggs are a good option for vegetarians, as they are not animal flesh. Two large eggs contain 13 grams of protein content. You can have them boiled, cooked, or baked. Starting your day with eggs gives you a nice boost until lunch.
Small chia seeds are a storehouse of protein fiber, and the omega 3 content that is essential for a healthy brain. Not just this, chia seeds are rich in calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and multivitamins as well. You can easily add these black and white seeds to just about any dish or drink you want.