Quick Reference for Non-meat (Vegetarian) Sources of Protein
Almonds (and other Tree Nuts)
Peanuts are grown in the ground and often have a mold that people can be allergic to. Almond and almond butter are a great alternative and are packed with protein.
Chia (and most other) Seeds
Great source of fiber, protein, minerals, and essential fatty acids.
Although a dense animal-soured product, that can be a little harder on your digestion, we include eggs here, because they are so packed with amino acids, and the yolks contain Vitamin B12. Make sure they are from ‘pasture-raised’ chickens, not cage–free sources.
Hemp Seeds and Milk
Hemp has a good quantity of all the essential amino acids, plus essential fatty acids. Because hemp is such a rigorous plant, it is usually grown sustainably.
Lentils and Beans
Everybody thinks of beans when they think of vegetarian sources of protein. Why? Because they are!
Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah)
A gluten-free protein-filled grain that is very versatile in its uses.
Ounce per ounce, it has more protein than beef or beans, and is easily assimilated by your body.
Fermented soy beans are a better choice than ‘mock meats.’ Always choose non-GMO organic, soy products.
Spinach, Romaine Lettuce and all other greens are loaded with protein. HOW do you think cows and gorillas and elephants get big and strong? They eat their greens!
Fermented dairy is a decent source of protein. Go for broke, and source some organic raw milk and ferment your own cheeses, kefirs and yogurts! Should be from grass-fed goats (or sheep, or as a last resort, cows) with no bovine growth hormone added.