What to eat instead of meat? 5 good alternatives

Those who have chosen to reduce or eliminate meat from their diet, must be careful not to run into food deficiencies that can cause damage to the body. 

5 alternative sources of protein to definitely include in your menu, to ensure a balanced diet

Replacing meat with other protein foods has now become a fairly common requirement. Almost one in ten people said goodbye to meat – some for an ethical reason (vegetarians and vegans), some for a healthy choice. 

The fact is that we are currently witnessing a revolution in eating habits. However, renunciation must not turn into food shortages, which can then backfire and cause gaps to damage the body.

What to choose instead of meat, ensuring a healthy and balanced diet? 

Here are 5 alternative sources of protein to definitely include in your menu, to ensure a balanced diet.

1. Legumes

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Their remarkable variety (chickpeas, lentils, peas, broad beans, beans, and many others) and simplicity of cooking allow a wide use in the kitchen. They are an important source of vegetable protein since they provide B vitamins and minerals, with countless health benefits. 

In fact, legumes are rich in iron, fiber, and are low in fat, and therefore perfect for those with cholesterol problems. 

To be consumed at least three to four times a week also in the form of soups, meatballs, or in salads. If combined with cereals, possibly whole grains, it ensures the supply of all essential amino acids.

2. Nuts and seeds

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Perfect as a hunger breaker, to be included in salads or at the base of raw food cuisine, dried fruit, as well as seeds, are an excellent source of protein and more. 

Chia seeds are rich in amino acids necessary for the formation of proteins, fibers, and antioxidants. 

Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are also rich in plant proteins. 

Hemp seeds are considered a complete food from a protein point of view. 

Among dried fruit, almonds are distinguished by their high protein content.

3. Quinoa

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Mistakenly counted as a cereal, quinoa is a tiny seed rich in protein, easy to cook, and very versatile. It provides all the essential amino acids that the body does not produce on its own. It is also a source of lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. It also contains fiber, iron, magnesium, and manganese.

4. Tofu

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It is a food of oriental origin, white in color, and sold in blocks or cubes. The delicate flavor that characterizes it makes it very versatile in the kitchen, so much so that it can be used as a main course to create sauces and fillings or in desserts. It is obtained from soybeans that are cooked, softened, and filtered. The milk obtained is then curdled with magnesium salts and then pressed. Rich in proteins and minerals, it is also an excellent ally against cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and hypertension.

5. Algae

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Algae are a food rich in amino acids, vegetable proteins, unsaturated fats, minerals, and vitamins. They are very versatile in the kitchen and lend themselves to various types of use as they can be added to soups (Kimbu seaweed), and salads (Wakame seaweed, Hijlki, Arame), as well as being toasted and used as a side dish (Nori seaweed).

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Remember that not only must people eat to live, but what they eat will affect their ability to keep well, to work efficiently, to enjoy life in general and even extend their life expectancy.

Eat your veggies and stay healthy! 

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22 thoughts

  1. You know…it is funny for me…I have been vegetarian for over thirty years, but I know that as a child, my diet was so boring – baked beans, cheese and tomatoes, baked potatoes and toast. I hardly had anything else. When there were meat scares here in the UK – like BSE and Foot & Mouth in cattle and sheep – it did wonders for the popularity of vegetarianism. Then in recent years, veganism has become so popular with people wanting to look after their health and also do what is kinder for the planet. I love the variety that is now available for vegetarians and vegans. It is just lovely.

  2. Great suggestions Ribana! I doubt I will ever give up meat entirely but I have cut back and it is nice to have alternatives which are so necessary. Thanks for another wonderful post Ribana!😊😻🌞

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