Whether you’re looking to bulk up for a competition or to lose weight while maintaining muscle mass, protein is an important part of pretty much everyone’s diet, so one of the biggest worries about dropping meat is keeping the protein intake up.
Despite their negative reputation, it’s quite possible to get significant amounts of protein from certain vegetables and legumes without having to serve portions that a panda would be proud of.
However, when it comes to protein, the quality is more important than the quantity. So, although not all of the foods listed contain huge amounts of protein, they’re all very healthy and a staple of any balanced diet.
UPDATE: All figures have been pulled from Nutrition Data thanks to Tammi.
One of the best advantages to eating sunflower seeds as a source of protein is that they’re like a smaller version of a protein bar, with all of the amino acids and none of that great cardboardy taste.
Unlike a few of the other sources I’ll be telling you about further down the page, finding sunflower seeds is as easy as shaking the flowers a few times with a bowl underneath to collect them. But, even if they’re not growable in the season you’re reading this post in, they should be available in any health store and most supermarkets where you live.
There aren’t too many recipes that I can think of that call for sunflower seeds, so if you have any that you use, please feel free to let me know. However, what I do have is a recipe for crunchy toasted seeds, similar to how they’d taste out of the packet from the shop.