Plant Based Protein

Every person needs protein in their diet to build and repair their body. Meat is a great source of protein, but can often be a little expensive. Listed below are a few foods to keep your body fueled with the protein it needs without those worries!

Nuts

Nuts and nut butters work great as a fast way to get a little protein as well as some fat to keep you full. You can make a healthy trail mix of raw nuts and dried fruits for a tasty snack on the go! A few other trail mix recipes can be found on the blog:

Poppin’ Corn Trail Mix

On-The-Go Whole Grain Trail Mix

“Hit The Trail” Trail Mix

Legumes

Legumes like beans and lentils are also one of the very best sources of plant-based protein. Plus, they are high in fiber and other nutrients. As a bonus they are usually cheaper, easy to add to meals, and legumes often come conveniently packaged in cans with a long shelf life.

This week’s recipe for hummus is another tasty way to add legumes to your day! Hummus can be spread on sandwiches, served with crackers, or used as a dip for veggies. 

Quinoa

Quinoa is an easy substitute for cereal grains and pasta and can be prepared in much the same way. However, unlike other cereal grains quinoa is actually a complete protein all on its own! When you need a healthy, protein rich meal or snack, toss it with your favorite dressing, some fresh fruits, vegetables and some cheese cubes for a tasty, healthy, brightly colored quinoa power bowl. 

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