Whether you're a full-time vegetarian, or just looking to add a few meatless meals to your routine, it's important to remember that skipping meat shouldn't mean skipping protein. "Protein is important to include at every meal, as it helps with satiety so you stay full for longer," Alissa Rumsey, M.S., R.D. tell SELF. So, even if you're eating eggs for breakfast and tofu for dinner, you need to eat some protein with lunch, too.
While turkey sandwiches and chicken-topped salads are out, there are tons of vegetarian protein sources to choose from when it comes to packing lunch. Whether you want a soup or stew, a flavor-packed salad, or a make-ahead grain bowl, here are some options to suit any mood.
This story originally appeared on Self.
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