10 Ways To Get Protein Without Eating Meat

Protein: It’s the nutrient your system needs to build and repair every body tissue, a process that’s constantly ongoing. And because it takes longer to digest than carbohydrates, it fills you up and can help you maintain a healthy weight.

But if you think the stuff's only found in animal products, then you’re in for a nutritional wake-up call. Though meat, dairy, and fish generally have higher quantities of protein, many plant-based sources contain decent amounts of it as well — and some even offer complete protein, containing all the amino acids your body needs to function properly.

“A diet rich in plant protein is usually lower in fat, and it has more fiber, antioxidants, and water, which help decrease disease-causing inflammation and even clear up allergies and skin issues,” says Brittany Kohn, RD, a nutritionist in New York City.

The USDA suggests men aim for 56 grams of protein a day and women go for 46 grams. So whether you’re vegetarian or vegan, or just trying to incorporate a few more meat-free meals into your weekly rotation, check out these delicious options for protein that are plant-based.