What are some good foods to eat to meet the RDA for protein without eating meat?
*Raises hand* Oooo...I know!
Whole grains, beans, lentils, soy milk and host of other products provide quite a bit of protein, not to mention my favorite--quinoa. The funny thing about protein (okay, not like a "haha" funny but work with me) is as long as you eat a decent variety of foods you may meet or even exceed what you need daily by the time lunch or afternoon snack time rolls around.
quinoa provides the full chain of aminos the body needs so eat that often (It's also good as a rice substitute and in many desserts as well) Soy products can provide protein as well -but some people don't tolerate soy as well as it tends to be overly processed and it also has estrogenic effects if you consume a lot of it. Otherwise a balanced diet will give you more protein than you need.
If you are eating dairy - yogurt and cheese (organic and in moderation) can also be a good protein source.
Donna - In addition to the foods mentioned by the previous ladies, beans are really good when added together with a grain. I am really fond of hummus, and I like to spread hummus on a piece of whole wheat bread. It makes a great high protein snack. And I cannot believe no one has mentioned peanut butter and bread! But beans and cornbread are great as well! And let's not forget the incredible edible egg! I am not fond of eggs, but I can persuade myself to eat one of my deviled eggs!
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