Bellevue Nutrition | Plant Proteins on the Rise!

Though meat remains a primary source of protein for many Americans, it seems that a large number of people are considering substituting legumes for meat on their dinner plate. Market research firms suggest 22% of Americans plan on cutting back meat intake, while an additional 15% want to increase their intake of legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Environmental and health concerns are the reasons people are choosing to shift protein sources. Below is a short list of some good quality, non-meat, protein sources:

  • Almonds: 6 grams of protein for a 1oz. serving
  • Hemp Seeds (Hearts): 10 grams of protein per 3 T.
  • Kidney Beans: 16 grams of protein per 1 c. of cooked beans
  • Lentils: 16 grams of protein per 1/3 c. of raw beans
  • Mung Beans: 14 grams of protein per 1 c. cooked beans
  • Tempeh: 15 grams of protein per 3 oz. cooked

Try substituting a plant protein for meat once or twice a week and see what you think.

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