Meatless Monday Promotes Protein!

May 10th, 2010

vegetable protein strongmanAs a public health organization, we at Meatless Monday receive plenty of questions about proper diet and nutrition. When it comes to meatless meals, it seems that some of us are still concerned about getting enough protein. Fortunately, going meatless one day a week can actually improve your protein intake! Turns out, the average American eats an astounding 160-190% of the USDA’s recommended amount of protein, mostly in the form of saturated-fat laden meat products. When you have a Meatless Monday, you’re moving towards healthier levels of protein consumption.

If you’re still searching for protein on Meatless Monday, look no further than your plate! See, there are countless sources of plant-based protein. Many of us already know that soy products like tofu and tempeh are packed with protein, but it can also be found in fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and pastas, nuts, and all varieties of beans.

Here’s just a short list of plant-based proteins, complete with a healthy recipe you can enjoy this week!