Since it’s Veganuary, we have asked our Nutritionists to comprise a list of meat alternatives that are nutritious and still great sources of protein, to give you all some plant-based inspiration! We’re not suggesting that you should remove meat from your diet completely, or even go vegan, instead our aim is to provide inspiration for those who are looking to try something new or increase the variety in your diet.
1. BLACK BEANS – 8.8G PER 100G
A 100g of cooked black beans provides nearly 9g of protein. They are also rich in antioxidants, indicated by their punchy black colouring. Used instead of flour to make fudgy brownies.
2. HEMP SEEDS – 37.2G PER 100G
Hemp seeds also contain a complete protein source. They are also a great source of omega 3, more than many other seeds and nuts. Sprinkle them over your porridge or salad.
3. EDAMAME BEANS – 11.9G PER 100G
Another substitute containing complete protein. These tasty, high fibre beans are a good source of vitamin C, iron and healthy omega 3 fats. Add to smashed avocado on toast or blend with peas and mint to make a scrummy dip.
4. TOFU – 12.6G PER 100G
Tofu is the closest match to the protein section of your meal when it comes to the way it can be used in cooking. As well as being a good source of protein it is also high in calcium, iron and B1. Simply fry in a pan for 15 minutes and serve with your chosen veggies and carbs.
5. LENTILS – 7.6G PER 100G
Lentils are a good source of protein and iron, both of which are key nutrients we rely on meat for.