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As more people look to better themselves or simply feel healthier, the use of protein-based products is becoming increasingly popular. The most well-known natural source is meat, but if you’re vegetarian or vegan then this is obviously not an option. To help with this dilemma, here are six top sources of protein for people who don’t eat meat.   

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Protein can be added to a wide selection of grains such as oats, barley, rice and quinoa, some of which are perfect for breakfast. Quinoa is particularly special as it is one of the only plant sources that is classed a complete protein.

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Normally located in everyone’s dry store section of the cupboard, lentils, pulses and beans are a staple source of protein. Just 100g of boiled lentils contains around 9g of protein and they are a great way to add some texture to your soups. Chickpeas, black beans and kidney beans can also all be used to increase your protein content while staying meat-free.

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Dairy products are packed with protein. If you’re using protein in a controlled diet or exercise programme try using reduced-fat options to reduce saturated fat and calories. If you’re following a vegan diet, then you can use nut milk taken from hazelnuts or almonds as a substitute, but for the best results use soya milk. 

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Eggs are truly one of the most versatile ingredients in your kitchen. Easily available, they are a very low cost source of everything your body needs. A single hard-boiled egg contains around 6g of protein. Yet why keep it simple? Add eggs to a salad or enjoy them with your breakfast.

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If one ingredient can rival eggs for versatility, it is soy protein. When used as tofu, it is perfect for filling out a stir-fry or adding some texture to vegetarian dish. Soya beans can also be eaten or used for soya milk as mentioned above. If you’re truly looking for a meat substitute then you won’t do better. 

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As well as being used to make milk substitute for vegans, nuts are a great source of protein in stir-fries and salads. Also when combined with seeds, they are great for snacking on during the day or in between larger meals. 

 See also: 4 Top Tips for Consuming Proteins Safely and Effectively

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