A healthy body relies on protein. This essential macronutrient is responsible for many functions, including building muscle, bone and skin, repairing tissue, aiding in digestion, and regulating hormone development. High-protein foods also speed recovery after injury or exercise, curb the appetite, and help maintain a healthy weight.
But can you get enough protein from plants? Yes! Despite the common misconception, many plant-based foods are loaded with protein, as well as other important nutrients and fiber necessary for a healthy balanced diet. Eating excessive amounts of animal products, especially processed and red meat, carries risks you won’t find with plant-based protein, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and certain cancers. Keep in mind that we get protein in many different foods in our diet and it adds up.
The Meatless Monday Plant-Based Protein Package includes a series of graphics and articles highlighting the many ways an individual can incorporate more plant-based protein into their diet. The information is presented in a way that’s practical and easy to understand and implement, and the visuals are designed to be shared digitally, through email, intranet, or social media accounts. Make smart food choices by starting with Meatless Monday.
Plant-based protein comes in many forms and flavors, giving you almost unlimited options for recreating your favorite meals, meatless.
But what about PROTEIN? Not to worry, protein deficiency is extremely rare in the U.S., even amongst full time vegetarians and vegans. Enjoy beans, tofu, edamame, quinoa, plant-based meats and so many other options for delicious and healthy Meatless Monday meals.
Adding nuts to your meals or as a snack is an easy way to incorporate more plant-based protein into your Meatless Monday. Nut butters are also very versatile for cooking, a spoonful can enhance sauces, desserts, and even chili.
New to Meatless Monday and looking for easy swaps for meat? Check out our complete guide to plant-based proteins that cover simple and healthy options in place of beef, chicken, pork, bacon, and traditional meaty meals.
See how many plants can taste just like chicken this Meatless Monday with a few of these popular plant-based alternatives.