Try savory protein powder
Vova Shevchuk/Shutterstock “You can add protein powder to more things than just smoothies!” health coach Michelle Gindi says. “I’ve had great success adding protein powder to my morning pancakes and some granola bars, which is a sneaky and delicious way to get in more protein! I’ve even stirred some protein powder into vegetable soup for an all-in-one meal.”
Add spirulina to your smoothies
Dmitry Zimin/Shutterstock One simple way for how to get more protein is to make it a topping. Registered dietitian and nutritionist Ashvini Mashru recommends spirulina, the superfood you’ve never heard of. “This natural algae is one of the most potent protein sources available, with 16 grams per ounce! Not to mention it’s a great source of antioxidants, B vitamins, iron, calcium, and other nutrients. Add it to your fruit smoothies or protein shakes!”
Sprinkle on nutritional yeast
HandmadePictures/Shutterstock Nutritional yeast is like the best-kept secret of the vegetarian and vegan community. “One ounce of this flaky seasoning contains 14 grams of protein!” Mashru explains. “Nutritional yeast has a cheesy flavor and can be used to season anything from scrambled eggs to salad to pesto.” It’s also an amazing source of B vitamins, doubling as a perfect vegan alternative for cheese. Here are some complete protein foods that don’t contain any meat.