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9 Perfect Protein Solutions for Vegetarians

Great protein options to round out your meal.

1. Cereal

Cereals fortified with extra protein from whole grains are an excellent breakfast or anytime snack. Make your own oatmeal and top it with your favorite ingredients for a healthy, tasty way to begin your day.

2. Nuts

A handful of your favorite nuts provide protein and other vitamins. Swap a handful of potato chips for the crunch of natural nuts and you’ll give your body a filling protein boost.

3. Lentils

Perfect in soups or as a side, lentils are an economical way to get flavor and protein into your diet.

4. Soy

Some varieties of tofu and protein provide as much protein as milk.

5. Peanut Butter

Like nuts, peanut butter is a great way to give your body the protein it needs. Because of the high fat content, its important to eat this tasty treat in moderation.

6. Cheese

Pick your favorite cheese and enjoy a few slices on a sandwich or as a snack with whole grain crackers and an apple.

7. Beans

With plenty of varieties, beans offer a low-fat way to get more protein and fiber into your diet.

8. Broccoli

Added to your lunchtime salad or as a side dish to a weeknight meal, broccoli is a dark leafy green that’s packed with protein.

9. Quinoa

Try this protein-rich whole grain instead of rice for a flavorful swap that will keep you feeling fuller, longer.

Reader's Digest
Originally Published in Reader's Digest