If you’re suffering from brain fog, fluid retention or a mid-afternoon slump, you may not be getting enough protein. Protein is essential for building muscle and giving us energy, and it can also help curb cravings and prevent overeating. But healthy protein levels don’t have to include meats and other animal products — there are plenty of tasty plant-based proteins that are easy to prepare and enjoy at your desk:
- Nuts and Seeds
Almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds and flax seeds are rich in minerals, healthy fats and protein.
Enjoy a handful of your favorite nuts or seeds to your salads or keep a stash at your desk to prevent those late-afternoon trips to the vending machine.
This gluten-free grain is simple to prepare and tastes great with a multitude of fruits and vegetables. Bonus: It’s also a complete protein! Swap out that sugary morning cereal with steamed quinoa, almond milk and fruit for a breakfast that will keep you full until it’s time for lunch.
- Lentils and Beans
Lentils and beans are a great source of protein, carbohydrates and fiber. Top on salads or combine with vegetables, quinoa or rice for a hearty meal.
- Soy-Based Foods
Soy containing foods such as tempeh, tofu and edamame all contain protein and amino acids. Pick one day a week to go meatless and swap out the animal-based proteins for tempeh or tofu instead.
Source: Nutrition Stripped