Meatless Protein

HERE IS YOUR PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT! Recently I’ve talked a lot about the good, the bad, and the ugly of different protein sources what protein you should Invest your money In and who you should pass on.  Today’s post Isn’t meant to start anything with anyone who eats meat. I am a  pescetarian due to food allergies/ sensitivities. I live with meat eaters and It doesn’t bother me. Today I want to bring you a list of meatless protein sources that have been my tried and true for ages. Some Items on this list Is new and some have been around for a while now.

From corn dogs to buffalo wings, these meatless proteins will become your new go-tos.  There’s a reason why plant-based “Diets” are all the rage right now: Swapping meat for produce Is more sustainable, cost-effective, cruelty-free, and has been scientifically proven to reduce your risk of deadly metabolic diseases such as obesity. That’s exactly why there’s been a 600 percent surge In vegan and vegetarian “Diets” In the U.S. If you want to jump on the plant-based bandwagon but are concerned about missing your favorite meats, don’t fret. I’ve rounded up some of my go-to meatless kitchen staples that are so delicious that you won’t even notice you’re chomping on plants. Whether you’re looking to Improve your overall health or make PETA proud (or forget PETA altogether), try replacing a meal a day with some of these protein-packed picks stat! And If you want  supermarket shopping guides as a beginner Here Is a post I did about clean eating as a beginner you can click Here And how to shop the perimeter of the grocery store as a beginner you can click Here 

And finally, If you are curious on what happens when you stop eating meat here Is a post I did a few months back you can click Here

In today’a list a lot of the meat alternatives have gluten, wheat, and soy. If you suffer from food allergies and or sensitivities like I do some of the Items I mention won’t be for you.

Impossible Burger

PER PATTY: 220 calories, 13 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 430 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (0 g fiber, <1 g sugar), 20 g protein

With Its pulled pork texture and eerily meaty flavor, you really can’t go wrong by throwing this plant-based patty on the grill. Stack It up with crunchy lettuce, briny pickle chips, and juicy tomato, and pair with roasted veggies for a balanced meal.

Beyond Meat Grilled Strips

PER 6 STRIPS: 130 calories, 3.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 330 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 20 g protein

For a complete protein with all nine essential amino acids required for metabolism function, grab a pack of Beyond Meat’s grilled strips. This revolutionary poultry alternative packs In a respectable 20 grams of protein coming from non-GMO soy protein Isolate and pea protein Isolate and works wonders In wraps, sandwiches, and salads. What’s more, you’ll get 15 percent of your daily recommended value of energy-producing Iron.

A lot of ”chicken” alternatives made my list.

Field Roast Italian Sausage

PER SAUSAGE: 220 calories, 8 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 600 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 25 g protein

Swap that questionable Nathan’s link for Field Roast’s delectable Italian sausage and you’ll gain a whopping 20 extra grams of protein and 2 more grams of fiber. Field Roast frankfurters are traditionally crafted the old-school way and sneak in fresh eggplant, sweet peppers, and aromatic garlic for a delicious experience that will send your taste buds straight to Sicily.

Beyond Meat Burger

PER PATTY: 290 calories, 22 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 450 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 20 g protein

This meatless burger can be found In your grocery store’s meat aisle for good reason: It’s jam-packed with 20 grams of complete proteins and even “bleeds” (In the form of beet juice It’s creepy meat blood so much that I don’t often eat these). In fact, I discovered that the Beyond Burger Is beyond juicy, meaty.

Tofurky Smoky Maple Bacon Tempeh

PER 6 SLICES: 130 calories, 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 300 mg sodium, 17 g carbs (5 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 12 g protein

If you don’t know what Tempeh Is an Indonesian-born meat alternative made from fermented and fried soybeans. Add this sweet and savory take on the breakfast staple to salads for extra crunch and alongside over-easy eggs for a double dose of both fiber and protein. I personally haven’t tried this due to a soy Intolerance but I know athletes that tried this for me and they couldn’t rave enough about It.

Lightlife Smart Tenders Savory Chick’n

PER 3 TENDERS: 100 calories, 0 g fat, 370 mg sodium, 7 g carbs (5 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 18 g protein

Add a filling dose of plant-based proteins to Buddha bowls, fajitas, and lettuce roll-ups with Lightlife’s lean chick’n strips. The wheat-based meal Is rubbed with a savory spice blend of mustard, sea salt, onion, garlic, lemon, and paprika to jazz up your lunch and spike up the protein content.

Field Roast Fruffalo Wings

PER 7 WINGS WITHOUT SAUCE: 360 calories, 15 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 430 mg sodium, 23 g carbs (1 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 11 g protein

Field Roast’s vegetarian take on bold buffalo wings are just as addicting as the snack you pop during Sunday night football. Smoked apple sage sausages are lightly battered, fried to perfection, and come with a piquant sauce to kick the heat up a notch.

I like to pair these with mac and cheese and peas. I know weird combo but It’a delicious.

Tofurky DIY Chorizo Style Sausage

PER 2 OZ: 140 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 360 mg sodium, 6 g carbs (3 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 7 g protein

Who says you can’t meal prep on Meatless Mondays? Tofurky’s DIY chorizo-style sausage cooks in under 8 minutes for a balanced and piquant plant protein that can be stuffed into taco shells, low-carb tortillas, and topped over leafy greens. The vegetarian line also features a DIY Italian-style sausage flavor with tantalizing hints of black pepper and licorice.

Beyond Meat Sausage

PER 1 LINK: 190 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 500 mg sodium, 5 g carbs (3 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 16 g protein

Choose from Original, Hot Italian, and Sweet Italian, or throw all three on the barbie for a filling frank this summer. Unlike your go-to link, these plant-based hotdogs boast 3 grams of waist-cinching fiber that will help fend off midday cravings yet fulfill your guilty cravings for processed meat. Chances are, you’ll be In awe that the Beyond Sausage tastes better than the beef links you grew up with.

Yves Veggie Canadian Bacon

PER 2 SLICES: 50 calories, 0.4 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 290 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 9 g protein

Swap out your regular pork strips for Yves’ slow-cooked Canadian bacon. Pair the smoky slices with an egg scramble, whole-grain waffles, and even bake It Into a quiche for a delightful breakfast that skips the cholesterol and fat.

Gardein Teriyaki Chick’n Strips

PER ⅓ PACKAGE WITHOUT SAUCE: 120 calories, 5 g fat (0 g saturated fat) 240 mg sodium, 4 g carbs (2 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 14 g protein

Skip the weekly takeout and toss these meatless chicken strips on a cauliflower crust with tomato sauce, basil, and cheese for an easy and delicious dinner at home. Or opt for rolling the teriyaki slices with nori, sticky rice, avocado, and cucumber for a vegan-friendly take on your favorite sushi roll.

Upton’s Naturals Bar-B-Que Jackfruit

PER 2.65 OZ: 45 calories, 0 g fat, 250 mg sodium, 10 g carbs (4 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 1 g protein

While fruits are usually saved for dessert, jackfruit is known for its fibrous texture that almost seamlessly mimics real meat. This spiky fruit hails from Southeast Asia and works wonders In a sweet and sour sautee dish. Add any of our other picks on this list to the mix to skyrocket the protein count.

I turn this flavor jackfruit Into a vegan sloppy Joe.

Quorn Meatless Chick’n Tenders

PER 85 G: 90 calories, 2 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 390 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (4 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 10 g protein

Whether you’re frying some homemade chicken nuggets or tossing the chunks Into a quick stir-fry, these meatless chick’n tenders will become your new go-to. Try swapping Quorn’s pick In one of your lunch or dinner meals and see how fast you will give up chicken (or not..probably not.)

Amy’s Meatless Veggie Sausage

PER 4 LINKS: 110 calories, 3 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 320 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (2 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 7 g protein

Amy’s vegetarian sausages are blended with seasoned quinoa and veggies, deeming this pick a perfect addition to breakfast scrambles and quick dinners alike. And unlike most sausages, one four-link serving of Amy’s clocks In under 350 milligrams of belly-ballooning sodium.

365 Everyday Value Meatless Meatballs

PER 4 PIECES: 110 calories, 4 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 370 mg sodium, 9 g carbs (3 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 12 g protein

Wheat protein lends these meatless meatballs a spot-on texture and taste, which is why the fare well on a bed of pasta such as Banza or zoodles.

Final Thoughts

If you are a meat eater who Is thinking about participating In meatless Monday’s or know someone who Is looking to give up meat you can tell people about today’s list.

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Hello, my name Is Amanda and I'm the woman behind AmandaExplainsIt. I'm a Free Spirit, coffee sipping blogger and I embrace all of the messy parts of life.I'm a mommy of two precious doggies and an advocate for food allergies, animals, and nutrition In real life. I've always loved writing and writing a blog fulfills that. I'm all about spirituality and going with the flow of things. I'm new to the beauty world and I'm excited to share what I learn along the way. Come back often because I post often and I post things related to but not limited to Beauty Reviews, Product Reviews, Spirituality, Nutrition and Food Allergies, and Gluten-Free Recipes. If you like what you read let's be friends. ~XOXO A.

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