Where's The Protein In My vegetarian Diet?

Question: What can I eat for protein instead of meat?

I've been a vegetarian for a few months now, and I'm having the time of my life:) lol.

My question is what can I eat for vegetarian protein instead of meat, of course. I barely eat three square meals a day because I have a low metabolism. The most I eat in a day is a yogurt, waffle, take out or tofu every now and then.

What can I eat to get at least three healthy vegetarian meals per day? -I. W.

Savvy Vegetarian Advice:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner?  :-)

I'm not quite sure what you mean by "low metabolism". Not much appetite? sluggish digestion? physically inactive? overweight? More water, fruit & veggies, herbs & spices, and exercise will improve your appetite. The 10 Tips and Nutrition Report that I sent you should be helpful with your vegetarian diet too.

Every time that you would formerly eat some meat, chicken or fish, you now should eat some plant protein: beans, lentils, tofu, seitan, tempeh, nuts, or seeds, and protein rich grains such as quinoa, amaranth, oats. Grain & legume combos give complete protein, eg, rice and/or wheat + beans. And, don't forget, LOTS of fresh fruit and vegetables!

Be sure that you're not allergic to anything new you're eating. If you start to feel really tired, or have digestive problems, or big dark circles under your eyes, those are signs that something you're eating doesn't agree with you.

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Especially if you are on a calorie restricted diet, make sure that every calorie counts for nutrition. In other words, easy on processed food, desserts, pop, fast food etc., generous with the whole, fresh, organic foods. Avoid depending on high fat sources of protein like cheese, and if you're eating little or no eggs & dairy, be sure you're getting B12 in fortified foods, or supplements.

Judith Kingsbury, Savvy Vegetarian

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