Great question! In my experience, many meat eaters are hesitant to give up meat because they think they need it for protein. Though meat does provide protein, eating it also comes with risks. I choose to eat plant based proteins instead. There are so many vegetarian/vegan friendly foods that contain a ton of protein, and they are easy to add into your diet. These foods include, but are not limited to: tempeh, soybeans, seitan, lentils, beans, chickpeas, tofu, quinoa, peas, peanut butter, almonds, soy milk, whole wheat bread, bulgar, sunflower seeds, cashews, spinach, broccoli, the list can go on. Before becoming a vegetarian, I hadn’t heard of a majority of these foods. My diet was limited to cheeseburgers, pizza, and chicken nuggets. Being a vegetarian introduces you to a whole new world of food! If you want to read more about why I choose not to eat meat, click on the health tab in the top menu. I am a vegetarian for moral, health, and environmental reasons.
*The previous mentioned list of protein packed food is from The Vegetarian Resource Group.