Non-traditional protein sources

Published in For the Health of It Author: Jessica George

Whether it’s for building up strength or feeling full after a meal, protein is a vital building block for your body.

Protein isn’t just used for your muscles. It’s also used in your hair, skin and helps your cells function.

While meat, poultry and seafood are well-known traditional sources of protein, there are other foods that are good protein sources.

You don’t have to be on a vegetarian or vegan diet to appreciate these foods. Keep the following foods in mind when grocery shopping to help you make healthy meals and snacks for the whole family.

Dairy-based protein sources

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage cheese

Soy and plant-based protein sources

  • Tofu
  • Soy beans
  • Edamame beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas and other dried beans
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Quinoa and other grains
  • Seeds (chia, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, etc.)
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Kale