As a vegetarian, you have different dietary needs than the typical carnivore. You’re used to adjusting your menu, whether you are out for dinner or a guest in someone’s house. But sometimes eating a nutritionally balanced diet, even in your own home, can present challenges. If you are working on fitness goals, you may have heard that it’s good to boost your protein consumption. But as a vegetarian, there are only so many protein options you have. Finding high protein snacks for vegetarians might be a little more difficult than it is for others, but it’s not impossible.
High protein snacks for vegetarians are often the very same high protein snacks for meat eaters. Think about it—most meat eaters don’t eat meat at snack time, only during meals. So if you search for “protein snacks” in our blog, you’ll find several different entries with suggestions to fit any dietary need.
The reason getting more protein during a fitness training program is so important is because protein is crucial in the building and repairing of muscle tissue. As you workout, your muscles go through some trauma. To build the muscles and repair any trauma, the body utilizes protein. Increased dietary protein can help you further your fitness goals and can also take the place of other, not-so-healthy options.
Perhaps the easiest high protein snacks for vegetarians include protein bars and shakes. These are convenient methods of getting protein no matter what your diet restrictions are. The Peak Performance protein bars we offer come in several flavors and are packed with superior quality ingredients. There’s no meat in these but they do have plenty of protein to meet your nutritional needs.
Some of the below options are not appropriate for vegans but additional high protein snacks for vegetarians include:
- Bean/Veggie Wrap
- Peanut Butter w/ Apple Slices
- Peanut Butter w/Celery
- Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie (made with Peak Performance Whey Protein Powder)
- Bean Salad
Ensuring you get protein at every meal is another way to lessen the burden on high protein snacks for vegetarians. Including different beans and legumes in your diet is crucial as a vegetarian, whether you are working towards fitness goals or not. Simply being aware of your protein intake can lead you in the right direction and ensure you are getting everything you need to live a healthy lifestyle.