Do I look like the Hulk? How much do you think I need? “Where do you get your protein?” is the most common (and sometimes annoying) question that I get asked once I inform someone that I do not eat meat. And yes, not even seafood. Fortunately for me, I won’t die from lack of animal. Americans actually consume way over the suggested amount. Although protein is important in your diet, typically women only need around 46 grams and men 56 grams.
There are plenty of great sources of protein without worrying about high cholesterol and saturated fat. For example; 1 cup of almonds = 20 grams, 1/2 cup of tofu = 10 grams, 1 cup of kidney beans = 26 grams, and plenty of leafy greens like kale, spinach, etc.
You’re probably thinking gross, I’ll stick with a the 10 oz rib eye, but once you start choosing alternative options, you’ll realize it all adds up and you’re not stuck with a bubble gut. Now of course if you are pregnant or trying to build muscle, extra protein can’t hurt, but a ridiculous amount is not necessary. Always consult your doctor before making extreme changes to your diet.