Protein-Rich Foods for Different Food Preferences

Quinoa is a protein-rich whole grain.

Protein is a very essential macronutrient and a crucial part of our diet. We are often told that protein strengthens our bones. As true as that is, there are plenty of other benefits to instilling more protein in your diet.

Benefits of a high protein diet:

  • Aids in weight loss by reducing hunger
  • Helps gain muscle
  • Keeps bones strong
  • Improves your metabolism
  • Improves your body’s ability to heal itself, for example for wounds
  • Lowers blood pressure

Traditionally, high-protein diets almost always contain meat and poultry. The masses believe that the right amount of protein in your diet can only be obtained by consuming poultry and that is certainly not true. In fact, many of us choose not to eat poultry for a variety of reasons and personal preferences. However, you can consume the adequate amount of protein you need in your diet without changing your preferences.

Here is our list of protein-rich foods other than poultry that you can incorporate into your diet:


Tofu has become a popular vegetable alternative to poultry as a source of protein. Tofu is an integral part of Asian cuisine. Tofu is made from boiled soybeans and is an excellent source of protein. Plus, it’s extremely versatile when it comes to incorporating different dishes. It’s also a great vegan substitute for Paneer.


If you are a vegetarian, paneer may already be an important part of your diet. However, in addition to being an excellent source of protein, it is also low in carbohydrates, which is also suitable for people who prefer a low-carb, high-protein diet. Paneer is also rich in calcium and helps in weight loss.


Whey has recently taken over the market as a great protein-rich option for vegetarians. Although not vegan, it is an excellent source of protein and has many other health benefits. Whey is usually found in powder form or in protein bars etc. Whey has many benefits such as boosting weight loss, improving asthma, lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and much more.


Edamame has also emerged in Indian markets across world cuisines recently. It’s a big part of Asian cooking and it’s a great source of protein. Edamame is very similar to peas and can be used as a much healthier substitute for the same. It is a great source of energy, extremely beneficial for people with diabetes, etc.


Chickpeas or also known as cholla are an excellent source of protein for vegans. Chickpeas are also extremely versatile when it comes to incorporating them into your diet. You can prepare it the traditional way, but you can also use boiled chickpeas in salads, as a tortilla filling, in sandwiches, etc.


Lentils are another very common source of protein, especially for Indian cuisine. Also known as dal, lentils come in a wide variety and are also easy to cook. Lentils are rich in fibre, iron and potassium. They also lower cholesterol and protect you against diabetes. They’re known to keep you fuller for longer, making them the perfect protein source to incorporate into your breakfast.


Quinoa is extremely nutrient dense and an excellent source of protein for vegans. Quinoa works as a much healthier alternative to rice and can be substituted with it. In fact, it can be replaced with various carbohydrate-rich dishes such as pasta, noodles, etc. Quinoa is proven to be rich in various nutrients such as magnesium, iron, fiber and of course protein.

In addition to this, dried fruits such as peanuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, almonds, etc. are also an excellent source of protein and a much healthier alternative for snacking. Finally, we believe you can get the ideal amount of protein and other important nutrients without making major changes to your food preferences.

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