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What is the best way to get quality protein without animal products?

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Initial post: Feb 19, 2009, 12:32:39 PM PST
Nobody says:
There's a thousand opinions.....and a hundred books....

I'm interested in maintaining muscle while lowering my percentage of body fat.

I'd like to ease the meat from my diet as much as possible, while I'm not a vegetarian, I like the sound of minimizing my ex-living creature intake.

Any good ideas?

Posted on Feb 19, 2009, 9:56:00 PM PST
Elmstreet says:
Usually the protein powders do contain either proteins from soy or milk or both. They usually don't contain proteins from meat since the procedure to get out the proteins is much more complicated.
A product I highly recommend is Nutrilite Protein Powder (Product# A-7451). It is the best tasting protein powder I ever used and is very high in quality. You can order it trough ( or sometimes you can find on eBay as well. I'm not an Amway/Quixtar IBO ... I tried several protein powder products from GNC, Vitaminworld, ... and this one was by far the best (best taste, best overall satisfaction).

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2009, 3:14:36 AM PST
Nobody says:
Thank you...

I have used (and use) powders, but truly am looking for actual foods and food combinations that provide levels of protein comparable to meat and fish.


Posted on Feb 20, 2009, 6:22:16 AM PST
J. Flood says:

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2009, 8:43:48 AM PST
Nobody says:

Give me a example....I've had lentil soup, but what else can you do with them?

Posted on Feb 21, 2009, 9:17:00 AM PST
Deb B. says:
The best vegetatian protein powder you can get is non-drug hemp protein. I have used Nutiva.
you can get information at Also, sprouts are excellent meat replacement. good quality protein and many more vitamins and minerals than animal sources.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2009, 10:49:44 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2009, 10:50:28 AM PST
Here are a few options:
Soy Milk
Soy Cheese
Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP) Great in veg chili
Try the book Eat to Live, I went vegan for a while after reading this.

Posted on Feb 21, 2009, 2:26:44 PM PST
Diva's Mama says:
I used to eat a big variety of beans, seeds and nuts in general. Unfortunately, my 2 yr old has been tested to have a nut allergy (peanuts and tree nuts) so I had to make my house a nut-free zone. She drinks soy milk, eats a variety of beans including lentils, edamame and occasionally, some veggie meats. Sometimes, I use a mixture of nutritional yeast and sesame seeds as a topping for veggies. I believe that helps. So far, nobody in my family has had nutritional problems. Our doctor is actually more concerned about Vit D deficiency in all of us. Anyway, I found a lot of good bean recipes and good info on Not all are vegetarian or vegan but a lot are. Amazon sells Dr Mirkin books but you can get all the info online for free.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009, 5:34:47 AM PST
Nobody says:
Thank you very much...

I've read that there is a combination of foods that actually creates a "complete" protein....What is it?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2009, 7:27:41 AM PST
There are several. I make all of the baby food for my 10 month old twins and plan to keep them on a vegetarian diet for some time. I use a book called Super Baby Food. I realize you are not a baby, but it has great reference information on protein complimentarity. An example is grains + tahini (ground sesame seeds). The author also has a lot of recipes and money saving tips. Raw sunflower seeds are one of the greatest foods on the planet. They have everything your body needs except for vitamin C. Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2009, 9:28:27 AM PST
Legumes + Grains = Whole Protein

Posted on Mar 4, 2009, 11:15:47 AM PST
Diet for a Small Planet is an older title that talks about combining foods to make a complete protein. I think one combo was beans and rice. Sorry, I haven't read it in years, but might make a good starting point for you.

Posted on Mar 5, 2009, 12:03:35 AM PST
M. Krile says:
I love rice, hemp and Pea protein, almond and cashew butters. Pea protein is really cool: it can be used in soups, stews, sauces, gravies, smoothies, baked goods, nut butter balls (raw)... you experiment!

Lightly steamed frozen peas, raw nuts, Alaskan fish, sprouted bean/legume soups, and the grain-Quinoa, are also great and very healthy sources of protein.

The best deal$ I have found: Nutiva Hemp protein powder in the 3# bag from (S&S). Pea Protein powder is available in plain and vanilla. Make sure the rice protein is 100% brown rice for the nutrients; also available in both plain and vanilla. I keep all types on hand. I have many food sensitivities and digestive issues (IBS) so I try to curb my meat consumption. That was esp difficult during my pregnancies and now still nursing my son. So I have done a bit of research on this subject. Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 5, 2009, 2:19:42 AM PST
Slim Jensin says:
Rice and Beans together make a complete protein, at least thats what I was taught in Chefs School 40 years ago. I don't know why that would change but I would check with your local college or state college for guidance.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009, 11:18:28 AM PDT
Nobody says:
Thank you ALL for the excellent input.


Posted on Mar 9, 2009, 2:29:06 PM PDT
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Posted on Jan 4, 2011, 5:27:56 PM PST
Bill King says:
In the 1960's the newspaper was full of deaths and near deaths of so called 'hippies' who had newly went on vegetarian diets. Most single plant products do not provide all of the amino acids which animals (like humans) must have to live. But by eating a variety of vegetable protein sources vegetarians will get what they need of the several amino acids. 7th day Adventists live much longer on the average because of their diet. Done right a vegetarian diet is clearly a very good one, I think. Variety seems to be the simple key.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2013, 4:51:01 PM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
One of the better grains is quinoa.
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