If you're aiming to stay in shape, it's believed that the optimum amount of protein to eat per meal is around 20-25g. Protein is not just an essential building block for the body, but it also keeps you feeling full until the next mealtime. If you're looking beyond just the standard sources of protein (meat, dairy or eggs), here are some ideas for alternative sources of protein!
Unlike most grains, quinoa is a complete protein source, which means that it contains all eight essential amino acids in significant quantities. Quinoa is 13.5% protein and can be cooked and eaten just like rice, or formed into burgers as depicted here.
Goji berries are actually around 15.5% protein, and as an extra bonus they are a complete protein, meaning they contain a good quantity of all eight amino acids - which is rare for a fruit! Eat them as you would any other berry.
Ok, we realise that this is a controversial one... most people in the west are uncomfortable with eating insects, but they are popular in Asia, and are a sustainable food source with a low carbon footprint. Cricket flour is typically found in snack bars, boosting the protein content of a small snack bar to 14.5g of protein.