There’s recently been a bit of controversy surrounding a high animal protein diet and whether it could be detrimental for the middle-aged. Studies show that if the middle-aged significantly cut down their protein or consume plant sourced protein instead, they could increase their life span. There seems to be a bit of a negative attitude towards veggie protein, but there are some delicious recipes out there which are also significantly cheaper than getting your protein through expensive meats. So take a look at these veggie protein snack and meal ideas.



250ml semi-skimmed/skimmed milk
1 banana
1 generous tbls peanut butter

Simply blend these ingredients up and enjoy. Peanut butter is really rich in protein and bananas are full of potassium, making this a particularly good post-workout milkshake.



Celery sticks/apple halves (with the middle scooped out)
Any nut butter e.g. peanut, almond, cashew
Almonds, raisins

Load the celery sticks/apple halves with some but butter and top with almonds or raisins for a deliciously high protein snack.

Dip sticks of carrots, peppers or cucumber into your favourite chickpea or sesame seed hummus for a great on-the-go protein snack.

Load cocktail sticks with small cubes of cheddar and grapes for an easy peasy protein snack.

If you’re looking for something a little more filling, then an omelette is an excellent protein-filled meal that is tasty and also cheap to make. What’s also great about omelettes is that you can pretty much chuck in whatever ingredients you have in your fridge.

2/3 large eggs
A dash of milk
½ cup cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper
Optional: onion, pepper, potato, spinach, feta, tomatoes, etc.

Whisk the eggs in a jug and add the other ingredients.
Pour into a frying pan and fry on a medium heat until the omelette is cooked thoroughly throughout.
Place under a hot grill for a few minutes to crisp the cheese.

Tofu is an excellent meat-free source of protein. Due to its versatility tofu is the staple ingredient of many dishes and can be ‘jazzed up’ with herbs and spices of enjoyed on its own.
1 ounce firm tofu
Garlic and chilli marinade
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
½ red onion, ½ white onion
10 medium mushrooms

Cut the tofu into small chunks and marinade with the garlic and chilli.
Leave to rest in the fridge for 1 hour
Cut the veg into chunks and place on skewers with the tofu
Grill for 10 mins

Cliona Elliot, Editor (Food)

Find out more on what researchers have to say about a high protein diet.

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