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.
BANANA AND PEANUT BUTTER MILKSHAKE
250ml semi-skimmed/skimmed milk
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.
NUT BUTTER BOATS
Celery sticks/apple halves (with the middle scooped out)
Any nut butter e.g. peanut, almond, cashew
Load the celery sticks/apple halves with some but butter and top with almonds or raisins for a deliciously high 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)
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