If It Fits Your Macros

5 Meatless High Protein Food Ideas in a Pinch!

high protein meatless ideas in a pinch

Hey guys! This past Wednesday with the start of lent, I realized quickly that I would have to adjust my protein sources a bit, as eating meat was no longer an option on Fridays and more specifically Ash Wednesday! Luckily, I had some protein in the freezer that saved my butt, and allowed me to continue to hit my macros!

1. Frozen Fish
Tilapia, Salmon, Tuna, you name it, it’ll probably keep really well in the freezer. Luckily I had been at Aldi’s a few months ago and had some left over Tilapia to quickly prepare. I used a simple breading technique with flour and egg whites and actually coated the fillets in Frosted Flakes again, which turned out amazing! Sweet and crunchy at the same time!

Macros (1 fillet):
Fat: 2 g
Carbs: 0 g
Protein: 20 g

2. Egg Whites
While egg whites are a part of my daily routine from protein pancakes or simply scrambled egg whites, they are an easy go to when meat is no longer an option. Costco sells egg whites by the bulk for much cheaper than the grocery stores. You can prepare them in so many ways; scrambled, in an omelette, in protein pancakes, or even hard boiled, the options are really endless!

Macros (1 cup):
Fat: 0 g
Carbs: 0 g
Protein: 26.7 g

3. Greek Yogurt
I always buy 0% non-fat because it has the lowest fat and carb content, while still remaining high in protein. Greek yogurt is great to add to protein pancakes or to eat plain or mixed with peanut butter, fruit, or honey. Generally to save money I buy the generic store brand because some of the popular brands are a little pricey!

Macros (8 ounces):
Fat: 0 g
Carbs: 6 g
Protein: 24 g

4. Seafood
A lot of people forget about seafood. It is one of those great protein sources that can be prepared quickly. Shrimp? You can eat that cold as a shrimp cocktail! My favorite is scallops but they are usually pretty pricey! I save those for special occasions or when they’re on sale. Of course, you could always splurge and get the lobster as well! 🙂

Macros (4 ounces of shrimp):
Fat: 1.4 g
Carbs: 0 g
Protein: 26.7 g

5. Whey Protein
If you’re really in a pinch to meet your protein macros, then whey protein is also a great option. I try to limit the amount of whey protein I actually drink because I like to eat my protein and feel fuller with food, but will add it to oatmeal and my protein pancakes to really up the protein content. My favorite brands are Dymatize Fudge Brownie and Optimum Nutrition French Vanilla Creme. I usually shop at Body Building only because I have found it to be decently priced and it usually arrives within 1-2 days.

Macros (1 scoop or 31 g of whey):
Fat: 0.5 g
Carbs: 2 g
Protein: 25 g

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So there you have it! 5 alternatives to meat to help you meet your protein macros. Using just those 5 recommended above and I would have easily hit my protein content for the day! As always, you can easily change the portion sizes to make them work for your macros!

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