Maintaining a balanced diet rich in protein is important, especially if you exercise regularly. But it doesn't mean that it has to be a challenge. Even if you don't consume meat products there are plenty of vegetarian protein sources at your disposal. Creating delicious and high-protein meals and snacks has never been easier! Here are 10 super easy high-protein vegetarian ideas to inspire and nourish you.
1. Islandic Yogurt (Skyr) and Berry Smoothie
Blend Skyr with strawberries, a banana, and a splash of milk for a creamy and protein-packed smoothie.
2. Caprese Salad with Mozzarella
Layer slices of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a quick and delicious appetizer.
3. Cheesy Scrambled Eggs with Spinach
Whisk eggs with a handful of grated cheese, then scramble with sautéed spinach for a protein-rich breakfast.
4. Cottage Cheese on Crackers
Here is another high-protein simple and satisfying snack. You can top it with freshly chopped parsley leaves.
5. Creamy Yogurt Pasta
Mix cooked wholemeal pasta with a creamy sauce made from Greek yogurt or Skyr, garlic, lemon juice, and grated parmesan.
6. Veggie and Cheese Quesadillas
Fill whole-wheat tortillas with your choice of sautéed vegetables and shredded cheese. I recommend using a high-protein cheese such as parmesan or mozzarella. Cook until the cheese melts and the tortillas are crispy.
7. Ricotta Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Remove the stems from Portobello mushrooms, fill with seasoned ricotta cheese, and bake until the mushrooms are tender and the cheese is golden.
8. Cheese and Bean Burritos
Stuff tortillas with a mixture of canned black or kidney beans, cheese, and salsa. Warm in the oven until the cheese melts.
9. Mediterranean Lentil Salad
Combine cooked lentils, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, crumbled feta cheese, parsley, red onion and toss with a dressing made from olive oil and lemon juice.
10. Yogurt Parfait with Nuts and Honey
Layer Greek yogurt or Skyr with chopped nuts, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of granola for a protein-rich dessert or snack. Tip: you can also use high-protein granola.
I hope these ideas are something you would like to try as they can be a simple and delicious way to ensure you're meeting your protein needs. And always remember, variety is key to a healthy diet! Thank you for reading!