Many Americans eat too much protein. Part of the reason is our portions of meat are large and the other part is we are still trying to follow a low carb diet. We should be eating about 15-20% of our total calories from protein and we are eating closer to 40%. When you go low carb, you end up eating protein and fat mostly. Eating too much protein can be hard on our kidneys, bones, heart and you are at risk of nutrient deficiencies. Even if you are weight training or trying to gain muscle, you will only need a little more protein but not much more. Yes, the main foods that contain protein are meat, poultry, fish, eggs, but whole grains, veggies, nuts, milk, yogurt, and beans also contain protein. Try focusing on the veggies and whole grains in a meal instead of the meat; fill half your plate with veggies. You don't have to have meat at every meal. You may actually lose weight if you cut down on protein/meat and replace it with the right foods.
Here are some vegetarian recipes to throw into your diet regimen:
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