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40 Nutritious Protein Alternatives

From Vegetarian Cold Cuts to Nourishing Nut Butters

— August 10, 2016 — Lifestyle
These nourishing protein alternatives range from vitamin-packed nut butter spreads to vegetarian-friendly cold cuts. When looking at products modeled after cured meats or deli counter favorites like salami and sausages, standouts include banana jerky snacks that replace traditional meat with a plant-based substitute.

Similarly, traditional veggie burgers are getting an inventive overhaul with examples like patties and pepperoni that are derived from soybean and jackfruit ingredients. Additional standouts include portion-controlled or veggie-infused cheese strings snacks along with healthier dessert options like decadent brownies that are actually made with a chickpea base.

High protein legume pastas and cricket flower energy bars round off these protein alternatives and serve as the perfect pre or post-workout pick-me-up or meal options that keeps nutrition, well-being and ultimately sustainability in mind.
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Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs
Vegetarian Lentil Meatballs
These Homemade Quinoa Balls are Ideal to Throw into Sauces
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39
Meatless Fruit Skewers
Meatless Fruit Skewers
These Watermelon Feta Mint Skewers are a Sweet Take on the Popular BBQ Item
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38
Meatless Pepperoni Pizza Pockets
Meatless Pepperoni Pizza Pockets
Gardein's Kosher Pizza Pockets Are Free of Meat and GMOs
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Chickpea-Based Brownies
Chickpea-Based Brownies
Pure Genius' Garbanzo Bean Brownies are Made with Nutritious Ingredients
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36
Vegan Schnitzel Snacks
Vegan Schnitzel Snacks
Wiesenhof is Selling Vegetarian Versions of Popular German Dishes
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Vegan Tofu Pepperoni
Vegan Tofu Pepperoni
Minimalist Baker Constructs a Plant-Based Sausage Alternative Using Soybean
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Oat-Based Pork Substitutes
Oat-Based Pork Substitutes
Gold&Green Foods Uses Oats to Make Its 'Pulled&Shredded' Vegan Pork
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33
Caffeinated Seed Milks
Caffeinated Seed Milks
Rawpothecary's 'Sun Coffee' Blends Coffee with Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds
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Spicy Seafood Nuggets
Spicy Seafood Nuggets
The New Sriracha Shrimp Nibblers from White Castle are a Tasty Menu Addition
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Alternative Vegetarian Meatballs
Alternative Vegetarian Meatballs
IKEA is Launching a Vegetarian Version of Their Swedish Meatballs
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Homemade Energizing Snacks
Homemade Energizing Snacks
These Vegan and Gluten-Free Energy Bars Feature a Tropical Flair
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Vegetable-Infused Cheese Strings
Vegetable-Infused Cheese Strings
Burnett Dairy Blends Mozzarella and All-Natural Vegetables
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High-Protein Legume Pastas
High-Protein Legume Pastas
The Explore Asian Gluten-Free Bean Pasta is Packed with Protein
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Artisan Pulse Chips
Artisan Pulse Chips
RW Garcia's New Pulse Chips are Made from Protein-Rich Pulse Crops
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Watermelon Seed Butter
Watermelon Seed Butter
This Sakara Product is an Alternative to Common Nut and Seed Spreads
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Portion-Controlled Cheese Snacks
Portion-Controlled Cheese Snacks
This Snacking Cheese from BelGioioso Comes in 70-Calorie Sets
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Meatless Vegan Jerky
Meatless Vegan Jerky
Primal Spirit Foods' Vegan Snacks are Made with Seitan, Soy or Mushrooms
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Vegetarian Cold Cuts
Vegetarian Cold Cuts
Rügenwalder Mühle is Selling Vegetarian-Friendly Cold Cuts
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Microwaveable Grain Pouches
Microwaveable Grain Pouches
I Am Super Grains is a New Line of Healthy and Convenient Side Dishes
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Nut Butter Snack Packs
Nut Butter Snack Packs
Justin's New Snack Packs Combine Nut Butter with Crunchy Additions
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Spiced Banana Jerky
Spiced Banana Jerky
Antony & Sons' Dried Banana Snack is a Fruit-Based Jerky Alternative
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All-Natural Hemp Bars
All-Natural Hemp Bars
Ruth's Hemp Bars are Packed With Proteins and Essential Fatty Acids
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Social Good Snack Clusters
Social Good Snack Clusters
Project 7's 'Good Squared' Promotes Good Health and World Change
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Fruit-Based Meat Substitutes
Fruit-Based Meat Substitutes
Upton's Naturals Uses Jackfruit as a Plant-Based Alternative to Meat
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All-Natural Energy Bars
All-Natural Energy Bars
KIND's Healthy Energy Bars are Made with Just Fruits, Veggies and Chia
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Jackfruit Meat Substitutes
Jackfruit Meat Substitutes
The Jackfruit Company Uses Fruit as a Flavorful Alternative to Meat
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Cold-Pressed Protein Bars
Cold-Pressed Protein Bars
The Primal Pantry Snack Bars Opt for Entirely Natural Ingredients
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Personalized Energy Bars
Personalized Energy Bars
This Company Lets Customers Order Custom Energy Bars
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12
Cold-Pressed Meal Replacements
Cold-Pressed Meal Replacements
TrueVibe's Organic Eat Clean Meals Provide Fuel for Busy Days
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Puffed Chickpea Snacks
Puffed Chickpea Snacks
Organic 'HIPPEAS' Appeal to a New Generation of Hippies
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10
Bite-Sized Meal Replacements
Bite-Sized Meal Replacements
This Tasty Nutrition Bar is Designed to Fully Replace Daily Meals
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9
Convenient Seed Snack Packaging
Convenient Seed Snack Packaging
The Punch Foods Superseeds Organic Seed Snacks are Scrumptious
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8
Cold-Pressed Chia Seed Drinks
Cold-Pressed Chia Seed Drinks
These Cold-Pressed Juices are Packed with Superfood Ingredients
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7
Preservative-Free Protein Bars
Preservative-Free Protein Bars
These Organic Protein Bars Are a Healthy Alternative to Meals
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6
Protein-Packed Cookies
Protein-Packed Cookies
The 'Perfect Cookie' is an Energy Bar Disguised as a Baked Good
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5
Berry Superfood Bars
Berry Superfood Bars
Health Warrior's Snack Bars Celebrate Chia Seeds as a Main Ingredient
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4
Nutritionally Balanced Snacks
Nutritionally Balanced Snacks
The New Balanced Breaks Snacks are Made for Nutritious Snacking
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3
Pocket-Sized Protein Snacks
Pocket-Sized Protein Snacks
Oscar Mayer's P3 Portable Protein Packs are a Healthy Energy Source
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2
Protein Water Beverages
Protein Water Beverages
For Goodness Shake's Water is Packed with 20 Grams of Protein
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Algae Snack Bars
Algae Snack Bars
This Green Snack Bar is Made with Superfoods Like Spirulina
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