The Holistic Mom: Veggie Mamas and The Protein Battle

One of the questions I get asked the most as a vegetarian is - “so how do you get enough protein?!” First of all, we have a bit of a protein obsession in our society! There are plenty of protein sources that don’t involve steak and chicken. You just have to look for them!

Here are my favorites:

Quinoa - this one is surprising because it’s a seed, but it actually has 8g of protein per cup. I like to make a batch for the week. Organic Tofu - Though I am careful not to OD on soy, I love a good tofu dish and this packs a protein punch for vegetarians. Chia Seeds - 1 tbsp = 2g of protein. Add to yogurt or smoothies. Broccoli - My favorite veg is actually an awesome plant source of protein! (So are spinach and kale) After making this list I realized I could mix all the above in a bowl with some hummus for a quick, protein-fueled meal!

What are your favorite protein sources for you and your family? Email me at

Jessica Crystal is an RN, BSN with a degree from the University of Delaware, a holistic health coach certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and a mom to a busy toddler, Emma. She enjoys yoga, reading, and shopping and eating on Washington Street. To learn more, visit her blog